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Two Girls on Broadway (1940)

Passed | | Musical, Romance | 19 April 1940 (USA)
Eddie sells his song to a Broadway producer and also lands a job dancing in the musical. He sends for his dance partner-fiancée Molly who brings her younger sister Pat. Upon seeing Molly ... See full summary »

Director:

S. Sylvan Simon

Writers:

Joseph Fields (screen play), Jerome Chodorov (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lana Turner ... Pat Mahoney
Joan Blondell ... Molly Mahoney
George Murphy ... Eddie Kerns
Kent Taylor ... 'Chat' Chatsworth
Richard Lane ... Buddy Bartell
Wallace Ford ... Jed Marlowe
Otto Yamaoka ... Ito (as Otto Hahn)
Lloyd Corrigan ... Judge
Don Wilson ... Announcer
Charles Wagenheim Charles Wagenheim ... Bartell's Assistant
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Eddie sells his song to a Broadway producer and also lands a job dancing in the musical. He sends for his dance partner-fiancée Molly who brings her younger sister Pat. Upon seeing Molly and Pat dance, the producer picks Pat for the show and gives Molly a job selling cigarettes. A wealthy friend of the Producer named Chad, also has is eye on Pat. Pat is teamed with Eddie in the specialty number as Kerns and Mahoney. Pat and Eddie soon realize that they are in love and must tell Molly. Pat balks at hurting Molly and goes out with Chad who already has five ex-wives. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Musical | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Choose Your Partner See more »

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Budget:

$427,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was barely successful at the box office, earning MGM a profit of only $12,000 ($209,000 in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

When Molly wakes Pat up at 11:30 to get to a noon rehearsal, Pat throws the bed covers off herself twice. See more »

Quotes

Pat Mahoney: [Showing off her nails] Look, how do you like 'em? Its that new shade of Campbell Red all those glamour girls are wearing.
Molly Mahoney: Swell. Slip into this. Maybe it'll look better on you than it did on the ironing board.
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Featured in Memories of Oz (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

My Wonderful One Let's Dance
(1940)
Written by Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed and Roger Edens
Placed on piano, sung and danced by George Murphy (uncredited)
Reprised with George Murphy (uncredited) and Lana Turner (uncredited) dancing
Reprised again with George Murphy (uncredited) singing
Played as background often
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An old fashioned story that is a bit better than the original.
24 October 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Two Girls on Broadway" is a remake of "Broadway Melody". Considering that "Broadway Melody" was such an early musical (with rather primitive sound) it's not surprising that the studio would remake the film.

The film begins with a young singer/songwriter (George Murphy) getting discovered. However, Eddie's a regular guy and he's sure to not only take this great job but make sure there's a job for his old sweetie, Molly (Joan Blondell), and her kid-sister, Pat (Lana Turner). Unfortunately, when Molly and Pat try out for the show, the producers like Pat but have no use for Molly. Molly, however, insists that Pat take the job and they give Molly a job as a cigarette girl. Now Pat and Eddie are poised for stardom...but what about nice-girl Molly? And what about Pat? The lecherous producer might just have his eyes on her...as does Eddie!

So is the film any good? Well, it's pleasant and enjoyable--and with a few amazing sets which hark back to the original "Broadway Melody". As for the story, it is a bit old fashioned but the actors did a nice job and managed to make it work. Also, Blondell's character, Molly, is a HUGE improvement over the original film in which 'Hank' is very unlikable--whereas here, Molly is much more likable and you can understand Pat and Eddie's concerns about her--which makes the plot make more sense. Overall, not a great musical by any stretch but enjoyable if you like the genre and a slight improvement over the original.

By the way, I did have to laugh about the subplot in the film where Eddie and Molly are worried that sweet, innocent Pat might get seduced by the playboy producer--a man who's been married several times. Lana Turner (Pat) in real life was married eight times (one of the husbands she married twice), so these concerns seemed a bit silly.


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