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Broadway Musketeers (1938)

Approved | | Drama , Music | 8 October 1938 (USA)
Drama about three girl graduates of an orphanage whose paths cross.

Director:

John Farrow

Writers:

Don Ryan (screenplay), Kenneth Gamet (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Margaret Lindsay ... Isabel 'Isabelle' Dowling Peyton
Ann Sheridan ... Fay Reynolds Dowling
Marie Wilson ... Miss Connie Todd
John Litel ... Stanley 'Stan' Dowling
Janet Chapman ... Judy Dowling
Dick Purcell ... Vincent 'Vince' Morrell
Richard Bond ... Philip 'Phil' Peyton
Anthony Averill ... Nick, Vince's Henchman
Horace McMahon ... Gurk, Vince's Henchman (as Horace MacMahon)
Dewey Robinson ... Milt, Vince's Henchman
Dorothy Adams ... Anna, Judy's Governess
Jimmy Conlin Jimmy Conlin ... Mr. Hobart Skinner (as James Conlon)
Jan Holm Jan Holm ... Schoolteacher
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Ridgely ... Master of Ceremonies (scenes deleted)
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Drama about three girl graduates of an orphanage whose paths cross.

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Drama | Music

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unidas Pelo Destino See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In his book, "Those Crazy, Wonderful Years When We Ran Warner Brothers," former studio page boy Stuart Jerome recalls a bizarre incident that happened with this film. During the preview screenings, several members of the audience started laughing during a crucial dramatic scene when Dewey Robinson's gangster character slapped Marie Wilson. Director John Farrow and studio executive Bryan Foy could not figure out why the audience members were laughing. They set up a private screening of the scene and ran it several times before they discovered the problem. At the moment when Robinson slapped Wilson, his fly was visibly open! It was the kind of mistake that only a few people in the audience would notice, but which could easily spoil the dramatic effect of the scene. Following the discovery, the entire scene had to be re-shot. The set for the scene was re-built, Marie Wilson was borrowed from her current Warner Brothers picture, and Robinson was re-hired at one day's pay. Bryan Foy personally stopped by the set on the day of re-shooting to make sure that Robinson's fly was closed. As Jerome recalled, the incident prompted Foy to send out a memo to all directors and script clerks at Warner Brothers that they should make sure that all male actors had their flies fully zipped up before shooting a scene. See more »

Goofs

Phil writes out a check to Vince for $2,450 on New Years Eve/Day. However, in the next scene where the check has bounced, it is dated June 12th. See more »

Connections

Remake of Three on a Match (1932) See more »

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Put That Down in Writing
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Music by Harry Warren
Played at the casino on New Year's Eve
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Considering how terrific the original was, I see no reason to see this film instead.
19 January 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

One of the better Pre-Code movies was "Three on a Match" (1932). Not only was it a terrific film but it's one of Bette Davis' earliest films. It also is extremely lurid--the sort of way only Pre-Code films could be. Now, six years later, Warner Brothers have remade the picture as "Broadway Musketeer"...but with many of the more salacious scenes missing (such as the ultra-violent ending in the original). Considering how wonderful "Three on a Match" was, I just couldn't understand remaking it...but on a lark I decided to give this other film a try.

The film has nothing to do with Broadway...and none of the characters have anything to do with the theater. Instead, it's about three women who grew up together in an orphanage, Isabelle (Margaret Lindsay), Fay (Ann Sheridan) and Connie (Marie Wilson). The film begins long after the three friends went their separate ways. Isabelle is married to a very successful man and has everything a woman could have wanted, Fay performs a racy* routine in nightclubs and Marie is a stenographer...an underdeveloped part. However, despite Isabelle having a child and loving husband, she's longing for excitement and ultimately destroys herself and loses her family. At the same time, Fay and Connie step in to pick up the pieces of Isabelle's family. What's next? Well, for starters, Isabelle manages to make things even worse---even after her husband divorces her.

This is a very competent film and the cast is fine. However, they certainly aren't better than the original cast and the script is amazingly tame and lacks the edge and excitement of the original. Worth seeing, perhaps...but I suggest you just see "Three on a Match".

*The racy dance is hilariously tame--so much so that you could perform it at a Baptist picnic!! This is one case where the Post- Code standards just didn't make any sense, as she was arrested for this lewd dance...a dance where all of her clothes remained on her body and the gyrations were minimal!


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