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Broadway Serenade (1939)

Passed | | Drama, Music, Romance | 7 April 1939 (USA)
Mary Hale (a singer) and Jimmy Seymour (pianist/composer), are a show biz couple working in The Big Apple in small night clubs hoping to hit it big. One night, Larry Bryant (a Broadway ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

Charles Lederer (screen play), Lew Lipton (from original story by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanette MacDonald ... Mary Hale
Lew Ayres ... James Geoffrey Seymour
Ian Hunter ... Larry Bryant
Frank Morgan ... Cornelius Collier, Jr.
Wally Vernon ... Joey - the Jinx
Rita Johnson ... Judith Tyrrell
Virginia Grey ... Pearl
William Gargan ... Bill
Katharine Alexander ... Harriet Ingalls
Al Shean ... Herman
Esther Dale ... Mrs. Olsen
Franklin Pangborn ... Gene
E. Alyn Warren ... Everett (as E. Allyn Warren)
Paul Hurst ... Reynolds
Frank Orth ... Mr. Fellows
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Storyline

Mary Hale (a singer) and Jimmy Seymour (pianist/composer), are a show biz couple working in The Big Apple in small night clubs hoping to hit it big. One night, Larry Bryant (a Broadway producer) spots Mary and is taken with her beauty and golden voice. Larry Bryant asks her to audition for Mr. Collier and have Jimmy accompany her. After hearing Mary, Collier wants Mary to be in his show. Jimmy encourages a reluctant Mary to go on the road without him. Soon Mary's talent is noticed and her role in the show increases, while Harriet Ingalls the show's original star is pushed out. Ingalls quits promising to seek revenge. After 5 weeks on the road, Mary returns home. Mary is now a big star, while Jimmy's career has gone nowhere, and he feels threatened by Mary's success. Jimmy while waiting for Mary to dress, starts to read a Broadway magazine. Seeing pictures of Mary with Larry, he pours himself a drink and another till he's drunk. Larry stops by, and Ingalls suddenly appears and accuses ... Written by Kelly

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Taglines:

She Stumbled On A Career and Broke Her Heart. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Emporte mon coeur See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lew Ayres sings a line from the song "Brown October Ale" to Ian Hunter. The song is from the 1890's comic opera "Robin Hood". Ian Hunter appeared the previous year (1938) in "The Adventures of Robin Hood". See more »

Quotes

James: Lambchop, do you remember that wonderful, romantic honeymoon we never had?
Mary: I remember it as though it were tomorrow.
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Connections

Featured in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Big Parade of Hits for 1940 (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

The Farmer in the Dell
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played on a cello and sung by Al Shean at the boardinghouse
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A low point in Jeanette's career...no Nelson Eddy in sight...
21 May 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

MGM probably wanted to give their singing sweetheart a break from doing every film with her usual co-star, baritone NELSON EDDY. So, they put her in this mess of a musical just to keep her busy. Her most ardent fans probably won't complain because she does get to sing rather nicely, but the story is--well, a mess with the usual contrived ending that lacks conviction, or any sense of reality.

JEANETTE MacDONALD is a lovely singer with an aspiring song writer for a husband (LEW AYRES, taking a break from his Dr. Kildare chores). The two of them are facing a marriage on the skids because she's getting more popular while his star is fading--until he can write his great concerto for the finale.

It's all old hat with even the presence of FRANK MORGAN and IAN HUNTER not enough to ensure anything approaching solid entertainment.

The Busby Berkeley staged concerto is totally inappropriate and ends the film on a low note.

Summing up: At your own risk.


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