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Stars Over Broadway (1935)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 23 November 1935 (USA)
Al is a down on his luck promoter who is thinking of taking the final bow when he meets Jan, the singing porter. He sees something in Jan so he signs him to a contract. Al works odd jobs to... See full summary »

Director:

William Keighley

Writers:

Jerry Wald (screen play), Julius J. Epstein (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pat O'Brien ... Al McGillevray
Jane Froman ... Joan Garrett
James Melton ... Jan King
Jean Muir ... Nora Wyman
Frank McHugh ... Offkey Cramer
Eddie Conrad ... Freddy
William Ricciardi ... Minotti
Marie Wilson ... Molly
Frank Fay ... Announcer
E.E. Clive ... Crane
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Al is a down on his luck promoter who is thinking of taking the final bow when he meets Jan, the singing porter. He sees something in Jan so he signs him to a contract. Al works odd jobs to pay for Jan's singing lessons and drops the idea of Opera when he learns that it will take years. He has him sing in a nightclub and from there it is up. But Jan soon starts missing lessons and rehearsals and hits the bottle so the partnership between Al and Jan ends. Soon Jan is also unemployed and Al pays the professor to take him to Italy to see if he will be able to sing Opera. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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USA

Language:

English | Italian | Yiddish

Release Date:

23 November 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Estrelas da Broadway See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place Sunday 23 September 1956 in San Diego CA on KFSD (Channel 10); it first aired in Tucson Thursday 28 March 1957 on KGUN (Channel 9), in San Francisco Sunday 23 June 1957 on KRON (Channel 4) and in Wichita Wednesday 24 July 1957 on KAKE (Channel 10). See more »

Soundtracks

You Let Me Down
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Played on piano at Witmark's when Offkey says he'll be in "2"
Sung by Jane Froman at Witmark's
Also played as dance music during the second scene at the Sky Club
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The title is ironic because...
26 December 2010 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

...with the exception of Pat O'Brien there are really no other big screen stars in this film. However, there are some quite famous singing stars including Jane Froman and James Melton.

The story starts out in a bar with down-on-his-luck agent/talent scout Al McGillevray (Pat O'Brien) being the butt of jokes at every table he visits in the joint. Disheartened, he goes back to his hotel and requests his trunk be brought up to his room, saying he's going to check out. He is - but not the way the night clerk thinks as Al has a gun in that trunk and plans to end it all. He changes his mind when happy singing porter Jan King (James Melton) arrives with his trunk and Al thinks he can make him into a sensation and finally become a big shot which seems to be his highest goal in life.

Al takes odd jobs in order to pay Jan's expenses during the weeks it takes for Jan to take some basic voice training from Professor Minotti, and then Jan makes his debut. Minotti wants to take Jan to Italy for lengthy training so that he can sing opera, since he has that potential. This doesn't mix with anxious Al's desire to drag Jan to the top as fast as possible so he can go around town crowing that he discovered him. What is dragged up fast can be dragged down in a hurry too, as Jan begins to be more interested in wine and women than song. Throughout all of this, there is the presence of a demure young woman, Nora, who wants to be a singer. She is constantly asking Al if he'll be her agent, and for some reason that's not clearly understandable, he keeps refusing. Things come to a head between Jan and Al when Jan not only is trashing his own career but is planning on making Nora another notch in his belt.

This one is a little light on dramatic enjoyment but I have to take my hat off to Pat O'Brien's acting here. His character starts out a weakling who is willing to end it all over nothing more than foolish pride, but by the end of the film I really admired the guy. On top of that there's some beautiful singing by James Melton in one of his very few film appearances of the 30's.


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