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Broadway Gondolier (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 27 July 1935 (USA)
Dick Purcell is an American taxi driver who wants to become a singer promoting cheese products. Oddly he thinks the way to do it is to become a gondolier from Venice. Along the way he sings and woos a sassy secretary Alice.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Sig Herzig (story), E.Y. Harburg (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Powell ... Richard 'Dick' Purcell, aka Ricardo Purcelli
Joan Blondell ... Alice Hughes
Adolphe Menjou ... Professor Eduardo de Vinci
Louise Fazenda ... Mrs. Flaggenheim
William Gargan ... Cliff Stanley
George Barbier ... Music Critic Hayward
Grant Mitchell ... E.V. Richards, Radio Producer
Ted Fio Rito Ted Fio Rito ... Ted Fio Roto - Orchestra Leader (as himself)
The Mills Brothers ... The Four Mills Brothers (as The Four Mills Brothers)
Donald Mills ... Member of the Mills Brothers
Harry Mills ... Member of the Mills Brothers
Herbert Mills Herbert Mills ... Member of the Mills Brothers
John Mills John Mills ... Member of the Mills Brothers
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Music Critic Gilmore
Joe Sawyer ... 'Red' (as Joseph Sauers)
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Storyline

Dick Purcell is an American taxi driver who wants to become a singer promoting cheese products. Oddly he thinks the way to do it is to become a gondolier from Venice. Along the way he sings and woos a sassy secretary Alice.

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LOVERS ENRAPTURED -- ...Sweethearts enthralled in the light of venetian moonbeams and music!


Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Efterlyst i radioen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Joseph E. Bernard is listed in the studio records in the role of "Official", but was not seen in the print. See more »

Quotes

Cliff Stanley: Ah, the goddess of light, herself, the fairest lady in all Babylon. How are you, baby?
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Connections

Referenced in The Black Network (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet and Slow
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played as background music
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Made in the Days When Cops and Cabdrivers Sang "Rigoletto"
11 September 2002 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

This little known Dick Powell-Joan Blondell romance musical, with a good turn by Louise Fazenda, is a charmer. What I like most is its erudition. Those must have been the days. At the beginning, occasionally in the middle, and near the end, everyone on the street seems to know the turns and lyrics to arias from Rigoletto."

"What's THAT?!" most movie audiences would ask today.

It opens with two music critics debating how one aria goes, then their cab driver -- who turns into the title character when he masquerades, per his vocal coach Adolph Menjou, as an Italian to get on the radio here -- joins in and a beat cop also does.

The rest of the music is very nice, too; but not quite Verdi.


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