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Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)

Passed | | Musical | 9 February 1940 (USA)
Johnny Brett and King Shaw are an unsuccessful dance team in New York. A producer discovers Brett as the new partner for Clare Bennett, but Brett, who thinks he is one of the people they lent money to gives him the name of his partner.

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writers:

Leon Gordon (screen play), George Oppenheimer (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Johnny Brett
Eleanor Powell ... Clare Bennett
George Murphy ... King Shaw
Frank Morgan ... Bob Casey
Ian Hunter ... Bert C. Matthews
Florence Rice ... Amy Blake
Lynne Carver ... Emmy Lou Lee
Ann Morriss ... Pearl
Trixie Firschke ... Juggler
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Johnny Brett and King Shaw are an unsuccessful dance team in New York. A producer discovers Brent as the new partner for Clare Bennett, but Brett, who thinks he is one of the people they lent money to gives him the name of his partner. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Eleanor Powell - Fred Astaire - In The Finest Broadway Melody Of Them All See more »

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

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Trivia

The screenplay was based on a story by Jack McGowan and Dore Schary. Schary would go on to become head of MGM in the 1950s. See more »

Goofs

When Johnny substitutes for King at the last minute, the costume fits the much smaller Johnny perfectly. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Brett: [singing] So, move Grant's Tomb to Union Square / and put Brooklyn anywhere / but please, please / I'm down on my knees / don't monkey with Broadway!
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Connections

Referenced in La La Land (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played as the bride walks through Dawnland
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Fred Astaire joins the "Broadway" titles for the best film in the series...
1 January 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

When ELEANOR POWELL and FRED ASTAIRE do their glittering "Begin the Beguine" number on a polished black-mirror floor wearing white outfits and tapping their way through a jazzed up version of the song, they can do no wrong. It's clearly the highlight of the whole musical and well worth waiting for. In fact, it's more than that--it's an iconic musical moment.

The story involves a slight case of mistaken identity that has to be straightened out before Powell can see that FRED ASTAIRE is the man she loves, not GEORGE MURPHY. Poor George always had the secondary role in these things--even with all that talent. It's reminiscent of the treatment he got in FOR ME AND MY GAL with Judy Garland being won by Gene Kelly instead of Murphy.

The reason for the high rating is simply this--FRED ASTAIRE and ELEANOR POWELL are without a doubt two of the greatest talents in the musical genre and their "Begin the Beguine" is the show stopper of show stoppers. Unforgettable.

Nothing else really matters, except to mention that their "Juke Box Dance" is also a treat to watch. Powell really excelled as a solo performer but when she and Astaire do manage to do a duo together it's well worth watching.

The genial supporting cast includes FRANK MORGAN at his blustery best and the lovely FLORENCE RICE, who appeared in quite a few of MGM's "A" films before disappearing from the screen.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadway Melody of 1940 See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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