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Broadway Rhythm (1944)

Approved | | Family, Music | 13 April 1944 (USA)
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.


Roy Del Ruth


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




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
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


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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The original project was intended to be the fifth film in the "Broadway Melody" series, and was to star Gene Kelly, Eleanor Powell and Lena Horne. MGM chief Louis B. Mayer decided instead to turn it into a vehicle to make a star out of his then-mistress Ginny Simms. Horne was then placed into this film in a supporting role and her "Brazilian Boogie" and "Somebody Loves Me" numbers (originally filmed for "Broadway Melody of 1943" were inserted into this one. Her other number filmed for "Broadway Melody", "Honeysuckle Rose", was placed into Thousands Cheer (1943) along with two other numbers meant for the abandoned film: Eleanor Powell's "Boogie Woogie" tap dance and a Gene Kelly number. See more »


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 »


Jonnie Demming: Here we are - three weeks before the opening and we haven't got a leading lady.
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Featured in That's Entertainment! III (1994) See more »


That Lucky Fellow
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung briefly by George Murphy, accompanying himself on piano
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The Ross Sisters
14 March 2007 | by dwgraham1950See all my reviews

I've always enjoyed this movie and consider it one of the better musicals of the 1940's. There has been quite a bit of interest in the Ross Sisters as they have popped up all over the internet due to their performance in Broadway Rhythm. They were billed as Aggie, Maggie, and Elmira but their real names were Vicki, Dixie, and Betsy. They hailed from Colorado City, Texas and were daughters of dirt farmers during the dust bowl days. They trained on their own and began working theaters and fairs in the Midwest. Pooling their money, they bought a trailer and moved to New Jersey to a trailer park about a mile from the George Washington bridge on Route 6. They earned minor roles in a George Kaufman play, Count Me In, and went on to Broadway Rhythm then Pickadilly Hayride at the Prince of Wales Theater in London. They were summoned before the King and Queen for a command performance on Nov. 4, 1946.

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13 April 1944 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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