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Broadway Rhythm (1944)

 -  Family | Music  -  19 January 1944 (USA)
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Broadway producer Johnny Demming courts big-name talent for his upcoming musical show, oblivious to the talent all around him, in his family and friends. When Johnny finally lands Hollywood... See full summary »

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Ginny Simms ...
Helen Hoyt
Charles Winninger ...
Sam Demming
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Patsy Demming (as Gloria de Haven)
Nancy Walker ...
Trixie Simpson
Ben Blue ...
Felix Gross
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Fernway de la Fer
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Eddie
Hazel Scott ...
Hazel Scott
Kenny Bowers ...
Ray Kent
Aggie Ross ...
Dance Specialty (as The Ross Sisters)
Elmira Ross ...
Dance Specialty (as The Ross Sisters)
Maggie Ross ...
Dance Specialty (as The Ross Sisters)
Dean Murphy ...
Hired man on Farm
Louis Mason ...
Farmer
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Broadway producer Johnny Demming courts big-name talent for his upcoming musical show, oblivious to the talent all around him, in his family and friends. When Johnny finally lands Hollywood star Helen Hoyt for his cast, Helen herself tries opening Johnny's eyes to the talents of his dad and sister. But Johnny remains adamant. Will his family and friends launch their own show, in competition with Johnny's? Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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19 January 1944 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The song "What Do You Think I Am?" was originally from the musical, Best Foot Forward (1943), and was cut from the film version. See more »

Goofs

Impressionist Dean Murphy, impersonating Joe E. Brown, is in a barnyard sketch with Nancy Walker. His armpit sweat varies from shot to shot - very wet, a couple smalls spots, dry and wet again. See more »

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Johnny Demming: Here we are - three weeks before the opening and we haven't got a leading lady.
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Written by Don Raye and Gene de Paul
Sung by Ginny Simms and George Murphy
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All The Things You Are Is Salvaged
21 April 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I can hardly believe that Broadway Rhythm started out as Very Warm For May on Broadway, one of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein, II's flop musicals. A look at the biography of Jerome Kern by Gerald Bordman tells me that other than it being a backstage story, the plot of Very Warm For May and Broadway Rhythm is completely different. The character names have been changed and almost an entire new score was written for the film.

The one song retained from Kern's score is one of the best he ever wrote, All The Things You Are. It happens that way sometimes, a flop musical can yield a gem of a hit. Ginny Simms sings it beautifully.

Don Raye and Gene DePaul wrote the original songs, nothing terribly memorable. Some other material was interpolated among them my favorite George Gershwin song, Somebody Loves Me which guest star Lena Horne sings to perfection. Oddly enough the song Broadway Rhythm isn't heard here or may have wound up on the cutting room floor.

George Murphy plays a Broadway producer and son of an old time vaudeville performer Charles Winninger. Winninger thinks Murphy has gone too high hat and feels that sentimentality and schmaltz will always sell on Broadway. To prove it he and movie star Ginny Simms who Murphy is trying to get to star in a new show he's producing go out and invest their money and produce an old show that Murphy had discarded years ago.

Broadway Rhythm has a lot of good talent in the cast like Nancy Walker, Ben Blue, Hazel Scott, and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Sad that it was all wasted on a very trite backstage story.


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