Broadway Rhythm

Broadway Rhythm

Director: Roy Del Ruth

Cast: George Murphy, Ginny Simms, Charles Winninger

     
 

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The plot of the overinflated MGM musical Broadway Rhythm can be summed up briefly: Musical comedy producer Jonnie Demming (George Murphy) dismisses his vaudevillian dad Sam Demming (Charles Winninger) as old-fashioned. Jonnie signs Hollywood star Helen Hoyt (Ginny Simms) to a Broadway show, but she turns it down. Sam saves the day by dredging up an old script…  See more details below

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The plot of the overinflated MGM musical Broadway Rhythm can be summed up briefly: Musical comedy producer Jonnie Demming (George Murphy) dismisses his vaudevillian dad Sam Demming (Charles Winninger) as old-fashioned. Jonnie signs Hollywood star Helen Hoyt (Ginny Simms) to a Broadway show, but she turns it down. Sam saves the day by dredging up an old script he'd done in summer stock-which, of course, Helen agrees to play. All of this can be forgotten, and in fact will be forgotten, once the film's parade of "guest stars" gets under way. Such stage and screen luminaries as Lena Horne, Ben Blue, Nancy Walker, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Hazel Scott and Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra make up for the narrative banalities with such musical numbers as Gershwin's "Somebody Loves Me" and Jerome Kern's "All the Things You Are.""

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All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Everything but the studio canteen's kitchen sink is crammed into this musical hodge-podge, which reportedly was designed for the tap-dancing Eleanor Powell. But someone high up in MGM's executive wing wanted instead to showcase his girlfriend and Powell was summarily replaced by band singer Ginny Simms. Although a pleasant enough vocalist, Simms was no dancer, an unfortunate handicap considering that her leading man was hoofer George Murphy. Hence the appearance of a seemingly endless series of specialty acts ranging from Lena Horne to the dancing Russ Sisters to impressionist Dean Murphy. Throw in a very young Nancy Walker, who does full justice to a ditty called "Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet," and it should come as no surprise that Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's 1939 Broadway hit Very Warm for May, of which Broadway Rhythm was ostensibly based, tends to disappear in the general din.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2009
UPC:
0883316163467
Original Release:
1944
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:54:00
Sales rank:
30,293

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Murphy Johnnie Damming
Ginny Simms Helen Hoyt
Charles Winninger Sam Damming
Gloria DeHaven Patsy Damming
Lena Horne Fernway de la Fer
Nancy Walker Trixie Simpson
Ben Blue Felix Gross
Eddie "Rochester" Anderson Eddie
Dean Murphy Hired Man
Louis Mason Farmer
Bunny Waters Bunnie
Walter Long Doug Kelly
Sidney Blackmer Actor
Kenny Bowers Ray Kent
Hazel Scott Herself
Ross Sisters Maggie, Aggie and Elmira
Tommy Dorsey & His Band Actor

Technical Credits
Roy Del Ruth Director
Albert Akst Editor
Harry Clark Screenwriter
Jack Cummings Producer
Tommy Dorsey Score Composer
Johnny Green Score Composer
Oscar Hammerstein Screenwriter
Jerome Kern Screenwriter
Dorothy Kingsley Screenwriter
Jack McGowan Screenwriter
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
Leonard Smith Cinematographer
Gile Steele Costumes/Costume Designer
Kay Thompson Arranger

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