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Broadway Hostess (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 7 December 1935 (USA)
A woman becomes a successful singer, but can't do as well in love.

Director:

Frank McDonald

Writer:

George Bricker (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Wini Shaw ... Winnie (as Winifred Shaw)
Genevieve Tobin ... Iris
Lyle Talbot ... Lucky
Allen Jenkins ... Fishcake
Phil Regan ... Tommy
Marie Wilson ... Dorothy
Spring Byington ... Mrs. Duncan-Griswald-Wembly-Smythe
Joe King ... Big Joe Jarvis (as Joseph King)
Donald Ross Donald Ross ... Ronnie Marvin
Frank Dawson ... Morse - Iris' Butler
Harry Seymour Harry Seymour ... Club Intime Emcee
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Storyline

Winnie Wharton gets an audition to sing at the Intime nightclub at the urging of Ted "Lucky" Lorimer, and with Tommy Blake as her pianist, she becomes a big hit. Tommy falls in love with her, but because he senses she fell for Lucky, who became her manager, he remains silent. Lucky says he doesn't want to get married, but he actually has his sights on rich socialite Iris Marvin, who rejects him. Feeling that her refusal was because of the difference in their wealth, Lucky opens up a gambling house to get rich. When Iris' brother loses $30,000 gambling, he steals Iris' jewels to pay his debt to Lucky, who is then arrested for robbery when the theft is reported to the police. But Iris' butler, Morse, saw Ronnie steal the jewels and tells Iris, who bails Lucky out and then marries him. Meanwhile, Winnie gave all her money to a crooked lawyer to get Lucky out of jail, but the lawyer skips town so she can't recover the money. When Lucky hears this, he secretly backs a show for Winnie to ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Red hot rhythm...against a background of Broadway night life!


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

7 December 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esperanças Perdidas See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The airplane shown as taking Lucky and Iris on their honeymoon is a 1933 Boeing 247D, registration NC13334, flown by United Airlines. See more »

Soundtracks

Playboy of Paree
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Allie Wrubel
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Sung by Wini Shaw in a Revue
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A Broadway Bore
27 November 1998 | by chris-48See all my reviews

What promises to be a light "rags-to-riches" musical-comedy, quickly devolves into a tedious melodrama. The script is weak, the characters drab, the editing choppy and most of the performances wooden. The picture comes to life only when Allen Jenkins' cocky "Fishcake" is on screen; his scene on a runaway horse sets an energetic pace that the rest of the film would have done well to emulate.


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