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Lord Byron of Broadway
     

Lord Byron of Broadway

Director: Harry Beaumont, William Nigh

Cast: Ethelind Terry, Marion Shilling

 
Few movie "heroes" are as despicable as Roy (Charles Kaley), the leading character in the MGM musical Lord Byron of Broadway. A seedy pianist in a seedier dive, Roy aspires for the big time, getting his chance when he transforms a bunch of old love letters written to his casual sweetheart into a hit song. Once he's made a name for himself, he dumps his

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Few movie "heroes" are as despicable as Roy (Charles Kaley), the leading character in the MGM musical Lord Byron of Broadway. A seedy pianist in a seedier dive, Roy aspires for the big time, getting his chance when he transforms a bunch of old love letters written to his casual sweetheart into a hit song. Once he's made a name for himself, he dumps his "inspiration" in favor of Nancy (Marion Shilling), who becomes his vaudeville partner. As he climbs further up the show-biz ladder, Roy neglects Nancy in favor of singing star Ardis (Ethelind Terry) then throws her over when someone younger comes along. If there's any doubt by now that Roy is a thorough heel, that doubt will be erased by the scene in which he exploits the death of his best friend Joe (Cliff Edwards) by penning a maudlin "buddy" song. Only in the last few moments does Roy change his ways and become a "right guy," but even then, one has one's doubts.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
One in a long line of backstage operettas that failed to garner much interest from a musical-fatigued public, Lord Byron of Broadway remains an exercise in tedium. But it is also historically valuable as an illustration of just how tough it was to transfer Broadway stardom to the new medium of sound films. Of the entire cast only Marion Shilling and dialectician Gino Corrado found further employment in Hollywood and for the former, true stardom outside of Grade-Z Westerns proved elusive. As for Charles Kaley and Ethelind Terry, both may have been "names" to reckon with on the legitimate stage but as movie personalities they flopped on a near heroic scale. On a positive note: far from being technically ludicrous à la Singin' in the Rain's depiction of early "talkies," Lord Byron of Broadway is visually competent and no one seems distracted by the microphones. The surviving prints include two production numbers in early two-strip Technicolor.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/16/2010
UPC:
0883316234495
Original Release:
1930
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:06:00
Sales rank:
72,239

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