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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:
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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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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Featured in That's Entertainment! III (1994) See more »


I Love Corny Music
Written by Don Raye and Gene de Paul
Sung by Charles Winninger (uncredited) and Tommy Dorsey (uncredited)
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Dismal musical trifle with routine backstage story about putting on a show...
25 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

Whomever took a look at the final script for "Broadway Rhythm" must have realized that the only thing that might put this one over would be an abundance of talented performers, since the plot was a mere trifle.

As a result, the film is full of gifted performers unable to bring much life to this routine musical about a producer quarreling with his father over how to produce their next show and walking out on him. Of course, everything is straightened out by the final reel and the show is a smash hit.

MGM produced this in velvety Technicolor with all the trimmings but there's no disguising the fact that the witless script is full of flat lines and only occasionally does a song get that MGM treatment.

George Murphy and Ginny Simms get top billing with Gloria DeHaven, Charles Winninger, Nancy Walker and Ben Blue in good support. Guest star Lena Horne gives the film its most solid moments with two specialty numbers and Hazel Scott does magic with her finger work at the piano. Eddie "Rochester" Anderson provides some comic relief.

But Murphy gets only one dance routine at the finale and Ginny Simms only gets one memorable song ("All The Things You Are") to warble before the show is over. It all has a slap-dash kind of organization, the story flow stopping every few moments to accommodate another frenzied number.

The tiresome script is the problem, lacking wit and originality. Six years later, "Summer Stock" with Judy Garland and Gene Kelly (and Gloria DeHaven) did a much better job with similar material and better songs.

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