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Broadway Rhythm (1944)

A reluctantly retired vaudevillian clashes with his producer son who thinks his father's entertainment is passe and audiences need something more sophisticated. Meanwhile the producer's father and sister secretly produce their own show.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Demming
Patsy Demming
Trixie Simpson
Felix Gross
Fernway de la Fer
Hazel Scott ...
Hazel Scott
Kenny Bowers ...
Ray Kent
Maggie Ross ...
Maggie (as The Ross Sisters)
Aggie Ross ...
Aggie (as The Ross Sisters)
Elmira Ross ...
Elmira (as The Ross Sisters)
Dean Murphy ...
Hired Man


Broadway producer Jonnie Demming courts big-name talent for his upcoming musical show, oblivious to the talent all around him, in his family and friends. When Jonnie finally lands Hollywood star Helen Hoyt for his cast, Helen herself tries opening Jonnie's eyes to the talents of his dad and sister. But Jonnie remains adamant. Will his family and friends launch their own show, in competition with Jonnie's? Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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Release Date:

13 April 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Broadway Melody of 1944  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nightclub impressionist Dean Murphy plays the Hired Man in one barnyard scene with Nancy Walker where he impersonates several celebrities of the day including Joe E. Brown, Edgar Bergen as Charlie McCarthy then Mortimer Snerd, Clark Gable, Ronald Colman, Wendell Willkie, Bette Davis, James Stewart, Franklin D. Roosevelt and finally Eleanor Roosevelt. See more »


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 »


Jonnie Demming: Here we are - three weeks before the opening and we haven't got a leading lady.
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References Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927) See more »


Waltz in D Flat Major (The Minute Waltz)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Arranged by Phil Moore
Performed by Hazel Scott
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The Ross Sisters
14 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've always enjoyed this movie and consider it one of the better musicals of the 1940's. There has been quite a bit of interest in the Ross Sisters as they have popped up all over the internet due to their performance in Broadway Rhythm. They were billed as Aggie, Maggie, and Elmira but their real names were Vicki, Dixie, and Betsy. They hailed from Colorado City, Texas and were daughters of dirt farmers during the dust bowl days. They trained on their own and began working theaters and fairs in the Midwest. Pooling their money, they bought a trailer and moved to New Jersey to a trailer park about a mile from the George Washington bridge on Route 6. They earned minor roles in a George Kaufman play, Count Me In, and went on to Broadway Rhythm then Pickadilly Hayride at the Prince of Wales Theater in London. They were summoned before the King and Queen for a command performance on Nov. 4, 1946.

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