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Babes on Broadway (1941)

Tommy Williams desperately wants to get to Broadway, but as he is only singing in a spaghetti house for tips he is a long way off. He meets Penny Morris, herself no mean singer, and through... See full summary »

Director:

Busby Berkeley

Writers:

Fred F. Finklehoffe (original story) (as Fred Finklehoffe), Fred F. Finklehoffe (screen play) (as Fred Finklehoffe) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mickey Rooney ... Tommy Williams
Judy Garland ... Penny Morris
Fay Bainter ... Miss Jones
Virginia Weidler ... Barbara Jo
Ray McDonald ... Ray Lambert
Richard Quine ... Morton Hammond
Donald Meek ... Mr. Stone
Alexander Woollcott Alexander Woollcott ... Alexander Woollcott
Luis Alberni ... Nick
James Gleason ... Thornton Reed
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Williams
Frederick Burton ... Mr. Morris
Cliff Clark ... Inspector Moriarity
William Post Jr. ... Announcer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carl Stockdale ... Man (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Tommy Williams desperately wants to get to Broadway, but as he is only singing in a spaghetti house for tips he is a long way off. He meets Penny Morris, herself no mean singer, and through her gets the idea to promote a show to send orphaned children on a country holiday. But he is only using the kids to get on himself, which Penny soon realises. With his romance off, an engagement in Philadelphia he can't get to, and, indeed, war in Europe, life can be difficult. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

The fastest musical show on Earth, biggest song and dance spectacle of all time! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Débuts à Broadway See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$940,068 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,850,000, 11 August 1946
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Vincente Minnelli conceived and supervised the "Ghost Theater" sequence where Garland and Rooney imitate theatrical notables of the past. See more »

Goofs

In the "Hoe Down" number, during Ray McDonald's tap dance, his foot movement does not match the sound of the taps. See more »

Quotes

Tommy 'Tom' Williams: Will ya sing me a song?
Penny Morris: How do you know I can?
Tommy 'Tom' Williams: Because you sing when you talk. When you walk. Why your eyes, why their singing right now
Penny Morris: They are? Well I'll be darned
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Alternate Versions

Some older television prints of the film delete the minstrel show finale. See more »

Connections

Featured in Private Screenings: Child Stars (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Anything Can Happen in New York
(uncredited)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Ralph Freed
Sung and danced to by Mickey Rooney, Ray McDonald and Richard Quine
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Rooney and Garland - what more need be said.
26 January 2014 | by PWNYCNYSee all my reviews

If you like fast paced Hollywood musicals from yesteryear, then this movie is for you. The story is dated and hokey, but there is a lot of singing and dancing. Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland and the rest of the cast is excellent. Rooney demonstrates his versatility as a song-and-dance man and pairs well with Judy Garland who sings several songs and is quite engaging. The finale includes a several-minutes long minstrel sequence which some may find insensitive as it is performed in black face. That notwithstanding, Garland performs a number in black face and in drag (i.e. dressed as a male), which is remarkable. The cinematography is excellent, capturing the dance sequences in all their glory. If judged by current tastes, the movie's style is a curio, an antique. But what is not dated is the energy, vitality and the music itself which would resonate with today's audience.


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