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Broadway Serenade (1939)

Passed | | Drama, Music, Romance | 7 April 1939 (USA)
Mary Hale (a singer) and Jimmy Seymour (pianist/composer), are a show biz couple working in The Big Apple in small night clubs hoping to hit it big. One night, Larry Bryant (a Broadway ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

Charles Lederer (screen play), Lew Lipton (from original story by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanette MacDonald ... Mary Hale
Lew Ayres ... James Geoffrey Seymour
Ian Hunter ... Larry Bryant
Frank Morgan ... Cornelius Collier, Jr.
Wally Vernon ... Joey - the Jinx
Rita Johnson ... Judith Tyrrell
Virginia Grey ... Pearl
William Gargan ... Bill
Katharine Alexander ... Harriet Ingalls
Al Shean ... Herman
Esther Dale ... Mrs. Olsen
Franklin Pangborn ... Gene
E. Alyn Warren ... Everett (as E. Allyn Warren)
Paul Hurst ... Reynolds
Frank Orth ... Mr. Fellows
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Storyline

Mary Hale (a singer) and Jimmy Seymour (pianist/composer), are a show biz couple working in The Big Apple in small night clubs hoping to hit it big. One night, Larry Bryant (a Broadway producer) spots Mary and is taken with her beauty and golden voice. Larry Bryant asks her to audition for Mr. Collier and have Jimmy accompany her. After hearing Mary, Collier wants Mary to be in his show. Jimmy encourages a reluctant Mary to go on the road without him. Soon Mary's talent is noticed and her role in the show increases, while Harriet Ingalls the show's original star is pushed out. Ingalls quits promising to seek revenge. After 5 weeks on the road, Mary returns home. Mary is now a big star, while Jimmy's career has gone nowhere, and he feels threatened by Mary's success. Jimmy while waiting for Mary to dress, starts to read a Broadway magazine. Seeing pictures of Mary with Larry, he pours himself a drink and another till he's drunk. Larry stops by, and Ingalls suddenly appears and accuses ... Written by Kelly

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It's got "Maytime's" glories..."Ziegfeld's" thrills. No wonder 22,000,000 people voted Jeanette MacDonald Queen of Song, Romance and Beauty! (original newspaper ad) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Emporte mon coeur See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Mary Beth Hughes. See more »

Quotes

James: Lambchop, do you remember that wonderful, romantic honeymoon we never had?
Mary: I remember it as though it were tomorrow.
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Connections

Featured in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Big Parade of Hits for 1940 (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

One Look at You
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Herbert Stothart and Edward Ward
Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Played on piano and by Franklin Pangborn and sung by Jeanette MacDonald in Collier's office
Reprised by Jeanette MacDonald, Kenny Stevens and chorus in the show at Atlantic City
Reprised by Jeanette MacDonald with Lew Ayres at piano at the 5 & 10 store
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Sentimental, Unbelievable--But Delightful
28 December 2018 | by MaryLois40See all my reviews

This film is one for the books--a viewer cannot take it seriously or worry about its credibility for one second. Lew Ayers is always sympathetic, and in this one he shines as the loser who rises to the occasion in hopes of getting the girl. Ian Hunter and Frank Morgan do their usual yeoman work, but Al Sheean is outstanding--and the music-burning scene between him and Ayers is a wonder to watch. Jeannette MacDonald owns the elegant soprano role in every movie she's in--and she is lovely in this. It's not intended to be taken as a object lesson in the ups and downs of a career in the theatre, but almost unintentionally comes over as a spoof of such films. If you like the genre ("fairy tale Broadway yarns"), you'll get a kick out ir.


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