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Babes on Broadway (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | January 1942 (USA)
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Tommy Williams desperately wants to get to Broadway, but as he is only singing in a spaghetti house for tips he is a long way off. He meets Penny Morris, herself no mean singer, and through... See full summary »

Director:

Busby Berkeley

Writers:

Fred F. Finklehoffe (original story) (as Fred Finklehoffe), Fred F. Finklehoffe (screen play) (as Fred Finklehoffe) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mickey Rooney ... Tommy Williams
Judy Garland ... Penny Morris
Fay Bainter ... Miss Jones
Virginia Weidler ... Barbara Jo
Ray McDonald ... Ray Lambert
Richard Quine ... Morton Hammond
Donald Meek ... Mr. Stone
Alexander Woollcott Alexander Woollcott ... Alexander Woollcott
Luis Alberni ... Nick
James Gleason ... Thornton Reed
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Williams
Frederick Burton ... Mr. Morris
Cliff Clark ... Inspector Moriarity
William Post Jr. ... Announcer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carl Stockdale ... Man (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Tommy Williams desperately wants to get to Broadway, but as he is only singing in a spaghetti house for tips he is a long way off. He meets Penny Morris, herself no mean singer, and through her gets the idea to promote a show to send orphaned children on a country holiday. But he is only using the kids to get on himself, which Penny soon realises. With his romance off, an engagement in Philadelphia he can't get to, and, indeed, war in Europe, life can be difficult. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Mickey's impersonation of Carmen Miranda is a riot! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Débuts à Broadway See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$940,068 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Mary Jane Gumm AKA Suzy Cathcart, Judy Garland's eldest sister, can be briefly seen singing and dancing in the chorus at the beginning of the "Hoe Down" number (on the left side of the television screen). She had distinctively different features from her two more similar-looking, younger sisters - more brunette with a longer, angular face - and it is clearly her if you compare the numerous pictures taken of the sisters around this period. See more »

Goofs

As the kids are dancing to "Farmer in the Dell" at the block party, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, and Virginia Weidler can be seen dancing at the front of the group. As it ends, there is a cut to Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland applauding for the kids as they stand up on the stage. They are quickly joined by Virginia Weidler, who had been standing behind them. See more »

Quotes

Tommy 'Tom' Williams: Will ya sing me a song?
Penny Morris: How do you know I can?
Tommy 'Tom' Williams: Because you sing when you talk. When you walk. Why your eyes, why their singing right now
Penny Morris: They are? Well I'll be darned
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Alternate Versions

Some older television prints of the film delete the minstrel show finale. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Chin Up, Cheerio, Carry On
(uncredited)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Sung by Judy Garland and the St. Luke Choristers
Contains portions of "Rule Britannia"
Music by Thomas Augustine Arne
Lyrics by James Thomson
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Mickey Rooney - A Talent Unsurpassed and Unappreciated
7 August 2005 | by prosper54-1See all my reviews

To get an idea of just how talented a performer Mickey Rooney is, watch his banjo playing in the movie's final number, The Robert E. Lee. At first you may think he's just going through the motions, but he's actually playing the banjo for the last 3 minutes of the movie. His dance numbers are also superb.He was at the height of his popularity when this 1941 movie came out, the #1 Box Office Male Star for 6 years in a row. To say this movie is too sugary, is a cheap shot and you must put it into perspective of when it was made. (The black face number at the end was far from sugary). Rooney dances and imitates Cagney in Yankee Doodle; He does a perfect impersonation of Carmen Miranda in another number and the finale is worth the price of admission. Corny, yes. Talented? precisely.


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