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The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)

A successful but constantly-feuding husband and wife musical comedy team threatens to break up when the wife entertains an offer to become a serious actress.

Director:

Charles Walters

Writers:

Betty Comden (original screenplay), Adolph Green (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Josh Barkley
Ginger Rogers ... Dinah Barkley
Oscar Levant ... Ezra Millar
Billie Burke ... Mrs. Livingston Belney
Gale Robbins ... Shirlene May
Jacques François ... Jacques Pierre Barredout (as Jacques Francois)
George Zucco ... The Judge
Clinton Sundberg ... Bert Felsher
Inez Cooper ... Pamela Driscoll
Carol Brewster Carol Brewster ... Gloria Amboy
Wilson Wood Wilson Wood ... Larry
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Storyline

Josh and Dinah Barkley are a successful (though argumentative) musical-comedy team, yet Dinah chafes as Galatea to her husband's Pygmalion. When serious playwright Jacques Barredout envisions her as a great dramatic actress, Dinah is not hard to persuade. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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M·G·M's New Technicolor Musical Hit See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

1 September 1949 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

You Made Me Love You See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,325,420 (estimated)
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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)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

MGM Records issued a truncated sound track album in conjunction with the film's 1949 release, which, like In the Good Old Summertime (1949), was issued only on the 78rpm speed, with no ten-inch LP released. Only four numbers were included, leaving six omitted: "A Weekend in the Country," "Bouncin' the Blues," "Sabre Dance," "Swing Trot," "Manhattan Downbeat" and the Tchaikovsky concerto. Whereas In the Good Old Summertime (1949) was issued on LP in the 1950s, the long-out-of-print The Barkleys of Broadway (1949) would not find is way to LP until 1973. See more »

Goofs

When Ezra goes to the theater to ask Dinah appear at the hospital benefit, Jacques calls her back to rehearsal and she says "Ill be there in a second JOSH" instead of Jacques. See more »

Quotes

Ezra Miller: I find that girl completely resistible.
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Connections

References Shall We Dance (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Natchez on the Mississippi
(1949) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Written for the film but not used
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Fab fluff from Freed
8 March 2003 | by sibisi73See all my reviews

Another fluffy concoction from the Freed unit at MGM, this one most notable for the reteaming of Rogers and Astaire after a ten year break, with the usual mix of tunes and laughs. Full of the usual high jinks expected from the stars, the screenwriters and the creative team it's hard to resist...even if the polish can't completely cover all the cracks. When Fred and Ginger dance (again) to "They Can't Take That Away From Me" you just can't help but melt! Who could ask for anything more?


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