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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Doris Day ... Melinda Howard

Gene Nelson ... Tom Farnham

S.Z. Sakall ... Adolph Hubbell

Billy De Wolfe ... Lefty Mack

Gladys George ... Jessica Howard
Florence Bates ... Mrs. Anna Hubbell
Anne Triola ... Gloria Davis
Hanley Stafford ... George Ferndel - Producer
Page Cavanaugh Trio ... Themselves
Carlo De Mattiazzi ... Dance Specialty
Constance De Mattiazzi ... Dance Specialty
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Murray Alper ... Joe the Bartender (uncredited)
Jimmy Aubrey ... Ship's Steward (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Reporter (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Theatregoer in Box (uncredited)
Herschel Daugherty ... Sidney (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Ship Passenger (uncredited)
Elizabeth Flournoy ... Secretary (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Ship Passenger / Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Carl Harbaugh ... Doorman (uncredited)
Ray Heindorf ... Ship's Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Hans Herbert ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Sheldon Jett ... Gus (uncredited)
John Milton Kennedy ... The Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Driver (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Edith Leslie ... Jessica's Nurse (uncredited)
Jimmy Lloyd ... Reporter (uncredited)
Charles Marsh ... Reporter (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Paul McGuire ... Reporter (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Theatregoer (uncredited)

Barry Norton ... Ship Passenger (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Arlyn Roberts ... Blonde Showgirl (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Ship Passenger / Party Guest (uncredited)
Gerald Oliver Smith ... Salesman at Fur Shop (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Charles Williams ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
David Butler 
Writing credits
Earl Baldwin (written by)

Produced by
William Jacobs .... producer
Original Music by
Howard Jackson (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Wilfred M. Cline 
Film Editing by
Irene Morra 
Art Direction by
Douglas Bacon 
Set Decoration by
Lyle B. Reifsnider 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Ann Locker .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Bill Phillips .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
C. Carter Gibson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Philip Quinn .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Gene Delaney .... assistant props (uncredited)
Budd Friend .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Stanley Jones .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Flanagan .... gaffer (uncredited)
Gibby Germaine .... best boy (uncredited)
Bud Graybill .... still photographer (uncredited)
Paul Hill .... technician (uncredited)
Harry Marsh .... assistant camera (uncredited)
George Gordon Nogle .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patricia Davidson .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Leon Roberts .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Music Department
Ray Heindorf .... musical director
Frank Perkins .... orchestrator
Howard Jackson .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Mitchell Kovaleski .... technicolor color consultant
Eddie Prinz .... choreographer
LeRoy Prinz .... choreographer
Al White Jr. .... choreographer (as Al White)
Adrian Crossett .... stand-in: Gene Nelson (uncredited)
Rosita Delva .... stand-in: Anne Triola (uncredited)
Eddie Graham .... assistant dance director (uncredited)
Jack Henderson .... stand-in: S.Z. Sakall (uncredited)
Gene Nelson .... choreographer (uncredited)
Miriam Nelson .... assistant dance director (uncredited)
Dolly Robbin .... stand-in: Doris Day (uncredited)
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92 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

Did You Know?

When George Ferndel (Hanley Stafford) recalls the show he produced for Jessie Howard (Gladys George), its title is "Pretty Lady"--the name of the show Julian Marsh (Warner Baxter) was producing in the 1933 film 42nd Street (1933).See more »
Factual errors: Gloria reads a copy of Variety with news on the back cover; in reality, the back cover of this publication has always been reserved for full-page ads.See more »
Adolph Hubbell:Ferndale was right, you have no eye for beautiful women.
Lefty Mack:You shouldn't judge me by my wife!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The 100 Greatest Musicals (2003) (TV)See more »
Just One of Those ThingsSee more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
It's Still Got That Hi Dee Hi And Boop A Doo, 9 April 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In a different perspective of the plot for Lady For A Day, Warner Brothers gave Doris Day one of her best musical films in Lullaby Of Broadway. They even tributed Busby Berkeley somewhat in the finale number.

The story involves Doris as a young performer who has spent her childhood in the United Kingdom with money sent to her by her mother who she believes is a famous Broadway star. That's in the past tense unfortunately mom who is played by Gladys George now sings in a cheap cabaret in the seamier parts of Greenwich Village.

But Doris is such a good kid that everyone tries to keep the illusion going from former vaudeville colleagues Billy DeWolfe and Anne Triola to S.Z. Sakall whom they now work for as butler and maid. She even gets involved with rising new Broadway performer Gene Nelson. But she also innocently almost breaks up S.Z. Sakall's marriage to Florence Bates. Now there's a couple to contemplate about.

In her memoirs Doris Day said that S.Z. Sakall in real life was the same lovable uncle type that he played so well in films. And yes no one could resist pinching those cheeks either.

Gene Nelson sad to say came along just a half generation too late to become a major film star. He had the moves and he had the talent, possibly he was not a creative individual in the way that Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly was. I think he was in their league as a performer and he'd be as known as they are today if he had that creative talent that they did which is why they've become the legends they are. Maybe Nelson never got the chance they did. Anyway this was his only lead in a major motion picture and it didn't make him a star because musicals were on the downside.

Gladys George has only a few scenes, but she really makes them count when she's on screen. One of her more memorable characters in earlier years was the Texas Guinan like performer in The Roaring Twenties who carries a torch for James Cagney. When that film ends she's singing in a dive and her character could be an extension of Panama whom she played in The Roaring Twenties.

As often as not for Doris Day films Warner Brothers reached into their trunk catalog and in this case got the title song and another standard written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me. Here though they outdid themselves for Doris and Gene using stuff like Somebody Loves Me and Just One Of Those Things. When you've got George Gershwin and Cole Porter contributing to the score the rest doesn't even matter.

Watching the finale number which is the title song, sung by Doris and danced by Gene Nelson and a chorus it plays very similar to the choreographic sequences in Golddiggers of 1935 where Lullaby Of Broadway was introduced. No kaleidoscopic overhead shots that characterized those old Warner Brothers musicals from the Thirties are here, but in all other respects they seem to have copied Mr. Berkeley well.

Lullaby Of Broadway has a nice backstage plot, it's a throwback to their musicals of the Depression in many respects and it provides Doris Day with many opportunities to display singing and dancing talents. And it holds up well today.

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