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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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Taglines:

She Stumbled On A Career and Broke Her Heart. 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

Les Filles de Cadix
(1885) (uncredited)
Music by Léo Delibes
Lyrics by Alfred de Musset
Sung by Jeanette MacDonald during a montage
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filmed in sepia, if you can believe it
10 July 2013 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

From 1939, Broadway Serenade is an odd movie, containing all kinds of music. Lew Ayres is a composer/pianist who apparently wrote or ripped off None but the Lonely Heart, I couldn't decide; the Macdonald-less Jeanette is his lovely singer wife. During his audition of a new song for a big Broadway producer (Frank Morgan) and his investor (Ian Hunter), it's Jeanette who gets the job and Hunter's heart. She has to go on the road with the show; she comes back a star, and her husband, hearing rumors of a romance with Hunter and not doing too well himself, rejects her, though the rumors aren't true. He becomes drunk and disorderly while her star ascends.

I guess the big, lirico-spinto/dramatic soprano arias were the popular ones, because in movies where she sang opera, Jeanette MacDonald was always doing something like Tosca or Madama Butterfly, which she does here - so totally out of her vocal type, which was way too light for that sort of music. Her repertoire was operetta and roles like those in the French repertoire: Delibes, Gounod, or Bellini and Donizetti. She had a nice middle voice and beautiful, lyrical pianissimos, but her very high notes had a whitish, straight sound - basically that's how female singers were taught back then. I always loved her acting. She and Ayres are both good although an unlikely couple, he being boyish and she being diva-ish.

Some bizarre musical numbers, such as the one at the end. A mixed bag. There are better musicals - an understatement.


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