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Broadway Bill (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 27 December 1934 (USA)
A runaway heiress and her sister's husband join forces to race the latter's fast horse, Broadway Bill.

Director:

Frank Capra

Writers:

Robert Riskin (screen play), Mark Hellinger (based upon a story "Strictly Confidential" by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Warner Baxter ... Dan Brooks
Myrna Loy ... Alice Higgins - aka The Princess
Walter Connolly ... J.L. Higgins
Helen Vinson ... Margaret
Douglass Dumbrille ... Eddie Morgan (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Raymond Walburn ... Col. Pettigrew
Lynne Overman ... Oscar 'Happy' McGuire
Clarence Muse ... Whitey
Margaret Hamilton ... Edna
Frankie Darro ... Ted Williams
George Cooper ... Joe
George Meeker ... Henry Early
Jason Robards Sr. ... Arthur Winslow (as Jason Robards)
Ed Tucker Ed Tucker ... Jimmy Baker
Edmund Breese ... Presiding Judge
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Storyline

Tycoon J.L. Higgins controls his whole family, but one of his sons- in-law, Dan Brooks and his daughter Alice are fed up with that. Brooks quits his job as manager of J.L.'s paper box factory and devotes his life to his racing horse Broadway Bill, but his bank- roll is thin and the luck is against him, he is arrested because of $150 he owes somebody for horse food, but suddenly a planed fraud by somebody else seems to offer him a chance... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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The comedy successor to "It Happened One Night" See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

Douglass Dumbrille, Ward Bond and Charles Lane all play the same roles in the remake, Riding High (1950), although the respective character names are different. See more »

Quotes

Col. Pettigrew: Milked by my own chicanery.
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Connections

Edited into Riding High (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Split-Pea Soup and Succotash
(uncredited)
Composer Unknown
Sung several times by Warner Baxter and Myrna Loy
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Broadway Bill saddled with poor lead.
17 November 2019 | by st-shotSee all my reviews

Box Company CEO Dan Brooks (Warner Baxter) has always been a horse trainer at heart and he begins to chafe under the dictatorial rule of a father in law captain of industry JL Higgins (Walter Connoly) who all but owns the town named after his family. Brooks latest equestrian project "Broadway Bill" entails neglecting the company and when JL puts his foot down, Brooks bolts with youngest daughter (Myrna Loy) in pursuit.

In a film that aches for staliion Gable we are given nag Baxter, looking haggard and worn. Warner is just not up to the energy and enthusiasm and minus the youth the role calls for, his scenes with the spry and vivacious Loy more paternal than romantic. When trying to wrangle or con others we get an abrasive condescending curmudgeon instead of a confident immature smart Alec who thinks he can enter his first race against the finest horse in the land and win.

DP Joe Walker contributes his usual array of outstanding soft focus compositions and close-ups, featuring many of director Frank Capra's stock supporting company at their best. The editing is up to screwball pace and features an outstandingly cut race scene but Warren's old gray mare performance along with an insipid "Capra Corn" ending leaves Broadway Bill out of the money back in the pack.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1934 (USA) See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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