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Broken Hearts of Broadway (1923)

| Drama | July 1923 (USA)
The story of a young actress trying to attain stardom on Broadway.

Director:

Irving Cummings
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Cast overview:
Colleen Moore ... Mary Ellis
Johnnie Walker ... George Colton
Alice Lake ... Bubbles Revere
Tully Marshall ... Barney Ryan
Kate Price ... Lydia Ryan
Creighton Hale ... An Outcast
Tony Merlo Tony Merlo ... Tony Guido (as Anthony Merlo)
Arthur Stuart Hull Arthur Stuart Hull ... Barry Peale
Freeman Wood ... Frank Huntleigh
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Stage-struck country girl Mary Ellis ( Colleen Moore ) arrives in New York and gets a job with a chorus line. She is soon out of work for repulsing the attentions of the show owner. George ( Johnnie Walker ) , a songwriter, befriends her and gets her a job in a Chinese cabaret. By a combination of circumstances, Mary is falsely accused of the murder of the show owner's friend. Mary is freed through the devoted efforts of George, who becomes her husband. They both become successful when George writes a hit play, starring Mary, based on their experiences. Written by Pamela Short

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Disappointing drama suffers from uninspired direction.
11 February 2002 | by David-240See all my reviews

Irving Cummings seems to have been very uninspired by this drama about an aspiring actress struggling to survive on Broadway. His direction is dull, mostly simple two-shots with very few close-ups. In fact I don't think Johnny Walker gets a single close-up in the entire film. And his reluctance to bring the camera in close means that he doesn't use the wonderfully expressive face of Colleen Moore. There is one gorgeous close-up of her looking through a curtain which demonstrates how foolish Cummings' fear of close-ups was. Her face expressing so much emotion that we can feel the envy she feels, as her gold-digger friend goes off to fame and fortune.

This film is certainly a missed opportunity - a great cast, a good (if somewhat cliched) story and a fascinating setting (Broadway in the 1920's). But Cummings chooses to shoot all the dance routines from the side - like we are watching from the wings. A nice idea for some shots - but for all of them! The Broadway shows look pretty shoddy anyway. Perhaps this was a budgetary problem.

Anyway, the film is worth seeing for a glimpse of the great Colleen Moore in an early leading role.


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