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Walking Down Broadway (1938)

Approved | | Drama | 11 March 1938 (USA)
Five closely knit showgirls sign a pact to reunite one year after the closing of their Broadway production, but the lives of all five take many different turns, often for the worse.

Director:

Norman Foster

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Robert Chapin (screenplay), Karen DeWolf (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Trevor ... Joan Bradley
Phyllis Brooks ... Vicki Stone
Leah Ray ... Linda Martin
Dixie Dunbar ... Tiny Bronson
Lynn Bari ... Sandra De Voe
Jayne Regan ... Jerry Lane
Michael Whalen ... Peter Claybourne
Thomas Beck ... Tom Douglas
Douglas Fowley ... Ace Wagner
Walter Woolf King ... Jeff Hoffman
Jed Prouty ... F. R. Randall
Robert Kellard ... Bob Randall
Joan Carroll ... Sunny Martin (as Joan Carol)
Leon Ames ... Frank Gatty
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Eddie (as William Benedict)
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Five closely knit showgirls sign a pact to reunite one year after the closing of their Broadway production, but the lives of all five take many different turns, often for the worse.

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SIX GIRLS...whose lives were as exciting...as teeming with heart-catching drama...as Broadway itself!

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Drama

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Séta a Broadwayn See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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20th Century Fox purchased the rights to Mark Hellinger's story "Six Girls and Death" for $15,000. See more »

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Good-Bye My Heart (Good Luck to You)
Written by Sidney Clare and Harry Akst
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Fast paced soap opera programmer
11 August 2012 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1938's "Walking Down Broadway" is a Fox programmer directed at a fast clip by Norman Foster, who helmed six of the studio's eight 'Mr. Moto' features. Six showgirls become sad at the closing of "Manhattan Revue" on New Years Eve, so they make a pact to reunite in a year to celebrate their upcoming good fortune. Alas, not everyone will be available, as Sandra (Lynn Bari) is immediately struck down in the street after signing a new Hollywood contract. Tiny (Dixie Dunbar) continues in show business, while Joan (Claire Trevor) goes into fashion design, carefully watching over the mistakes made by the others. Jerry (Jayne Regan) is engaged to Tom (Thomas Beck), who only wants to marry her after becoming a financial success. Vicki (Phyllis Brooks) makes the mistake of juggling multiple boyfriends, one of whom is a notorious gambler (Leon Ames) who eventually winds up gunned down trying to collect a debt from another racketeer (Douglas Fowley), successfully framing chanteuse Linda Martin (Leah Ray) for the crime, leaving her young daughter in Joan's care. With six lead actresses and only 69 minutes it never gets dull, even when the melodramatics grow more absurd (someone has to have a happy ending!). Alas, not among the unbilled players are Lon Chaney and Robert Lowery, cast as delivery men, both ending up on the cutting room floor, nearly always side by side in Fox titles like "The Lady Escapes," "Wife, Doctor and Nurse," "Charlie Chan on Broadway," "Life Begins in College," "Second Honeymoon," "City Girl," "Happy Landing," "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "Josette," "Passport Husband," "Straight Place and Show," and John Ford's "Submarine Patrol" (Chaney alas found his roles deleted in "Love is News," "That I May Live," and "Born Reckless").


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