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Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937)

Passed | | Musical, Romance | 20 August 1937 (USA)
Steve Raleight wants to produce a show on Broadway. He finds a backer, Herman Whipple and a leading lady, Sally Lee. But Caroline Whipple forces Steve to use a known star, not a newcomer. ... See full summary »

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Jack McGowan (screen play), Jack McGowan (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Taylor ... Steve Raleigh
Eleanor Powell ... Sally Lee
George Murphy ... Sonny Ledford
Binnie Barnes ... Caroline Whipple
Buddy Ebsen ... Peter Trot
Sophie Tucker ... Alice Clayton
Judy Garland ... Betty Clayton
Charles Igor Gorin ... Nicki Papaloopas
Raymond Walburn ... Herman Whipple
Robert Benchley ... Duffy
Willie Howard ... The Waiter
Charley Grapewin ... James K. Blakeley
Robert Wildhack Robert Wildhack ... The Sneezer
Billy Gilbert ... George Papaloopas
Barnett Parker ... Jerry Jason
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Storyline

Steve Raleight wants to produce a show on Broadway. He finds a backer, Herman Whipple and a leading lady, Sally Lee. But Caroline Whipple forces Steve to use a known star, not a newcomer. Sally purchases a horse, she used to train when her parents had a farm before the depression and with two ex-vaudevillians, Sonny Ledford and Peter Trott she trains it to win a race, providing the money Steve needs for his show. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Taglines:

So New It's a Year Ahead!

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

20 August 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Broadway Melody of 1937 See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was initially telecast in Los Angeles Tuesday 14 January 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Sunday 16 February 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), and by San Francisco 19 October 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); in New York City it finally aired 15 May 1963 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

In the final number "Your Broadway and My Broadway" there's a neon sign on the right with the writing "Broadway Melody of 1937" - the working title of this movie. See more »

Quotes

Betty Clayton: [singing] I don't care what happens, let the whole world stop. As far as I'm concerned you'll always be the top. 'Cause you know you made me love you.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Everybody Sing
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung by Judy Garland, Sophie Tucker, Barnett Parker, Delos Jewkes and chorus
Contains portions of "Sing a Song of Sixpence"
Traditional nursery rhyme
Reprised a cappella by Barnett Parker
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Not one of the best Broadway Melodies, but it has some great numbers!
16 July 2009 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

What we have here is one of those none-too-inspired screenplays which the players are forced to pep up by shouting their lines at the top of their voices! Alas! Only Billy Gilbert can get away with this sort of stratagem. The others just seem ridiculous. However, never mind the silly story (this is one of the very few musicals with a horse-racing background), the movie's chief assets are its song and dance numbers, including a box-car dance with Eleanor Powell, George Murphy and Buddy Ebsen, two songs by Judy Garland (including the justly famous, "You Made Me Love You"), and. topping them all, a very lively and vastly amusing romp in the rain by Powell and Murphy. The movie was choreographed by the vastly under-rated Dave Gould and attractively photographed in black-and-white by William Daniels (although I understand Ray June worked on the film too).


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