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Main Street to Broadway (1953)

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In New York, a surly, down-on-his-heels playwright meets a country girl who's giving up trying to act and returning home. He goes with her for inspiration when his agent convinces a stage ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Morton ...
The Playwright - Tony Monaco (as Tom Morton)
Mary Murphy ...
The Actress - Mary Craig
Mildred Waterbury
Herb Shriner ...
Frank Johnson
Rosemary DeCamp ...
The Mother - Mrs. Harry Craig
Clinton Sundberg ...
The Father - Mr. Harry Craig
Talulah Bankhead
Ethel Barrymore
Lionel Barrymore
Gertrude Berg ...
Tony's Nieghbor at the NY Apartment House
Shirley Booth
Louis Calhern
Leo Durocher ...
Leo Durocher
Faye Emerson
Oscar Hammerstein II ...
Oscar Hammerstein


In New York, a surly, down-on-his-heels playwright meets a country girl who's giving up trying to act and returning home. He goes with her for inspiration when his agent convinces a stage star to take his next effort. When he returns to Broadway, his girl stays behind and starts seeing a local businessman. Written by WesternOne

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Music | Romance






Release Date:

13 October 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Directo a Broadway  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Final film of Lionel Barrymore. See more »


Richard Rodgers name is spelled incorrectly on the call board at rehearsals for the play in the movie. The board reads "Rogers and Hammerstein". See more »


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There's Music in You
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by Mary Martin
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A 10 for sentimental reasons.
27 April 2006 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

An interesting note- Tom Morton, who plays Tony Monaco in the film, toured in the national company of I CAN GET IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE under the stage name of Tony Monaco. This film is a theatre-lover's delight for so many reasons, my favorite being Tallulah Bankhead yelling at Agnes Moorehead "Aren't they writing plays for nice people like ME ANYMORE?!?!". Other people appearing in the film not listed in the cast or in the other posts include Al Hirschfeld at work on one of his drawings, Regis Toomey as a policeman, Lydia Reed back-stage with Helen Hayes at MRS. McTHING, Constance Carpenter backstage at THE KING AND I, first-nighters Maureen Stapleton, Joan McCracken, Vivian Blaine, Paula Lawrence, Sam Jaffe, Dolly Haas(Mrs. Hirschfeld), Nedda Logan, Dorothy Rodgers, Dorothy Hammerstein, and best of all Estelle Winwood, providing the gem, "Tallulah's got a wonderful heart- only sometimes it pumps the wrong way." Oddly, Henry Fonda is always credited with a cameo, but I don't see him in the VHS print. This may be due to the fact that some changes in personnel and plot happened along the way, probably with the involvement of MGM. Originally, it was to be Henry Fonda and Olivia de Havilland who bail Tony out of jail, not Louis Calhern and Ethel Barrymore. The Faye Emerson radio broadcasts were written to be done by Arthur Godfrey. The Gertrude Berg character was originally named "Mrs. Donatelo", probably to be more Italian than Jewish. The playwright's name was originally Tony Fletcher, not Tony Monaco. Even then-mayor Vincent R. Impellitteri (another first-nighter) was to get into the act with a climactic car chase on the Pulaski Skyway involving himself, Tony and Mrs. Danotelo pursuing Mary and Frank on their way back to Indiana, while in New York, THE PLAY IS A SUCCESS!!! Don't ask.

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