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.
In Mexico, a former bandit settles down and picks out a beautiful young dancer to be his wife. His younger brother also comes home after having spent years in the U.S., and falls in love ... See full summary »
Musical comedy antics in an art deco bakery (motto: "Glorifying the American Doughnut") with Eddie Cantor as an assistant to a phoney psychic, who is mistaken for an efficiency expert and ... See full summary »
A. Edward Sutherland
International con artist Martha Hicks a.k.a. Countess von Claudwig is released from another stay in prison and decides to treat her rheumatism with a stay at her estranged husband's hotel ... See full summary »
Harry Wagstaff Gribble,
Small town girl meets and falls for a playboy type on a train to New York. For him, the fling is over when they arrive, but she continues to carry a torch. She meets and marries his brother... See full summary »
Gregory La Cava
Nice-guy bookie Dan Gannin plans to quit the racket; he's opening a new night club with his torch-singing sister as main attraction. But Dan's best friend Hal runs afoul of "protection" ... See full summary »
Edwin L. Marin
Fresh from Chinatown in New York, Harry Young has taken over the illegal import business in the seamy Limehouse district of London, where he cold-bloodedly disposes of rivals and runs a ... See full summary »
Police detective Joe Warner investigates the shooting of womanizing composer Keith Vincent. Evidence points to suicide and that is the official verdict, but Joe doesn't buy it and ... See full summary »
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
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"Broadway" is a semi-biopic/gangster movie in which the stars align and everything works. It has all the elements of a hit movie; good idea, good script, good cast, good music, good pacing. It is listed as a musical but the musical is almost incidental; the movie takes place backstage at a theater (which is also a speakeasy) and it contains a couple of old songs for the chorus girls to perform. George Raft tells the story in flashback, as he visits New York and reminisces about the old days, particularly about his gangster involvement.
I don't care for George Raft. He was a wooden actor and had an unattractive persona and appearance. But here I feel he did his best work, even creating a little sympathy for his character as well as showing his dancing feet - remember, he is a middle-aged guy playing a young guy. He was better here than in "Souls At Sea". The picture gets a big lift from Broderick Crawford as the heavy, and his acting here rivals his AA performance in "All The King's Men". Pat O'Brien plays a 'flatfoot'(no surprise) and comic relief comes in the form of SZ Sakall and Edward Brophy. Janet Blair and Anne Gwynne were very pretty in slight roles; too bad their careers weren't more prolific.
The picture moves at a good pace, and I really can't think of a drawback or a valid complaint. Thoroughly entertaining from start to finish, a quick 90 minutes. It was shown at Cinevent, Columbus,O. 5/12.
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