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Bright Lights (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 27 July 1935 (USA)
Joe and Fay Wilson are a happily married vaudeville team. But when a reporter discovers, that one of the chorus girls in the troupe is a slightly eccentric heiress, who bugs sometimes out ... See full summary »

Director:

Busby Berkeley

Writers:

Bert Kalmar (screen play), Harry Ruby (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joe E. Brown ... Joe Wilson
Ann Dvorak ... Fay Wilson
Patricia Ellis ... Claire Whitmore
William Gargan ... Dan Wheeler
Joseph Cawthorn ... Oscar Schlemmer
Henry O'Neill ... J.C. Anderson
Arthur Treacher ... Wilbur
Gordon Westcott ... Wellington
Joseph Crehan ... Post Office Attendant
William Demarest ... Detective
The Maxellos The Maxellos ... Acrobat Act
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Joe and Fay Wilson are a happily married vaudeville team. But when a reporter discovers, that one of the chorus girls in the troupe is a slightly eccentric heiress, who bugs sometimes out to do something strange (e.g. being a chorus girl in vaudeville), the manager decides that Joe had to do is act on Broadway -with the heiress- and the heiress falls in love with him, his marriage is threatened. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Comedy | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadway Joe See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Connections

Featured in Daffy Duck in Hollywood (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

You're an Eyeful of Heaven
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Allie Wrubel
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Sung by Patricia Ellis
Danced by Joe E. Brown
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Powder my back for me
12 November 2013 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Busby Berkeley film is a clichéd story (even in 1935) about a small-timer who makes it big and falls for a pretty blonde actress. This is a Joe E. Brown movie so there's lots of creaky cornball comedy, despite the fact the movie is actually more of a drama. I've never been a big fan of Brown's. His rubber-facing and grating voice is something that probably worked best for the vaudeville crowds he made his name with. In other words, his style of comedy is extremely dated.

Ann Dvorak plays his neglected wife. Dvorak was a beautiful and talented actress who made the most of even the most thankless part. She's the best thing about this film. Another performance of note is Henry O'Neill as a Broadway producer. It's fun to see a great character actor like O'Neill playing something besides a businessman or lawyer. Give this a shot if you're a fan of Joe E. Brown or Ann Dvorak. It's nothing groundbreaking but it's OK.


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