The Broadway Melody

The Broadway Melody

Anita Page
Director: Harry Beaumont Cast: Anita Page
Anita Page
, Bessie Love
Bessie Love
, Charles King
Charles King
Harry Beaumont

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This landmark MGM backstage musical of the early sound era about broken dreams on the Great White Way features a bevy of standards by the songwriting team of Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown. Freed later became unit producer of the legendary Freed Unit at MGM, which is the reason many of the tunes from "Broadway Melody" --""You Were Meant For Me"," "Broadway Melody," ""The Wedding of the Painted Doll""-- later appeared in Freed's seminal MGM musical Singin' in the Rain. The nominal story concerns midwestern sister act The Mahoney Sisters --Queenie (Anita Page) and Hank (Bessie Love)-- who come to New York to try to make it big on Broadway. Hank's song-and-dance man boyfriend Eddie (Charles King) has promised the gals a part in the new Broadway revue in which he is soon to appear. When Hank and Queenie come to see him, Hank is pleasantly surprised at the way Queenie has filled out. Soon enough, Eddie is making advances to Queenie. Queenie is attracted to Eddie too, but she doesn't want to steal her sister's boyfriend. So she Queenie takes up with a lecherous playboy, leaving it to Hank to put all the confused love relationships in perspective.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2018
UPC: 0888574771461
Original Release: 1929
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:40:00
Sales rank: 28,563

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anita Page Queenie Mahoney
Bessie Love Hank Mahoney
Charles King Eddie Kearns
Jed Prouty Uncle Jed
Ken Thomson Jock Warriner
Edward Dillon Stage Manager
Mary Doran Flo
Eddie Kane Francis Zanfield
J.E. Beck Bebe Hatrick
Marshall Ruth Stew
Drew Demarest Turpe
Nacio Herb Brown Pianist
Ray Cooke Bellhop
James Gleason Music Publisher
Charles King Bibby Eddie Kearns
Angella Mawby Actor
Claudine Mawby Actor
Claudette Mawby Actor

Technical Credits
Harry Beaumont Director
John Arnold Cinematographer
Nacio Herb Brown Score Composer
David Cox Costumes/Costume Designer
George Cunningham Choreography
Arthur Freed Score Composer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
James Gleason Screenwriter
Edmund Goulding Original Story
Norman Houston Screenwriter
Sarah Y. Mason Screenwriter
Harry Rapf Producer
William Le Vanway Editor
Sam S. Zimbalist Editor

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