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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.

Director:

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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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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Trivia

It had been reported that Fred Astaire was intimidated by Eleanor Powell because she was one of the few female tap dancers capable of out-performing him. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

King Shaw: The more I know about women, the less I know about women.
Johnny Brett: Maybe someday you'll learn they're not all the same.
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Connections

Featured in That's Entertainment! (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Anchors Aweigh
(1906) (uncredited)
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
Played at the end of the All Ashore number
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User Reviews

If you love dance......You gotta love this one!!!
7 July 1999 | by blueoneSee all my reviews

Well if you know anything about Fred Astaire movies, you already know that his films are never very long on plot. HOWEVER, the music and especially his dancing make up for a thin plot. This one is no exception. The plot of the movie is pretty unimaginative. But, the dancing is about as good as it gets!!! Be sure not to miss the final dance number, with Mr. Astaire and Ms. Powell dancing to "Begin the Begine". I would call it the quintessential dance routine of American film. It is a stark study in black and white. A black background, with twinkling stars, a shiny polished black floor, and the two dancing geniuses all in white. This is a MUST SEE for anyone who loves dance.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadway Melody of 1940 See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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