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Lord Byron of Broadway (1930)

Passed | | Musical, Romance, Drama | 28 February 1930 (USA)
A tunesmith, a user and an out-and-out heel, puts the stories of his broken romances into song, turning old love letters into lyrics, and capitalizing on the death of his best friend to ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... Roy
... Ardis
... Nancy
... Joe
... Bessie
... Phil
Drew Demorest ... Edwards
Jack Byron ... Mr. Millaire (as John Byron)
... Red Head
... Blondie
... Riccardi
Pauline Paquette ... Marie (as Pauline Paquet)
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A tunesmith, a user and an out-and-out heel, puts the stories of his broken romances into song, turning old love letters into lyrics, and capitalizing on the death of his best friend to turn it into the subject of a tear-jerker that turns into a hit. Written by Stan Skiemwierczowski

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Musical | Romance | Drama

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| (Turner library print)

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(Western Electric System)

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| (2-strip Technicolor) (two sequences)

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1.20 : 1
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Two musical sequences, totaling 878 feet, were filmed in 2-strip Technicolor, and occur in Reels #4 & #6, and survive in the TCM print. The first number, The Woman in the Shoe, was re-used in Nertsery Rhymes (1933) and the second number, Blue Daughter of Heaven, was re-used in Roast-Beef and Movies (1934). See more »

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Referenced in Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »

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Love Ain't Nothin' But the Blues
(1930) (uncredited)
(From "Chasing Rainbows (1930)")
Music by Louis Alter
Lyrics by Joe Goodwin
Played instrumentally
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A creaking relic with some interest
15 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is a movie musical from 1930 so expect very static scenes as the sound equipment in those days greatly limited the actors and director. Second, let me caution that the actor in the lead male role and the two actresses in the top female roles are often blushingly amateurish. The director didn't seem to be much help and in a few years he would be at Monogram doing routine programmers.

So what's worthwhile here? First there is the performance of Cliff Edwards, who gets a chance at a full-bodied role and does well. He shows he could be more than a Disney footnote.

But the biggest surprise to me was the fine, natural performance of Benny Rubin. I was so accustomed to him as an aging ethnic comedian that I almost didn't recognize him. The role was flash-flash "Jewish" as he played an employee of a song publisher and he joked about charging the hero interest for a loan. But he was the most natural presence on the screen and he shined as a real human being. The camera loved him at the same time it gave scant grace to the leads in this film.

Rubin is often mentioned as a talented comedian who was limited in Hollywood by the ethnic prejudice. Here we see the very real evidence of what was lost because of that prejudice.


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