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The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 1 September 1949 (Sweden)
A successful but constantly-feuding husband and wife musical comedy team threatens to break up when the wife entertains an offer to become a serious actress.

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Cast

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Josh Barkley
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Dinah Barkley
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Ezra Millar
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Mrs. Livingston Belney
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Shirlene May
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Jacques Pierre Barredout (as Jacques Francois)
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The Judge
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Bert Felsher
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Pamela Driscoll
Carol Brewster ...
Gloria Amboy
Wilson Wood ...
Larry
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Storyline

Josh and Dinah Barkley are a successful (though argumentative) musical-comedy team, yet Dinah chafes as Galatea to her husband's Pygmalion. When serious playwright Jacques Barredout envisions her as a great dramatic actress, Dinah is not hard to persuade. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Comedy | Musical

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Release Date:

1 September 1949 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

You Made Me Love You  »

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$2,325,420 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 1, 1951 with Ginger Rogers reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

In "Shoes with Wings on" dance, one dancer has his shoes off when trying the tap shoes. When he takes them off and gives them to Fred Astaire's character, the dancer forgets to pick up his shoes when he walks out the door. After that, they are not to be found when the routine continues. See more »

Quotes

Ezra Millar: Thank you. I'm touched, the piano's touched, and Tchaikovsky's touched.
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Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

They Can't Take That Away from Me
(1937)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Sung by Fred Astaire (uncredited)
Danced by Fred Astaire (uncredited) and Ginger Rogers (uncredited)
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Fred and Ginger in Glorious MGM Technicolor
21 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE BARKLEYS OF Broadway was originally written to reunite Fred Astaire and Judy Garland after their smash hit EASTER PARADE; however, Judy was having a lot of health problems at the time and was unable to do the film, which paved the way for Ginger Rogers to reunite with her former film partner for the first time in ten years and for the first time in color. Sadly, this would also be their last film together but it is quite the send off for these dancing legends. The film, written by Betty Comden and Aldoph Green (SINGIN IN THE RAIN)follows a Broadway song and dance team named Josh and Dinah Barkley, who are at the peak of their careers, but Dinah feels like she's suffocating from Josh's Svengali-like grip on her career and decides she wants to become a serious actress. Of course, this story does parallel what happened with Astaire and Rogers ten years earlier when Rogers yearned to become a dramatic actress and actually won an Oscar the following year for KITTY FOYLE. The road to their inevitable reunion is predictable (and as for Ginger's interpretation of some French play, the less said the better)but the team;s dancing is still spectacular even after ten years away from each other. Their comic duet in Scottish kilts "Me One and Only Highland Fling" is a delight and Fred's solo "Shoes with Wings On" is brilliant, even though realistically, this number would be physically impossible to do in a theater as it is presented here, but I digress. And their final dance to "They Can't Take That Away From Me" is one of the loveliest pas de deuxs ever filmed. Not up to par with SINGIN IN THE RAIN or THE BAND WAGON, but classy entertainment with that beloved MGM gloss.


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