The Barkleys of Broadway

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The Barkleys of Broadway became Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' "reunion" picture purely by accident. Originally conceived as a follow-up to the successful Astaire-Judy Garland vehicle Easter Parade, Barkleys was to have starred Fred and Judy as a successful musical comedy team that breaks up when the female half decides to become a "serious" artist. Just before shooting started, Garland fell ill, Rogers replaced her, and the rest, as they say, is history. The script is as thin as a spider's web, a mere coat-rack...
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The Barkleys of Broadway became Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' "reunion" picture purely by accident. Originally conceived as a follow-up to the successful Astaire-Judy Garland vehicle Easter Parade, Barkleys was to have starred Fred and Judy as a successful musical comedy team that breaks up when the female half decides to become a "serious" artist. Just before shooting started, Garland fell ill, Rogers replaced her, and the rest, as they say, is history. The script is as thin as a spider's web, a mere coat-rack upon which to hang several topnotch musical numbers. Fred and Ginger aren't quite as footloose and fancy-free as they were in their RKO heyday, but they still work together seamlessly. The film's highlights include "My One and Only Highland Fling," "You'd Be Hard to Replace," a reprise of "They Can't Take That Away From Me" originally performed by Astaire and Rogers in Shall We Dance?, and Oscar Levant's keyboard rendition of "The Sabre Dance." The film's least memorable moment is the play-within-a-play wherein Rogers, cast as the young Sarah Bernhardt, passionately recites "The Marseillaise" as an audition piece!
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Special Features

Closed Caption; New featruette reunited: Astaire and Rogers together again; Vintage shor Annie Was a Wonder; Classic Droopy Cartonn Wagt to Riches; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Feature film only)
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers went out with a bang in The Barkleys of Broadway, and if it's not the big explosion that they deserved, it's still more than serviceable. Barkleys' biggest assets, of course, are the stars themselves, who have lost none of their luster or, more importantly, their chemistry despite the ten years separating Barkleys from their earlier classics. Indeed, for those who simply want to watch this incomparable pair and do not care about the vehicle, there is plenty to relish: the incomparable way in which they bicker, the ease with which they fall back into each other's arms, a delightfully outlandish Scottish pastiche, a sparkling swing trot to open the proceedings, a typically brilliant Astaire solo with a half-dozen pairs of dancing shoes, and a graceful, sensuous, slightly melancholic "They Can't Take That Away From Me." These elements pack a great deal of punch; whether they pack enough to make up for Betty Comden and Adolph Green's so-so screenplay is another question. Part of the problem is that the basic setup -- musical comedy star attempts a bio of Sarah Bernhardt -- is the kind of situation that Comden and Green are so adept at spoofing, but they're asked to play it straight here. They can't quite do it, so there's always a hint that the situation is going to turn satirical, but it never does -- though the audition sequence does become unintentionally funny. Still, fans of the stars will definitely find the film's flaws to be minor, and even those who feel more strongly about those flaws will probably be won over by this last pairing of the cinema's greatest dance team.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2005
  • UPC: 012569673793
  • Original Release: 1949
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred Astaire John Barkley
Ginger Rogers Dinah Barkley
Oscar Levant Ezra Miller
Billie Burke Mrs. Livingston Belney
Gale Robbins Shirlene May
Jacques Francois Jacques Barredout
George Zucco The Judge
Clinton Sundberg Bert Felsher
Inez Cooper Pamela Driscoll
Carol Brewster Gloria Amboy
Wilson Wood Larry
Jean Andren First Woman
Laura Treadwell Second Woman
Margaret Bert Mary the Maid
Allen Wood Taxi Driver
Forbes Murray Guest in Theater Lobby
Bess Flowers Guest in Theater Lobby
Louis Austin Guest in Theater Lobby
Betty Blythe Guest in Theater Lobby
William Tannen Doorman at Theater
Mahlon Hamilton Apartment Doorman
Dee Turnell Blonde
Reginald Simpson Husband
Hans Conried Ladislaus Ladi
Sherry Hall Chauffeur
Frank Ferguson Mr. Perkins
Nolan Leary Stage Doorman
Esther Somers Sarah's Mother
Helen Eby-Rock Sarah's Aunt
Joyce Mathews Genevieve
Mary Jo Ellis Clementine
Jack Rice Ticket Man
Roger Moore First Man
Wilbur Mack Guest
Larry Steers Guest
Lillian West Guest
John Albright Photographer
George Boyce Photographer
Claire Carleton Marie
Mimi Doyle Actress
Technical Credits
Charles Walters Director
Albert Akst Editor
Robert Alton Choreography
Edward C. Carfagno Art Director
Betty Comden Screenwriter
Jack Dawn Makeup
Roger Edens Associate Producer
Arthur Freed Producer
Ira Gershwin Songwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Adolph Green Screenwriter
Lennie Hayton Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Arthur Krams Set Decoration/Design
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Hermes Pan Choreography
Irving G. Ries Animator
Douglas Shearer Sound/Sound Designer
Sidney Sheldon Screenwriter
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Irene Valles Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Warren Score Composer, Songwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Wallace Worsley Sr. Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Barkley of Broadway
1. The Swing Trot Credits [2:04]
2. Where Credit Is Due [4:23]
3. Out In the Cold [4:55]
4. Sabre Dance [3:20]
5. Love and Thrown Objects [4:46]
6. You'd Be Hard to Replace [2:06]
7. The Understudy [3:24]
8. Bouncin' the Blues [2:13]
9. Pancake Portrait [3:31]
10. Mu One and Only Highland Fling [7:41]
11. A Weekend in the Country [2:51]
12. Not Right for the Part [4:49]
13. The Wet and the Unwell [4:45]
14. Battling Barkleys [3:46]
15. Shoes With Wings On [7:52]
16. Completely Resistable [2:38]
17. Misunderstood [1:27]
18. Redirected [2:05]
19. Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 [4:41]
20. They Can't Take That Away From Me [7:36]
21. Thanks for the Dance [5:05]
22. Vive Le Dinah [3:03]
23. Too Late? [5:22]
24. Hold the Phone [2:53]
25. You'd Be Hard to Replace Reprise [3:18]
26. A Little Torture [2:22]
27. Manhattan Downbeat [2:16]
28. Cast List [2:54]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Barkley of Broadway
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Reunited: Astaire and Rogers Together Again
      Annie Was a Wonder
      Wags to Riches
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English
      Spoken Language: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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