George Raft, playing himself, recalls his days on Broadway, where he acquired a reputation as a great dancer--and also one as a brawler, a ladies man and an associate of some of the city's most notorious gangsters.

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Marjorie Rambeau ...
Lillian (Lil) Rice
Anne Gwynne ...
Pearl
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Nick
Edward Brophy ...
Porky (as Edward S. Brophy)
Marie Wilson ...
Grace
Gus Schilling ...
Joe
Ralf Harolde ...
Dolph
Arthur Shields ...
Pete Dailey
Iris Adrian ...
Maisie
Janet Warren ...
Ruby (as Elaine Morey)
Dorothy Moore ...
Ann
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George Raft, hoofer at the Paradise Club, shares his ambitions with his dancing partner, Billie Moore. She is also the quarry of Stave Crandall, a big-shot racketeer and bootlegger. When Steve bumps of "Scar" Edwards, from whom he has hijacked four truckloads of, the Paradise, where the shooting occurred, becomes the focal point of interest of Police Detective Dan McCorn. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The original Broadway production of "Broadway" opened at the Broadhurst Theater on September 26, 1926 and ran for 603 performances. See more »

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Despite the fact that the bulk of the story is taking place in the 1920s, all the women's hairstyles and fashions are strictly in the contemporary 1942 style. See more »

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Maisie: [to George Raft] You've got to get a classy name. That 'George Raft' is too ordinary.
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Music by Gerardo Matos Rodríguez
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Highly sanitized, but the boy can move!
29 November 2006 | by (Arizona) – See all my reviews

With only a brushing acquaintance with the truth, "Broadway" offers a glimpse of the early speakeasy life of George Raft. Raft plays himself, a good idea as later attempts would prove no one else could ever portray him. It is a bowdlerized version of his time as a dancer employed in the nightclub of Texas Guinan - here renamed Lil. This George Raft is all about work, pines for only one woman, and never met a gangster he liked - so far from reality it has to provoke a smile. But its heart, and his, is in the right place.

The movie is completely worth seeking out for the all too brief George Raft style of dance. Too rare were the films that allowed him to exhibit that "fastest dancer in New York" technique. Raft was past 45 when he shot this and was recreating moves from his 20s, and that alone is impressive. The boy could still move! Raft's poker pal Pat O'Brien gets to play a wise cop again, and bombastic Broderick Crawford is a real scene-stealer as the bootlegging gang leader with a penchant for murder.

A major problem with the film is its complete neglect of setting. There is no attempt to create the styles of the late 1920s, which would have added so much atmosphere (and truth). It could have used a lot more grit as well.


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