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Broadway Gondolier (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 27 July 1935 (USA)
Dick Purcell is an American taxi driver who wants to become a singer promoting cheese products. Oddly he thinks the way to do it is to become a gondolier from Venice. Along the way he sings and woos a sassy secretary Alice.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Sig Herzig (story), E.Y. Harburg (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Powell ... Richard 'Dick' Purcell, aka Ricardo Purcelli
Joan Blondell ... Alice Hughes
Adolphe Menjou ... Professor Eduardo de Vinci
Louise Fazenda ... Mrs. Flaggenheim
William Gargan ... Cliff Stanley
George Barbier ... Music Critic Hayward
Grant Mitchell ... E.V. Richards, Radio Producer
Ted Fio Rito ... Ted Fio Roto - Orchestra Leader (as himself)
The Mills Brothers ... The Four Mills Brothers (as The Four Mills Brothers)
Donald Mills ... Member of the Mills Brothers
Harry Mills ... Member of the Mills Brothers
Herbert Mills Herbert Mills ... Member of the Mills Brothers
John Mills John Mills ... Member of the Mills Brothers
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Music Critic Gilmore
Joe Sawyer ... 'Red' (as Joseph Sauers)
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Storyline

Dick Purcell is an American taxi driver who wants to become a singer promoting cheese products. Oddly he thinks the way to do it is to become a gondolier from Venice. Along the way he sings and woos a sassy secretary Alice.

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LOVERS ENRAPTURED -- ...Sweethearts enthralled in the light of venetian moonbeams and music!


Certificate:

Approved
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Efterlyst i radioen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Two of Joan Blondell's real-life husbands were involved in this film. Her first husband, cinematographer George Barnes, photographed it. Her second husband, Dick Powell, was her co-star. See more »

Quotes

Professor Eduardo de Vinci: Young woman, do you know who I am?
Alice Hughes: No.
Professor Eduardo de Vinci: I'm Eduardo de Vinci!
Alice Hughes: That could be fixed.
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Connections

Referenced in The Black Network (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

The Rose in Her Hair
(1935) (uncredited)
aka "Rosa D'Amor"
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Italian lyrics by Manuel Emanuel
Sung by Dick Powell in Italian and English in Venice, Italy with the chorus singing Italian
Reprised by Dick Powell in English on the radio show
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Flaggenheim Odorless Cheese, etc.
28 September 1999 | by AQKentSee all my reviews

It's been awhile since I saw this... It's a fun, harmless Warner Bros. musical of the '30's, with Dick Powell as an American crooner who moves to Italy to be a Gondolier, then (of course) gets discovered by a whacky American rich-lady, out to provide a "real" Singing-Gondolier for her husbands radio show... You get the idea. He falls for an adorable Joan Blondell while trying to hide his real identity... the movie's a lot of fun if you're not looking for great depth or meaning. Typical of the Warner Bros. musical machine of the day, but still fun.


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