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Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)

Passed | | Musical | 9 February 1940 (USA)
Johnny Brett and King Shaw are an unsuccessful dance team in New York. A producer discovers Brett as the new partner for Clare Bennett, but Brett, who thinks he is one of the people they lent money to gives him the name of his partner.

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Norman Taurog

Writers:

Leon Gordon (screen play), George Oppenheimer (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Johnny Brett
Eleanor Powell ... Clare Bennett
George Murphy ... King Shaw
Frank Morgan ... Bob Casey
Ian Hunter ... Bert C. Matthews
Florence Rice ... Amy Blake
Lynne Carver ... Emmy Lou Lee
Ann Morriss ... Pearl
Trixie Firschke ... Juggler
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Storyline

Johnny Brett and King Shaw are an unsuccessful dance team in New York. A producer discovers Brent as the new partner for Clare Bennett, but Brett, who thinks he is one of the people they lent money to gives him the name of his partner. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Eleanor Powell - Fred Astaire - In The Finest Broadway Melody Of Them All

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadway qui danse See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Planned to be shot in Technicolor, but made in black and white. See more »

Goofs

When Johnny substitutes for King at the last minute, the costume fits the much smaller Johnny perfectly. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Brett: [singing] So, move Grant's Tomb to Union Square / and put Brooklyn anywhere / but please, please / I'm down on my knees / don't monkey with Broadway!
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Soundtracks

Please Don't Monkey with Broadway
(1939) (uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Sung and Danced by Fred Astaire and George Murphy
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Terrific movie
18 February 2005 | by jackjack-2See all my reviews

Even though the story was corny, I loved this movie. It was dancing at its greatest. I have always known that Fred Astaire was the best but only recently did I discover Eleanor Powell, even though she was a star when I was a kid but kids don't enjoy musicals. Powell is the greatest and the best partner Astaire ever had. It is too bad they didn't make more movies together.

This is a movie I would recommend to anyone. It is one I can watch over and over again because the dancing is so fantastic. Even my grandchildren enjoyed this one. I would have given it a 10 but for the story but then every Astaire movie is a fantasy in dance but Powell makes this one a super fantasy.


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