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Babes on Broadway (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | January 1942 (USA)
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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The fastest musical show on Earth, biggest song and dance spectacle of all time! See more »


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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's initial telecast took place in Norfolk VA Friday 1 March 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), followed by Seattle 2 March 1957 on KING (Channel 5), by Philadelphia 14 March 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by New Haven CT 21 March 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), by Altoona PA 29 March 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), by Portland OR 3 April 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), by Honolulu 22 May 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), and by Chicago 17 June 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2); it first aired in Los Angeles 12 June 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), and, eventually, in San Francisco 19 January 1961 on KGO (Channel 7); it's earliest documented telecast in New York City presently stands at 1 May 1961 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

As the kids are dancing to "Farmer in the Dell" at the block party, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, and Virginia Weidler can be seen dancing at the front of the group. As it ends, there is a cut to Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland applauding for the kids as they stand up on the stage. They are quickly joined by Virginia Weidler, who had been standing behind them. See more »

Quotes

Miss 'Jonesy' Jones: Every actor in New York will love you!
Thornton Reed, Theatrical Producer: I don't want every actor in New York to love me! I want my wife to love me!
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in The Big Store (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Romance No.2 in G Major, Op.40
(uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played on piano by a very young unidentified male prodigy
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Mickey Rooney at light speed
8 April 2004 | by apir51See all my reviews

This is one of those Hollywood 'Let's put on a show!' movies that were so popular in that bygone era. Such ha sense of sadness, though, when you realize that so many of the stars died young(Judy Garland-47, Ray McDonald-34, Virginia Weidler-41). Mickey Rooney, always a little high-strung, outdoes himself here, as he seems a 78RPM record, while everyone else is moving at 33 1/3. The minstrel number at the end is really quite embarrassing by today's standards, but it was the sort of thing they could get away with in those days. Quite a few of the standard 'view from above' shots common in Busby Berkeley films. I found it interesting as a look back at a bygone time that never really was.


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