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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.


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


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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July 1923 (USA) See more »

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Broadway Is Always Like This!
10 February 2008 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

It's always a pleasure to see the lovely Colleen Moore in action. Even when handed a script that wanders all over the place, Miss Moore still manages to shine. Mind you, it's not really the sort of role we like to encounter her in, because the character she plays is so colorless, she's forced to let the rest of the cast walk all over her. It's really a Johnnie Walker and Alice Lake movie, even though George and Bubbles have little in common and few scenes together. But they're both very personable players and they're given a great deal of footage.

The direction rates as reasonably competent with me and like all Mr Cummings' movies shows occasional flashes of brilliance.

The script is the problem. A flashback is a suspenseless device to start with. But just as this what-happened-back-then scenario seems to settle down into its conventional formulas of rags to success, virtue is its own reward and the price of fame is body and soul, it switches all of a sudden into a half-baked murder mystery which is then quickly and most unconvincingly resolved.

At this point the script-writers unexpectedly decide to substitute subtlety and brevity for the detailed exposition of previous scenes. The flashback ends and disappointingly the main plot is then breathlessly wound up Tully Marshall--a fine actor, but in this movie he's merely a minor support player

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