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Broadway to Hollywood (1933)

Approved | | History, Musical | 15 September 1933 (USA)
Ted and Lulu Hackett are vaudeville's The Hacketts, a fairly successful song-and-dance team. They bring their son Ted Jr. up in the business and he soon eclipses them. When the son is ... See full summary »

Directors:

Willard Mack, Jules White (uncredited)

Writers:

Willard Mack (screen play), Edgar Allan Woolf (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alice Brady ... Lulu Hackett
Frank Morgan ... Ted Hackett
Jackie Cooper ... Ted Hackett Jr. as a Child
Russell Hardie ... Ted Hackett Jr.
Madge Evans ... Anne Ainsley
Mickey Rooney ... Ted Hackett III as a Child
Eddie Quillan ... Ted Hackett III
Jimmy Durante ... Jimmy - Hollywood Character
Fay Templeton Fay Templeton ... Fay Templeton - Production Number Singer - Edited from The March of Time (1930) (archive footage)
May Robson ... Veteran Actress
Albertina Rasch Dancers Albertina Rasch Dancers ... Dancing Ensemble - Edited from The March of Time (1930) (archive footage) (as Albertina Rasch Dancers)
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Ted and Lulu Hackett are vaudeville's The Hacketts, a fairly successful song-and-dance team. They bring their son Ted Jr. up in the business and he soon eclipses them. When the son is offered a starring role on Broadway, he arranges for his parents to join him in the show, but Ted Sr. is embarrassed to learn that he and Lulu are there purely in order to keep their son happy. They return to vaudeville, only to find that their duet act has gone stale with time. Meanwhile, Ted Jr. has married and had a son, but he has also fallen victim to drink. Tragedy strikes the Hackett family, and only the march of time will tell whether Ted III will repeat the failings of his father and grandfather. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The star-studded cavalcade of the theatre! (Herald). See more »

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History | Musical

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Trivia

Film debut of Nelson Eddy. See more »

Connections

Featured in That's Entertainment! III (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Good Old Summertime
(1902) (uncredited)
Music by George Evans
In the score at Atlantic City
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Vaudeville Goes to the Movies
6 December 2010 | by dogwater-1See all my reviews

This film is a wonderful example of a through-the-years show business family with all the sentiment and comforting clichés of the genre. The relationship of the main characters played by Frank Morgan and Alice Brady is just complicated enough to ring true. The movie also offers the added treats of Jackie Cooper and the very young and spectacular Mickey Rooney who may have had as much raw talent as anyone who ever grew up in front of a camera. Madge Evans supplies erotic appeal as a doomed dancer and there is a very strange scene with Moe and Curly Howard as two rather frightening clowns in bizarre white make-up. Eddie Quillan plays Rooney grown-up and suggests in one scene that his character might just be gay. This is a pre-coder. Jimmy Durante plays himself and Nelson Eddy sings a forgettable tune. And isn't that Una Merkel winking at Morgan from the audience? If you like movies about show business, this one's for you.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

March of Time See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor) (some sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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