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Main Street to Broadway (1953)

Approved | | Music, Romance | 13 October 1953 (USA)
In New York, a surly, down-on-his-heels playwright meets a country girl who's giving up trying to act and returning home. He goes with her for inspiration when his agent convinces a stage ... See full summary »

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Tay Garnett

Writers:

Samson Raphaelson (screenplay), Robert E. Sherwood (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Morton ... The Playwright - Tony Monaco (as Tom Morton)
Mary Murphy ... The Actress - Mary Craig
Agnes Moorehead ... Mildred Waterbury
Herb Shriner Herb Shriner ... Frank Johnson
Rosemary DeCamp ... The Mother - Mrs. Harry Craig
Clinton Sundberg ... The Father - Mr. Harry Craig
Tallulah Bankhead ... Talulah Bankhead
Ethel Barrymore ... Ethel Barrymore
Lionel Barrymore ... Lionel Barrymore
Gertrude Berg ... Tony's Neighbor at the NY Apartment House
Shirley Booth ... Shirley Booth
Louis Calhern ... Louis Calhern
Leo Durocher Leo Durocher ... Leo Durocher
Faye Emerson ... Faye Emerson
Oscar Hammerstein II ... Oscar Hammerstein
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Storyline

In New York, a surly, down-on-his-heels playwright meets a country girl who's giving up trying to act and returning home. He goes with her for inspiration when his agent convinces a stage star to take his next effort. When he returns to Broadway, his girl stays behind and starts seeing a local businessman. Written by WesternOne

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Music | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Directo a Broadway See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Cinema Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot on location in New York and stands as an invaluable document of the Broadway theater district as it existed during the Golden Age. Among other landmarks, the film takes audiences in and around the legendary Empire Theatre, located at 1430 Broadway, between 40th & 41st Streets, which was already earmarked for demolition and would be razed several weeks after this footage was captured. See more »

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The orchestrator/musical director was Leo Arnaud but on the screen at the top of the movie the credits read Leon Arnaud. See more »

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Featured in The Line King: The Al Hirschfeld Story (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

There's Music in You
by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by Mary Martin (uncredited)
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A 10 for sentimental reasons.
27 April 2006 | by justoldbillSee all my reviews

An interesting note- Tom Morton, who plays Tony Monaco in the film, toured in the national company of I CAN GET IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE under the stage name of Tony Monaco. This film is a theatre-lover's delight for so many reasons, my favorite being Tallulah Bankhead yelling at Agnes Moorehead "Aren't they writing plays for nice people like ME ANYMORE?!?!". Other people appearing in the film not listed in the cast or in the other posts include Al Hirschfeld at work on one of his drawings, Regis Toomey as a policeman, Lydia Reed back-stage with Helen Hayes at MRS. McTHING, Constance Carpenter backstage at THE KING AND I, first-nighters Maureen Stapleton, Joan McCracken, Vivian Blaine, Paula Lawrence, Sam Jaffe, Dolly Haas(Mrs. Hirschfeld), Nedda Logan, Dorothy Rodgers, Dorothy Hammerstein, and best of all Estelle Winwood, providing the gem, "Tallulah's got a wonderful heart- only sometimes it pumps the wrong way." Oddly, Henry Fonda is always credited with a cameo, but I don't see him in the VHS print. This may be due to the fact that some changes in personnel and plot happened along the way, probably with the involvement of MGM. Originally, it was to be Henry Fonda and Olivia de Havilland who bail Tony out of jail, not Louis Calhern and Ethel Barrymore. The Faye Emerson radio broadcasts were written to be done by Arthur Godfrey. The Gertrude Berg character was originally named "Mrs. Donatelo", probably to be more Italian than Jewish. The playwright's name was originally Tony Fletcher, not Tony Monaco. Even then-mayor Vincent R. Impellitteri (another first-nighter) was to get into the act with a climactic car chase on the Pulaski Skyway involving himself, Tony and Mrs. Danotelo pursuing Mary and Frank on their way back to Indiana, while in New York, THE PLAY IS A SUCCESS!!! Don't ask.


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