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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadway qui danse See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Screwball Soprano at the mid-point of Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940) was not Carmen D'Antonio dubbed by Lois Hodnott. She was Charlotte Arren. Her pianist was her husband Johnny Broderick. Arren and Broderick were a famous Vaudeville act and appeared in other films as well. A similar screwball performance by Arren and Broderick of Il Bacio appears in the 1937 film Calling All Stars (1937). The performance in the 1937 film proves that Ms. Arren's performance in Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940) was not dubbed. It was, indeed, her own voice. 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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Featured in That's Entertainment! III (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
From "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Astaire and Powell are fantastic
31 July 2005 | by jackmagicjck2See all my reviews

This is one of Fred Astaire's best works, and probably Eleanor Powell's most memorable. For whatever reason she has not reached the iconic status Fred Astaire's other parter Ginger Rogers. I am not sure why, i personally think Eleanor Powell is a better dancer than Ginger Rogers. Maybe she got sick of show business, and that is the reason why she did not make more movies. But for whatever reason i think she definitely deserves more recognition than she gets. I would recommend this film to anyone. Even for people who don't typically like musicals i believe will be memorized by the talents of these two legends. When Astaire and Powell, dance both these great talents leave the viewer in aw.


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