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Babes on Broadway (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | January 1942 (USA)
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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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 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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Youth! Fun! Song Hits! It Has Everything! See more »


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Trivia

Dan Dailey was replaced by Ray McDonald before filming began. See more »

Goofs

During the "Hoe Down" number, both Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland's voices are heard singing, but Judy is not singing the words. See more »

Quotes

Morton 'Hammy' Hammond: Looks like somebody's been reading our mail.
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in Summer Stock: Get Happy! (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

The Yankee Doodle Boy
(1904) (uncredited)
Written by George M. Cohan
Sung by Mickey Rooney imitating George M. Cohan
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1942 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$940,068 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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