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Broadway Rhythm (1944)

Approved | | Family, Music | 13 April 1944 (USA)
A reluctantly retired vaudevillian clashes with his producer son who thinks his father's entertainment is passe and audiences need something more sophisticated. Meanwhile the producer's father and sister secretly produce their own show.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Harry Clork (screenplay), Oscar Hammerstein II (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Murphy ... Jonnie Demming
Ginny Simms ... Helen Hoyt
Charles Winninger ... Sam Demming
Gloria DeHaven ... Patsy Demming
Nancy Walker ... Trixie Simpson
Ben Blue ... Felix Gross
Lena Horne ... Fernway de la Fer
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Eddie
Hazel Scott Hazel Scott ... Hazel Scott
Kenny Bowers ... Ray Kent
Maggie Ross Maggie Ross ... Maggie (as The Ross Sisters)
Aggie Ross Aggie Ross ... Aggie (as The Ross Sisters)
Elmira Ross Elmira Ross ... Elmira (as The Ross Sisters)
Dean Murphy Dean Murphy ... Hired Man
Louis Mason ... Farmer
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Storyline

Broadway producer Jonnie Demming courts big-name talent for his upcoming musical show, oblivious to the talent all around him, in his family and friends. When Jonnie finally lands Hollywood star Helen Hoyt for his cast, Helen herself tries opening Jonnie's eyes to the talents of his dad and sister. But Jonnie remains adamant. Will his family and friends launch their own show, in competition with Jonnie's? Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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Genres:

Family | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Broadway Melody of 1944 See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Nightclub impressionist Dean Murphy plays the Hired Man in a barnyard scene with Nancy Walker. He impersonates several celebrities of the day in the following order: Joe E. Brown, Edgar Bergen as Charlie McCarthy then Mortimer Snerd, Clark Gable, Ronald Colman, Wendell Willkie, Bette Davis, James Stewart, Franklin D. Roosevelt and finally Anna Eleanor Roosevelt. See more »

Goofs

Impressionist Dean Murphy, impersonating Joe E. Brown, is in a barnyard sketch with Nancy Walker. His armpit sweat varies from shot to shot - very wet, a couple smalls spots, dry and wet again. See more »

Quotes

Jonnie Demming: Here we are - three weeks before the opening and we haven't got a leading lady.
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References Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

Solid Potato Salad
Written by Don Raye and Gene de Paul
Sung by Maggie Ross (uncredited), Aggie Ross (uncredited), and Elmira Ross (uncredited)
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All The Things You Are Is Salvaged
21 April 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I can hardly believe that Broadway Rhythm started out as Very Warm For May on Broadway, one of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein, II's flop musicals. A look at the biography of Jerome Kern by Gerald Bordman tells me that other than it being a backstage story, the plot of Very Warm For May and Broadway Rhythm is completely different. The character names have been changed and almost an entire new score was written for the film.

The one song retained from Kern's score is one of the best he ever wrote, All The Things You Are. It happens that way sometimes, a flop musical can yield a gem of a hit. Ginny Simms sings it beautifully.

Don Raye and Gene DePaul wrote the original songs, nothing terribly memorable. Some other material was interpolated among them my favorite George Gershwin song, Somebody Loves Me which guest star Lena Horne sings to perfection. Oddly enough the song Broadway Rhythm isn't heard here or may have wound up on the cutting room floor.

George Murphy plays a Broadway producer and son of an old time vaudeville performer Charles Winninger. Winninger thinks Murphy has gone too high hat and feels that sentimentality and schmaltz will always sell on Broadway. To prove it he and movie star Ginny Simms who Murphy is trying to get to star in a new show he's producing go out and invest their money and produce an old show that Murphy had discarded years ago.

Broadway Rhythm has a lot of good talent in the cast like Nancy Walker, Ben Blue, Hazel Scott, and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Sad that it was all wasted on a very trite backstage story.


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