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The Broadway Melody (1929)

Passed | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 6 June 1929 (USA)
A pair of sisters from the vaudeville circuit try to make it big time on Broadway, but matters of the heart complicate the attempt.

Director:

Harry Beaumont

Writers:

Edmund Goulding (story), Sarah Y. Mason (continuity) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles King ... Eddie Kearns
Anita Page ... Queenie Mahoney
Bessie Love ... Hank Mahoney
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Storyline

Harriet and Queenie Mahoney, a vaudeville act, come to Broadway, where their friend Eddie Kerns needs them for his number in one of Francis Zanfield's shows. Eddie was in love with Harriet, but when he meets Queenie, he falls in love to her, but she is courted by Jock Warriner, a member of the New Yorker high society. It takes a while till Queenie recognizes, that she is for Jock nothing more than a toy, and it also takes a while till Harriet recognizes, that Eddie is in love with Queenie. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Taglines:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's TALKING SINGING DANCING Dramatic Sensation See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Broadway Melody of 1929 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$379,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,808,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,558,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)| Silent

Color:

Black and White | Color (2-Strip Technicolor) (one sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

As of 2016, this is the lowest rated Best Picture winner on the movie review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes with a score of 35%. See more »

Goofs

The guitar player in the song "Broadway Melody" can not be heard playing until he tilts his guitar slightly (possibly towards the mic). See more »

Quotes

Eddie Kearns: Queenie! All grown up and everything!
Hank Mahoney: You see, that sisterly kiss won't be so hard to take now, will it?
Eddie Kearns: I'll say it won't!
[Eddie kisses Queenie]
Hank Mahoney: Take it big.
Eddie Kearns: I did!
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Alternate Versions

A silent version was also produced. However, Max Glücksmann in Argentina exhibited the sound version with Spanish language subtitles. It is unclear whether the subtitles were added by MGM itself or by the Federico Valle company in Argentina. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Confetti (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

The Boy Friend
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung by Bessie Love and Anita Page and Danced by Page and chorus girls
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"No Skies Of Gray On The Great White Way"
2 December 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Even though the occasional subtitle appears like training wheels on a bicycle with The Broadway Melody sound had finally arrived to tell the story of a movie. Though the movies had learned to talk, the players hadn't quite gotten down acting with a microphone instead of exaggerated gestures to make a point.

Everybody was overacting that year, you ought to see Mary Pickford's Best Actress performance in this same year. In fact she beat out Bessie Love who did a very good job as one of the aspiring Mahoney sisters for stardom on the Great White Way.

Bessie Love and Anita Page play the Mahoney Sisters who come to Broadway after being sent for by an old friend Charles King. King's had his eye on Love, but now little sister Page is all grown up. And she's also attracting Broadway wolf, Kenneth Thomson.

Charles King was a popular Broadway leading man of the day, his career going back to 1908 there. Such people as George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, and Vincent Youmans had songs introduced by him. King had a nice singing and dancing act. He never really took to the big screen, but introducing Broadway Melody and You Were Meant For Me should qualify him for some screen immortality.

The plot is your usual backstage story, but the greatness of Broadway Melody was the singing and dancing. The possibilities of the screen musical hadn't been fully explored, it would take Busby Berkeley to do that in a few years. In its numbers Broadway Melody is a photographed stage musical.

But not a bad one at that. And our second Best Picture Oscar.


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