Broadway Melody of 1938

Broadway Melody of 1938

Robert Taylor
Director: Roy Del Ruth Cast: Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor
, Eleanor Powell
Eleanor Powell
, George Murphy
George Murphy
Roy Del Ruth

DVD (Full Frame)

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This third entry in MGM's "Broadway Melody" series may not have been the biggest or best, but thanks to a masterpiece of casting it is one of the most memorable of the batch. Signed by MGM in 1935, 15-year-old Judy Garland made her first feature-film appearance under the aegis of Leo the Lion, immediately capturing the hearts of moviegoers everywhere by singing "You Made Me Love You" to a photograph of Clark Gable (a sequence that has since been excerpted countless times in TV and movie documentaries). She later shares a song-and-dance number with gangly Buddy Ebsen, making an impressive entrance in a white midget car (Ebsen would later be cast as the Tin Man in Judy's The Wizard of Oz, only to be replaced by Jack Haley when he fell ill during shooting). The presence of Garland, coupled with several superlative dance solos by Eleanor Powell and a spectacular musical finale, tends to make one forget about the plot, which has something to do with a racehorse owned by heroine Sally Lee (Powell). The horse wins the Grand Steeplechase, the prize money is poured into the stage production previously bankrolled by Steve Raleigh (Robert Taylor), and the Show Goes On. Movies fans of the 1930s with long memories were gratified to see such old vaudeville favorites as Sophie Tucker and Willie Howard in the cast, even if their material wasn't quite up to standard. Interestingly, one of the best comic turns is performed by "professional sneezer" Robert Wildhack -- leaving another famed movie sneezer, Billy Gilbert, with virtually nothing to do! On the other hand, Robert Benchley is his usual droll self, managing to score a comic bullseye despite all the lavish and noisy competition around him. Broadway Melody of 1938 was followed by a 1940 sequel, distinguished by the "challenge dance" between returnee Eleanor Powell and Fred Astaire.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/14/2020
UPC: 0883929713233
Original Release: 1937
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:52:00
Sales rank: 23,572

Special Features

Oscar-Winning Short That Mothers Might Live ; Classic Cartoon Pipe Dreams; Audio-Only Bonuses:? Outtake Songs,; Alternate Audio Cues, Good News of 1938 Radio Program and Leo Is on the Air Radio Promo; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Taylor Steve Raleigh
Eleanor Powell Sally Lee
George Murphy Sonny Ledford
Binnie Barnes Caroline Whipple
Buddy Ebsen Peter Trot
Judy Garland Betty Clayton
Sophie Tucker Alice Clayton
Charles Igor Gorin Nicki Papaloopas
Raymond Walburn Herman Whipple
Robert Benchley Duffy
Willie Howard The Waiter
Charles Grapewin James K. Blakeley
Robert Wildhack The Sneezer
Billy Gilbert George Papaloopas
Barnett Parker Jerry Jason
Helen Troy Emma Snipe
Carole Landis Bit Part

Technical Credits
Roy Del Ruth Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Nacio Herb Brown Score Composer
Jack Cummings Producer
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Arthur Freed Score Composer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
David Gould Choreography
Jack McGowan Screenwriter
Blanche Sewell Editor
Sid Silvers Screenwriter
George Stoll Musical Direction/Supervision

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Broadway Melody of 1938
255. Scene Selections
1. Credits [1:47]
2. The Toreador Song [5:01]
3. Enthusiastic Backers [3:18]
4. Horse Sense [3:36]
5. Stowaway [2:25]
6. Follow In My Footsteps [5:20]
7. She's My Sister [2:10]
8. Yours and Mine [4:00]
9. An Unknown in the Lead [4:08]
10. Everybody Sing [5:18]
11. Show Business Luck [2:46]
12. To the Dogs [1:37]
13. The Sneezer [5:21]
14. Rules for the New Star [3:24]
15. Some of These Days [3:17]
16. Horse Auction [3:07]
17. Working for Sally [3:28]
18. I'm Feelin' Like A Million [5:48]
19. The Papaloopas Problem [3:29]
20. Largo al Factotum [2:09]
21. Consulting Emma Snipe [1:33]
22. Dear Mr. Gable [5:17]
23. The Backer Backs Out [4:11]
24. The Star Backs Out [2:14]
25. No for an Answer [2:57]
26. Feedbagged [1:40]
27. Bad Breaks [3:17]
28. Saratoga Success [3:28]
29. Your Broadway and My Broadway: Powell/Murphy [3:23]
30. Your Broadway and My Broadway; Garland/Ebsen [1:08]
31. Your Broadway and My Broadway [3:06]
32. Follow in My Footsteps (2) [2:45]
33. Broadway Rhythm and Finale [2:57]
34. Cast List [:46]

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