Lullaby of Broadway

The Lullaby of Broadway

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Director: David Butler, Doris Day, Gene Nelson, S.Z. Sakall

Cast: David Butler, Doris Day, Gene Nelson, S.Z. Sakall

     
 

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Warner Bros. made good use of its backlog of Harry Warren/Al Dubin tunes in its 1951 Doris Day musical Lullaby of Broadway. Day plays an American musical comedy star who comes back from a successful London engagement to visit her mother Gladys George. A once-great Broadway star herself, George is now living in drunken poverty, but this fact has been carefully

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Warner Bros. made good use of its backlog of Harry Warren/Al Dubin tunes in its 1951 Doris Day musical Lullaby of Broadway. Day plays an American musical comedy star who comes back from a successful London engagement to visit her mother Gladys George. A once-great Broadway star herself, George is now living in drunken poverty, but this fact has been carefully hidden from Day by lovable millionaire S.Z. Sakall, who lives in the mansion once owned by Ms. George. Sakall arranges for George to pretend to still be the lady of the manor and to host a party in Day's honor. During the reception, love blooms between Day and Broadway hoofer Gene Nelson. There are several breakups and reconciliations involving a number of characters before the big-money finale. While the musical highlights in Lullaby of Broadway are consummately produced, the script (based on a story by Earl Baldwin) occasionally falls flat, especially when striving for laughs. The best comic bit is a throwaway: Sakall enjoys a nocturnal bottle of beer, which in closeup is advertised as "The Beer That Made Cincinnati Famous" -- Cincinnati being, of course, Doris Day's home town.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Most musicals live or die by their musical numbers, and this is especially true with The Lullaby of Broadway. Not that Lullaby doesn't have a story; there's plenty of plot here, but not really any plot development. Instead, the details of the plot are dispensed within as few lines as possible, to make room for the next big socko number. This skimpy approach also leads to a lack of character development, which would be less of a problem if the songs were geared toward filling in the blanks. Instead, they're mostly geared toward entertaining the viewer -- and Lullaby is lucky that the songs do this so darn well! From the title song to "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone" to "Somebody Loves Me," there's nary a clunker in the bunch. And since they're performed by the delectable Doris Day and the affable Gene Nelson, most viewers will be willing to forgive Lullaby its many shortcomings. Certainly Day is in top form, loaded with charm and innocence and full of delightful voice, and Nelson, Gladys George, S. Z. Sakall, and the rest of the cast provide wonderful support. For totally mindless entertainment, Lullaby is choice.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2014
UPC:
0888574099374
Original Release:
1951
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
4,321

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Doris Day Melinda Howard
Gene Nelson Tom Farnham
S.Z. Sakall Adolph Hubbell
Billy DeWolfe "Lefty" Mack
Gladys George Jessica Howard
Florence Bates Mrs. Hubbell
Anne Triola Gloria Davis
Hanley Stafford George Ferndel
Jimmy Aubrey Steward
Herschel Daugherty Sidney
Hans Herbert Headwaiter
Donald Kerr Driver
Philo McCullough Waiter
Charles Williams Reporter
De Mattiazas Specialty Act
Page Cavanaugh Trio Himself
Murray Alper Joe the bartender
Elizabeth Flournoy Secretary
Bess Flowers Passenger on Ship
Sheldon Jett Gus
Edith Leslie Nurse
Arlyn Roberts Blonde showgirl

Technical Credits
David Butler Director
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Douglas Bacon Art Director
Earl W. Baldwin Original Story,Screenwriter
Wilfrid M. Cline Cinematographer
Ray Heindorf Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
William Jacobs Producer
Stan Jones Sound/Sound Designer
Irene Morra Editor
LeRoy J. Prinz Choreography
Eddie Prinz Choreography
Lyle B. Reifsnider Set Decoration/Design
Al White Choreography

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