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  Broadway Melody of 1940 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Broadway Melody of 1940 was a American movie musical starring Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell and George Murphy.
This was the fourth and final film in MGM's loosely-connected Broadway Melody series which began with the original The Broadway Melody released in 1929, and was followed by Broadway Melody of 1936 and Broadway Melody of 1938.
The films were unconnected except for the use of the song "Broadway Melody" (although the 1940 entry did not feature the number), and the fact that Powell starred in the 1936, 1938 and 1940 entries (playing different roles in each).
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 The Broadway Melody - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Broadway Melody is an early musical motion picture, released on 1 February 1929.
The film was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and was the first musical motion picture released by the studio, and the first all-talking musical; over the next thirty years MGM would become the most popular producer of this genre of film entertainment.
Another Broadway Melody film was planned for 1942 (starring Gene Kelly and Eleanor Powell) but production was cancelled at the last minute.
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 Broadway Melody of 1936 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Broadway Melody of 1936 is a musical film released by MGM in 1935, despite the title and directed by Roy Del Ruth.
It was a follow up of sorts to the successful The Broadway Melody, which had been released in 1929, although beyond the title and some music there is no story connection with the earlier film.
Powell became a major MGM musical star as a result of this picture, and would appear in the next two entries in the Broadway Melody series: Broadway Melody of 1938 and Broadway Melody of 1940.
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BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940 tells the story of dancers Johnny Brett (Astaire) and King Shaw (George Murphy), who are trying to get their foot in the door on The Great White Way.
BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940 isn’t one of those movies that have been digitally restored frame by frame, but it is obvious that the image has been cleaned up to a some extent, with only mild scratches and blemishes remaining.
BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940 is a genuine delight for Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell and Cole Porter fans that climaxes with a classic dance number built around Porter’s Begin The Beguine.
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 Broadway Melody of 1936
Broadway Melody of 1936 is a musical film released in 1935, despite the title.
It was a followup to the successful The Broadway Melody, which had been released in 1929.
The thin plot involves two women plotting to see which one would star in a new Broadway musical.
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 The Broadway Melody   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
All three are involved in the latest Francis Zanfield (sic) musical extravaganza, The Broadway Melody, in which Eddie scores a hit by strutting across the stage in top hat and tails singing, in the title song, the praises of the Great White Way.
The movie was remade by MGM in 1940 as Two Girls on Broadway.
The Technicolor sequences in The Broadway Melody are no longer known to exist.
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Perhaps not even they can liven up the famous "Begin the Beguine" routine (many swear by it, but it's upstaged by the less pretentious numbers), but they make an electric duo, both of them at the top of their form and hiding the no-doubt-heroic efforts it took to bring them to the screen.
Broadway Melody of 1940 is no masterpiece, entirely by design--it's the antidote for all of the great films that wow you with their understanding but hang heavily on your shoulders.
The print used was surprisingly undamaged for its age; although there is the occasional negative defect, the image itself is sharp and clear and never reminds you that the film you're watching is over 60 years old.
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 Encyclopedia: Broadway Melody of 1938   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Broadway Melody of 1938 is a 1937 musical film, produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, directed by Roy Del Ruth.
The film is essentially a backstage musical revue, featuring high-budget sets and cinematography in the MGM musical tradition.
Eleanor Powell, left, in Broadway Melody of 1938.
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 Broadway Melody of 1938 by Abby Manzella
Broadway Melody of 1938 puts Robert Taylor back in the role of romantic lead, revealing the cracks in the attempts to find Eleanor Powell a partner.
Broadway Melody of 1938 makes this problem of pairing even more apparent by attempting partnership dancing.
She has successfully gotten herself on Broadway by training her horse for a race that he won, providing the funds for the show.
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 REELINSIDER.COM - THE BROADWAY MELODY (1929)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The one component of The Broadway Melody still capable of holding our interest today is the way its story displays a set of stock situations and now-cliché ridden characters that have since been beloved in movies for years.
Their first assignment is to debut a new song called "The Broadway Melody" that's been written by Hank's on again, off again boyfriend Eddie Kearns (Charles King), himself a Broadway performer and songwriter.
The Broadway Melody is a piece of history and like many pieces of history it isn't particularly noteworthy.
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 Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
BROADWAY MELODY OF 1936 (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1935), directed by Roy Del Ruth, from an original story by Moss Hart, with choreography by Dave Gould and Albertina Rasch, marked the new beginning in the cycle of MGM musicals that would be carried over through the 1950s.
BROADWAY MELODY OF 1936 starts off like a vaudeville show combined with comedy, skit and songs interacted in the storyline, but by the second half, becomes cliche when centering around the preparation of the musical show.
MELODY opens on a promising note with Harry Stockwell in full baritone voice singing the 1929 hit tune, "Broadway Melody" followed by Frances Langford vocalizing "You Are My Lucky Star" during a radio broadcast on WHN.
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 Emanuel Levy : DVD - The Broadway Melody   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
“The Broadway Melody” (1928/9) and “The Life of Emil Zola” (1937) are making their DVD debuts, while “Chariots of Fire” (1981), the British surprise winner, is getting a special treatment with a two-disc collector’s edition.
The very first Oscar-winning musical, “The Broadway Melody”, was MGM's first musical and also the first talking film to be honored by the Academy.
“The Broadway Melody” was such a box-office hit, that MGM made three more "Broadway Melody" films, of which “The Broadway Melody of l936,” released in l935, is considered to be the best and one of the few sequels to be nominated for Best Picture.
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 The Broadway Melody: Special Edition (1929)
The pulsating drama of Broadway's bared heart speaks and sings with a voice to stir your soul!
Broadway is auditions, struggle and heartbreak - and the applause that makes it all worthwhile.
The Broadway Melody appears in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; due to those dimensions, the image has not been enhanced for 16X9 televisions.
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 The Broadway Melody (1929)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The camera in "The Broadway Melody" rarely moves, most of the scenes are in long-shot or mid-shot, and occasionally characters blur when they walk out of the camera's focal range.
The male dresser in "The Broadway Melody" is a blatant stereotype of the sissy, and the derisive remarks and put downs that he endures from other characters would or should not be tolerated today.
However, "The Broadway Melody" is of merit not only for historical and social reasons but also for its entertainment value.
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 The DVD Journal | Quick Reviews: The Broadway Melody
So MGM's The Broadway Melody was the Star Wars of 1929, a pioneering surprise so packed with technological newness that audiences happily overlooked the shortcomings in its dialogue and acting to make it the top box-office smash of the year.
Their romantic entanglements can't stop their "the show must go on" pluck, with filler coming from backstage wisecracking, a theatrical agent with a low-comedy stutter, a sabotaged audition, a poofy costumer, the understudy's big showbiz break, and an oily playboy pitching woo with one of the girls.
Also making its debut in the talkies is George M. Cohan's melody to "Give My Regards To Broadway." The clichés stack up fast, the acting by all those former stage and silent-film talents is arch to the hilt, and the dancing can be frankly embarrassing, with chunky chorines sloppily choreographed.
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The moment of impact bursts through the silence and in a roar of sound, the final second is prolonged in a world of echoes as if the concrete and clay of Broadway itself was reliving its memories.
From Broadway Melody stereotypes the band returns to 'Stars and Stripes' bringing a tear to the moonshiner, who's been pouring out his spirit from the illegal still.
Echoes of the Broadway Everglades, With her mythical madonnas still walking in their shades: Lenny Bruce, declares a truce and plays his other hand.
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 Compare Prices and Read Reviews on Broadway Melody at Epinions.com
Originally conceived as a biopic of the Duncan Sisters (two vaudeville queens of "Topsy and Eva" fame), "The Broadway Melody" kept the sister act concept but evolved its story into love and sacrifice within the contexts of show biz and gangsters.
Following its success, there were three more "Broadway Melody" films released in subsequent years (1936, 1938, and 1940), each one a winner and improving on this original.
He's a performer himself and provides the means of getting them onto the Broadway stage, but the story centers on their love triangle and the sacrifices each sister makes (one smart, the other bone-headed) for this lug, who gets the best of both sisters.
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 broadway-melody-1938   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
BROADWAY MELODY OF 1938 (1937) B/W 115m dir: Roy Del Ruth
Judy sings a plaint to Clark Gable's photograph [the legendary "You Made Me Love You" number which gave the MGM brass an early glimpse of Garland's onscreen power] which is close to great screen acting.
There is a lot of plot [by Jack McGowan and Sid Silvers] about a racehorse which is owned by Eleanor Powell, and a Broadway show which Robert Taylor is trying to produce on a short bankroll.
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 Broadway Melody Of 1936 (1935 Film) : Popular Music
So far this is my favorite Broadway Melody movie from the series.
The plot of BROADWAY MELODY OF 1938 is a classic of its kind.
Bob Gordon (popular matinee idol Robert Taylor) is producing a Broadway musical--but he runs afoul of actress and financial backer Lilly Brent (June Knight), who sees herself not only as the star of the show but Bob's ladylove as well.
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 The DVD Journal | Quick Reviews: Broadway Melody of 1940
Unfortunately, the man outside the door is Broadway producer Bob Casey (Frank Morgan), who wants to put Johnny in his big show opposite leading starlet Clare Bennett (Eleanor Powell).
Among the most acclaimed of Fred Astaire's musicals, Broadway Melody of 1940 was his first for MGM, just after concluding his RKO contract (where he partnered with Ginger Rogers).
Like most Hollywood musicals from the Golden Age, Broadway Melody of 1940 wasn't about to win any awards for the acting or the screenwriting; thankfully, this entry is so entertaining that such elements become completely superfluous anyway.
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 VH1.com : Movies : Movie : Broadway Melody of 1936 : Main   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The Broadway Melody of 1936 was designed as the first of many annual follow-ups to "MGM"'s...
The Broadway Melody of 1936 was designed as the first of many annual follow-ups to "MGM"'s early-talkie triumph Broadway Melody (1929).
Jack Benny is atypically cast as a Walter Winchell type who carries on a feud with Broadway producer Robert Taylor.
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 Part One: Broadway Melody and the Lesbian Plot By Abby Manzella
Instead of gaining resolution through Eddie, the men in Broadway Melody amplify the weakness of men, not the mystified masculine power that entraps women.
Logically then, although the producers of Broadway Melody may have taken the idea of the invert from Hall's The Well of Loneliness, it may also have taken the advice that a more subtle representation would have to be developed in order not to create law suits.
Thus Broadway Melody retells the story of the Duncan Sisters through the trope of sexual inversion.
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 Broadway Melody of 1940 - Compare Prices & Reviews at Smarter
The class of the Broadway Melody series with the burnished talents of Astaire and Murphy, and the timeless tunes of Cole Porter.
The plot, never the point of these exercises, pits two dancers in a friendly rivalry for the attentions of Powell.
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 Broadway Melody of 1940 Posters - Discount shopping Broadway Melody of 1940 posters
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 Broadway Melody of 1940 - DVD
When Clare Bennett (Eleanor Powell, who had appeared in Broadway Melody of 1936 and 1938) needs a new partner for her hit Broadway show, small-time hoofers Johnny Brett (Fred Astaire in his MGM debut) and King Shaw (George Murphy) get their big chance.
She goes through each of the Astaire-Rogers movies explaining the background, how the dance numbers were developed and analysing why Astaire was as great as he was.
True it's one of the MGM Broadway Melody series of films but, in my humble opinion, it is the best one and that's because of one ingredient that was missing from the others - Mr.
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 DVD Talk > Reviews > The Broadway Melody of 1929 > Printer Friendly
The Broadway Melody (of 1929) is the genuine article, the first all-talking, -singing and -dancing musical of the sound era - and it won a best picture Oscar as well.
All of the audio recording appears to have been done live on the sets, putting The Broadway Melody in the small minority of American films where the performances are being done live as we see them.
Warners' DVD of The Broadway Melody looks fine; the film shows some wear here and there but is basically intact.
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