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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 »

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Cornelius Collier, Jr.
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Joey - the Jinx
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Judith Tyrrell
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Pearl
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Bill
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Harriet Ingalls
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Herman
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Mrs. Olsen
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Gene
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Everett (as E. Allyn Warren)
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Reynolds
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Mr. Fellows
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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 »

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Drama | Music | Romance

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7 April 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Emporte mon coeur  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Sepiatone)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lew Ayres sings a line from the song "Brown October Ale" to Ian Hunter. The song is from the 1890's comic opera "Robin Hood". Ian Hunter appeared the previous year (1938) in "The Adventures of Robin Hood". 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 That's Entertainment, Part II (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

None But the Lonely Heart (Nur Wer die Sehnsucht Kennt)
(1880) (uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Arranged by Edward Ward and Herbert Stothart
English lyrics by Gus Kahn
Played on piano by Lew Ayres and on violin by Leon Belasco and hummed Jeanette MacDonald at the boardinghouse
Sung by Jeanette MacDonald and chorus in the finale
Played also as background music
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Masked Finale
5 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

Did anyone realize that the Busby Berkeley number at the end was a tie in for the Lew Ayres character telling Jeanette MacDonald to take off her mask in the scene where she was crying? I believe that to be a direct tie in to the musical finale with all the masks. Although it was not the best of Jeanette MacDonald films It does show a side of her that is in direct juxtiposition for the films with Nelson Eddy. How many Canadian Mounty movies can she do. Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy were a tour de force that even had fans expecting or anticipating that the two were married. This movie is a relief for Jeanette MacDonald not to be type cast. I for one really enjoyed the final acte.


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