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Broadway Babies (1929)

Unrated | | Drama, Musical | 20 January 1930 (Denmark)
Dee lives with her two girlfriends in a boarding house. Billy is in love with Dee and runs the show where Dee is in the chorus. He has Dee stepping from the chorus to featured dancer. ... See full summary »


Mervyn LeRoy


Jay Gelzer (based on the story by), Monte M. Katterjohn (screen version) (as Monte Katterjohn) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Alice White ... Dee Foster
Marion Byron ... Florine Chanler (as Miriam Byron)
Sally Eilers ... Navarre King
Charles Delaney ... Billy Buvanny
Tom Dugan ... Scotty
Bodil Rosing ... Durgan
Maurice Black ... Nick Stepanos
Fred Kohler ... Perc Gessant
Louis Natheaux ... August Brand
Jocelyn Lee ... Blossom Royal


Dee lives with her two girlfriends in a boarding house. Billy is in love with Dee and runs the show where Dee is in the chorus. He has Dee stepping from the chorus to featured dancer. Gessant is a importer and gambler from Detroit. A gang is trying to keep him in town to fleece him and they use Dee as bait. He is introduced to Dee after her show and she and her friends go out with Gessant and his gambling buddies only because Dee is mad at Billy. Gessant helps her get another job as headliner at the New Moon Club. Billy and Dee break up over this job and Gessant falls for Dee. But Billy still loves Dee and Gessant loves Dee and Dee must choose who she wants. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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All the brightest lights of Broadway merged in one! See more »


Drama | Musical


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Release Date:

20 January 1930 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadway Daddies See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone) (Western Electric Apparatus)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


A 24-sheet billboard for Corinne Griffith in Saturday's Children (1929) is prominently displayed outside the stage door in the final sequence. See more »


Durgan: I ain't squawkin' girlie, but, I hate to see you marry off without the money. A chorus dame can't ever be happy without it.
Dee Foster: You'll see. I'll marry Billy for better or for worse. And love it!
Durgan: Oh, listen, with your figure, you could get things far better than you get with that ham!
Dee Foster: Go ahead, say it, Durgan. You can't change my mind. I'm in love! Plumb cuckoo about Billy.
Durgan: That's just it, dearie. Cuckoo love ain't the wedlock kind and marriage ain't Broadway's language.
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Alternate Versions

This movie was also issued as a silent, with a film length of 2039.11 m. See more »


Referenced in Loose Ankles (1930) See more »


Jig, Jig, Jigaloo
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by George W. Meyer
Lyrics Al Bryan
Sung and danced to by Alice White and chorus at rehearsal
Reprised by Alice White and chorus at the show
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Snappy Alice White in Her Talkie Debut
11 February 2007 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Terrific little musical that stars Alice White as a chorus girl who gets the big break and becomes a Broadway star. Not much on plot but White is a dynamo with three big song and dance numbers (and she's really good): "Jig Jig Jigaloo," "Wishing and Waiting for Love," and "Broadway Babies." The songs are snappy and memorable. There's also a big finale. There's a terrific scene of the guys playing cards in a hotel room and looking out across the alley into the rehearsal hall where White and company are dancing.

Sally Eilers and Marion Byron are the girl friends. Charles Delaney is the boy friend. Fred Kohler is the big shot. Tom Dugan is the stuttering sidekick. Maurice Black and Louis Natheaux are the sharpies. Bodil Rosing, Jocelyn Lee, and Aggie Herring co-star.

White was a major star during the early talkie period, and it's easy to see why from this film and Show Girl in Hollywood. She was wide-eyed and bright. She wasn't a great actress or singer but she's got a snappy personality, and she carried the flapper into talkies.

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