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Broadway Limited (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 13 June 1941 (USA)
A publicity stunt staged on a train known as the Broadway Limited creates problems because of an unknown baby that was part of the stunt.


Gordon Douglas


Rian James (original screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Victor McLaglen ... Mike
Marjorie Woodworth ... April
Dennis O'Keefe ... Dr. Harvey North
Patsy Kelly ... Patsy
Zasu Pitts ... Myra
Leonid Kinskey ... Ivan
George E. Stone ... Lefty
Gay Ellen Dakin Gay Ellen Dakin ... Baby
Charles C. Wilson ... Detective (as Charles Wilson)
John Sheehan ... Conductor
Edgar Edwards ... State Trooper
Eric Alden ... State Trooper
Sam McDaniel ... Bartender (as Sam McDaniels)


As a ploy to gain publicity, a motion picture director wants his star actress to take a baby with her on a train trip. The director's secretary asks the train's engineer, an old boyfriend, for help. As the engineer ponders what to do, a stranger in the train station tells him that he has a baby that could be used. On board the train, the actress meets a young doctor whom she knew in school, and whom she is still in love with. The presence of the baby causes a series of misunderstandings between them, but the real problems begin when the engineer begins to suspect that the baby may have been kidnapped. Written by Snow Leopard

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Hello Broadway, Goodbye Blues


Comedy | Romance


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Good cast of character actors on a train with a baby
7 October 2011 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

Big shot movie director Ivan Ivanski (Leonid Kinsky) insists, in his best Russian accent, that his hot starlet (Marjorie Woodworth) must have a baby—for publicity reasons. Assistant Patsy Kelly, train driver Victor McLaglen, young doctor Dennis O'Keefe and movie fan Zasu Pitts are along for the ride—a train ride to New York, actually, along with a "borrowed" baby who is passed back and forth among these reluctant guardians for the duration of the trip.

The plot isn't much, but some entertaining moments and enthusiastic performances add up to a pleasant 75 minutes. O'Keefe and Woodworth are the cute young stars, and they have a silly off-again, on-again romance that is not particularly exciting but inoffensive enough. McLaglen has a charming, hilarious scene telling the story of the three bears to the (mostly indifferent) baby. Kinsky is great fun as the temperamental movie man who will do anything to make his next picture.

Kelly and Pitts stand out in their roles—Patsy is the practical-minded, quick-moving secretary who manages Ivanski's erratic moods handily and is hoping to catch a few moments on the trip with McLaglen, her boyfriend; Zasu is the slightly loony fan who is slightly obsessed with Renfrew, her radio hero (apparently a mounted policeman who may or may not kiss Melinda on tomorrow night's episode).

Zasu: "Must you go, Renfrew?" Patsy: "Yes, he must!" –It doesn't exactly look like great dialog, but delivered by these two pros that simple exchange is hilarious.

It's all good-natured silliness. Lots of neat footage of trains, too!

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Release Date:

13 June 1941 (USA) See more »

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The Baby Vanishes See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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