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Babes in Arms (1939)

Unrated | | Comedy, Musical | 13 October 1939 (USA)
A group of vaudevillians struggling to compete with talkies hits the road hoping for a comeback. Frustrated to be left behind, all of their kids put on a show themselves to raise money for the families and to prove they've got talent, too.

Director:

Busby Berkeley

Writers:

Jack McGowan (screen play), Kay Van Riper (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Rooney ... Mickey Moran
Judy Garland ... Patsy Barton
Charles Winninger ... Joe Moran
Guy Kibbee ... Judge Black
June Preisser ... Rosalie Essex
Grace Hayes ... Florrie Moran
Betty Jaynes ... Molly Moran
Douglas McPhail Douglas McPhail ... Don Brice
Rand Brooks ... Jeff Steele
Leni Lynn ... Dody Martini
Johnny Sheffield ... Bobs (as John Sheffield)
Henry Hull ... Madox
Barnett Parker ... William
Ann Shoemaker ... Mrs. Barton
Margaret Hamilton ... Martha Steele
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Storyline

Mickey Moran, a talented singer and musician, is son of a veteran from show business. Mickey has a partner, Patsy Barton, a pretty girl and also a very talented singer. One day, a big opportunity arrives for Mickey, a big contract to set up his own show. However, things don't go well, and in order to avoid being sent to a work farm, he'll improvise a show in the country, despite the awful weather conditions. Patsy's in love with Mickey, he loves her, too, but for him the show must go on, and his big dream maybe will come true: to formally stage his play in a big scenario, with a huge production. Written by Alejandro Frias

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Taglines:

The big musical fun show!

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los hijos de la farándula See more »

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Budget:

$748,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart songs "My Funny Valentine", "I Wish I Were in Love Again", "Way Out West", and "Johnny One Note" are songs from the original Broadway musical, but were eventually unused in the final film. "The Lady Is a Tramp" is heard instrumentally several times as the theme for June Preisser's character Rosalie Essex. See more »

Goofs

Obvious stand-in for Patsy as they climb the ladder during "[We Are] Babes in Arms" at the beginning of the film. See more »

Quotes

Mickey Moran: Listen, are you kids willing to stick together and pull yourselves out of a hole?
[all the kids answer affirmatively]
Mickey Moran: I've got an idea. Our folks think we're babes in arms, huh? Well, we'll show 'em whether we're babes in arms or not. I'm gonna write a show for us and put it on right here in Seaport. Why, it'll be the most up-to-date things these hicks around here have ever seen. Opening night we'll have Max Gordon, Sam Harris, Lee Schubert, down to give us the once-over. How about it, kids?
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Radar Secret Service (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Gwine to Rune All Night
(1850) (uncredited)
("De Camptown Races")
Written by Stephen Foster
Sung by a chorus
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Mickey Rooney does it all!
24 October 2005 | by madformickey05See all my reviews

Babes In Arms is one of my favorite movies of all time. I will never forget seeing this film. In fact, it was the first Mickey Rooney film I ever saw. Mickey Rooney shows off all of his talents here, proving why he was Hollywood's biggest star. Also, earning a much deserved Oscar nominations. Mickey and Judy always charm the pants off of me. Hollywood will never know two more talented teenagers. If you want a good laugh just watch Mickey's impersonations of Clark Gable and Lionel Barrymore. Very impressive stuff. Judy is simply gorgeous in this film as Mickey's girlfriend. The Rooney/Garland chemistry is unmatched to this day. For great music and fun, check out this classic musical.


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