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Blossoms on Broadway (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 19 November 1937 (USA)
The wealthy "Death Valley" Cora (Kitty Kelly) is coming to New York but is kidnapped by con-man Ira Collins (Edward Arnold) who has showgirl Sally Shea (Shirley Ross)impersonating her to ... See full summary »


Richard Wallace


Theodore Reeves (screenplay)


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Cast overview:
Edward Arnold ... Ira Collins
Shirley Ross ... Sally Shea
John Trent ... Neil Graham
Rufe Davis ... Sheriff Jeff Holloway
Joe Weber Joe Weber ... Weber (as Weber)
Lew Fields ... Fields (as Fields)
William Frawley ... Frances X. Rush
Frank Craven ... P.J. Quinterfield Sr.
Kitty Kelly ... 'Death Valley' Cora Keane
Johnny Arthur ... P.J. Quinterfield Jr.
Edward Brophy ... Mr. Prussic
Charles Halton ... Dr. Gilgallon
Eddie Bartell Eddie Bartell ... Eddie (as The Radio Rogues)
Jimmy Hollywood Jimmy Hollywood ... Jimmy (as The Radio Rogues)
Frederick Clarke Frederick Clarke ... Chester


The wealthy "Death Valley" Cora (Kitty Kelly) is coming to New York but is kidnapped by con-man Ira Collins (Edward Arnold) who has showgirl Sally Shea (Shirley Ross)impersonating her to fit a scheme he has to get an eccentric millionaire, P.J. Quinterfield Sr.(Frank Craven), turn over to him coined gold which he will melt down and presented as newly-mined from Cora's Death Valley mine. Sally is in on the scheme as Collins has told her it is part of the plan to get Quitenfield's son to finance a show for her. But Sally falls in love with Neil Graham (John 'Dusty' King), who is an undercover G-Man. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


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Pleasant piece of post-depression humor.
6 August 2001 | by saustinSee all my reviews

Perhaps not the greatest intellectual material, but quite likeable piece of pre-WWII fluff. Shirley Ross comes over as a quite refreshing young starlet,and masquerading as a deaf goldmine owner,who turns out at the end to be as short of a fortune as anyone else. The motor trip of the Sheriff from the S.W. raises a few laughs,and Shirley's song "Blossoms on Broadway" sung in the pouring rain on Broadway is the highlight of the picture.The music is catching,Johnny Arnold as Quinterfield Jnr. (also as Benny of the "Desert Song") is amusing, as is the conniving Quinterfield Senior. The film is well supported by Edward Arnold as the longtime con artist, and William Frawley as the persistent detective. The end is somewhat overdone by the operatic musicale.,which would be tedious to modern audiences,and the police extravaganza at the end.

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Release Date:

19 November 1937 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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