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Broadway Rhythm (1944)

A reluctantly retired vaudevillian clashes with his producer son who thinks his father's entertainment is passe and audiences need something more sophisticated. Meanwhile the producer's father and sister secretly produce their own show.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Harry Clork (screenplay), Oscar Hammerstein II (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Murphy ... Jonnie Demming
Ginny Simms ... Helen Hoyt
Charles Winninger ... Sam Demming
Gloria DeHaven ... Patsy Demming
Nancy Walker ... Trixie Simpson
Ben Blue ... Felix Gross
Lena Horne ... Fernway de la Fer
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Eddie
Hazel Scott Hazel Scott ... Hazel Scott
Kenny Bowers Kenny Bowers ... Ray Kent
Maggie Ross Maggie Ross ... Maggie (as The Ross Sisters)
Aggie Ross Aggie Ross ... Aggie (as The Ross Sisters)
Elmira Ross Elmira Ross ... Elmira (as The Ross Sisters)
Dean Murphy Dean Murphy ... Hired Man
Louis Mason ... Farmer
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Storyline

Broadway producer Jonnie Demming courts big-name talent for his upcoming musical show, oblivious to the talent all around him, in his family and friends. When Jonnie finally lands Hollywood star Helen Hoyt for his cast, Helen herself tries opening Jonnie's eyes to the talents of his dad and sister. But Jonnie remains adamant. Will his family and friends launch their own show, in competition with Jonnie's? Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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Genres:

Family | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Broadway Melody of 1944 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was initially telecast in Los Angeles Tuesday 11 February 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia 10 March 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6); in San Francisco it was not aired until 12 June 1961 on KGO (Channel 7), and New York City televiewers did not get a look at it until 7 November 1962 on WCBS (Channel 2). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. See more »

Goofs

Impressionist Dean Murphy, impersonating Joe E. Brown, is in a barnyard sketch with Nancy Walker. His armpit sweat varies from shot to shot - very wet, a couple smalls spots, dry and wet again. See more »

Quotes

Jonnie Demming: Here we are - three weeks before the opening and we haven't got a leading lady.
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Connections

Featured in That's Entertainment! III (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Pretty Baby
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne and Tony Jackson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Kenny Bowers (uncredited), Gloria DeHaven (uncredited), and Charles Winninger (uncredited)
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Paul Ford
5 June 2016 | by oldiesdude1956See all my reviews

Just before Murphy and Simms go to see the Palm Reader, the man at the visual machine, with his back to us, when responding to Murphys comment looks quickly back. He looks life Paul Ford of the Music Man and You'll Never Get Rich (Bilko). He looks very young too. The color is fantastic and the opening number is first rate. It is great to see Nancy Walker in her youth. The dancers are superb and the music is great. Ginny Simms looks great coming out of Kay Keysers band. She was also with Abbott and Costello in a movie called "Hit the Ice." Her voice is great and the band compliments her voice. Lorne looks great but the Brazilian number was a little dull. They could have used her better in another dance scene.I give the movie a strong seven.


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