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Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935)

Passed | | Musical, Romance | 20 September 1935 (USA)
Bob Gordon is staging a new Broadway Show, but he is short of money. He gets an offer of money by the young widow Lillian, if she can dance in his new show. Bert Keeler, a newspaper man, ... See full summary »

Directors:

Roy Del Ruth, W.S. Van Dyke (uncredited)

Writers:

Jack McGowan (screen play), Sid Silvers (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Benny ... Bert Keeler
Eleanor Powell ... Irene Foster
Robert Taylor ... Bob Gordon
Una Merkel ... Kitty Corbett
Sid Silvers ... Snoop
Buddy Ebsen ... Ted Burke
June Knight ... Lillian Brent
Vilma Ebsen Vilma Ebsen ... Sally Burke
Nick Long Jr. ... Basil
Robert Wildhack Robert Wildhack ... The Snorer
Paul Harvey ... Managing Editor
Frances Langford ... Frances Langford
Harry Stockwell ... Harry Stockwell
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Storyline

Bob Gordon is staging a new Broadway Show, but he is short of money. He gets an offer of money by the young widow Lillian, if she can dance in his new show. Bert Keeler, a newspaper man, gets this information and is writing about this in his column in an slightly unfriendly way. Gordon's old class mate Irene Forster, a tap dancer from Albany also tries to get the leading role in this show, but Lillian insists in getting this part herself. So Irene Forster, Bert Keeler and Gordon's secretary Kitty start a little game to get Irene the leading role. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

20 September 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadway Melody of 1935 See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first follow-up film of another Best Picture Oscar nominee (and winner), The Broadway Melody (1929), to be nominated for Best Picture. However, it is not a true sequel, as it has no story connection to the other film, unlike The Bells of St. Mary's (1945), which is a Best Picture nominated sequel of Going My Way (1944). See more »

Goofs

At approximately 6:45, Snoop (Sid Silvers) looks out of the window of Bert Keeler (Jack Benny)'s Manhattan office, checking out a penthouse party on a rooftop below but casting a shadow on an overly-lit scrim meant to simulate panes of window glass between him and a painted backdrop of New York. See more »

Quotes

Sally Burke: Why don't you go back and see Gordon?
Irene Foster: I will not!
Sally Burke: You *came* here to see him, didn't you?
Irene Foster: Yes, but I still have a little pride left.
Ted Burke: So's Gandhi, but he's getting awful thin.
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Alternate Versions

A 14,000 feet long print was shown as preview in early August 1935 in several Californian cinemas. It included, at least three additional songs. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cinemania (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Broadway Melody
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung by Harry Stockwell in the first scene
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Eleanor Powell bursts into stardom as a great dancer...
1 January 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Although this is clearly a showcase for the talented dynamo ELEANOR POWELL, MGM's forerunner to the tap-dancing Ann Miller, Broadway MELODY OF 1936 has some painfully clumsy musical moments that are mercifully offset by some brilliant dance routines by Powell. You have to take the good with the bad, and thankfully, the best moments are worth watching.

Worst of the lot, is the tenement roof dance "Sing Before Breakfast" sung by Buddy and Velma Ebsen while Powell does the dance steps, possibly the clumsiest musical moment in the whole film with an uninspired song to boot. But when Powell is daydreaming to "You Are My Lucky Star" her dancing reaches the zenith of her particular appeal as a performer. Lots of other musical moments are equally worthwhile, but as said before, there are some poorly staged moments too.

In fact, the whole story is an uneven blend of music and dance with a thin story serving as a mere excuse to introduce each new number. JACK BENNY, as a gossip columnist, and PHIL SILVERS, as "Snoop", his sidekick, have some funny moments in early screen appearances, and MGM's matinée idol ROBERT TAYLOR gets to sing a ditty or two in a pleasing enough fashion. Powell was always dubbed for her singing, in this case by Frances Langford.

It's not the best of the Broadway MELODY flicks, but has its moments of pure fun with the very talented Powell proving that she could even act a little between dance numbers.


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