Two Tickets to Broadway

Overview

Personally supervised by Howard R. Hughes, the RKO Technicolor musical Two Tickets to Broadway stars Janet Leigh as a small-town girl who hopes to make it big in the Big Apple. Moving into a Manhattan boarding house populated by such showbiz hopefuls as Ann Miller, Tony Martin, Gloria De Haven and Barbara Lawrence, Leigh aspires to appear on the popular TV variety program hosted by bandleader Bob Crosby. Two-bit agent Eddie Bracken promises to make her dreams come true, even though he doesn't know Crosby from ...
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Overview

Personally supervised by Howard R. Hughes, the RKO Technicolor musical Two Tickets to Broadway stars Janet Leigh as a small-town girl who hopes to make it big in the Big Apple. Moving into a Manhattan boarding house populated by such showbiz hopefuls as Ann Miller, Tony Martin, Gloria De Haven and Barbara Lawrence, Leigh aspires to appear on the popular TV variety program hosted by bandleader Bob Crosby. Two-bit agent Eddie Bracken promises to make her dreams come true, even though he doesn't know Crosby from Adam. Along the way, Leigh falls for Martin, though the course of true love seldom runs smooth--in fact, at one point it threatens to run all the way back to Leigh's home town. Injecting their time-honored routines into the proceedings are veteran vaudevillians Joe Smith and Charlie Dale, playing a couple of stagestruck deli owners their roles were originally slated for Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, but Laurel's illness precluded any film work. Despite the creative input of choreographer Busby Berkeley, the film's best number is the simplest: "Let's Make Comparisons," wherein Bob Crosby explains why he's not his brother Bing. Seemingly a surefire box-office hit, Two Tickets to Broadway inexplicably posted a loss of $1,150,000.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Some movies, frequently musicals, prove good entertainment in spite of their scripts, and Two Tickets to Broadway is one such film. Like so many other "tuners" of the period, Tickets is content to take an old hat story line, throw in some bits and pieces of snappy dialogue and some much longer stretches of strictly by-the-book conversation, take some sudden detours from the plot in order to work in a specialty or two, and generally fill time until the next musical number is ready. This can often lead to tedium, but for some reason Tickets manages to avoid this trap and to be quite engaging. A viewer is never for a minute unaware that he's watching "the same old thing," but there's enough spark here from the cast and the director so that most viewers will shrug and give the little musical the benefit of the doubt. Granted, most viewers' patience will be tried whenever Eddie Bracken is around; he's stuck with some of the screenplay's most annoying material. But a vivacious and perky Janet Leigh and a silken voiced (if undeniably stuff) Tony Martin help to make up for Bracken's "comedy." And there's also the gorgeous Gloria de Haven and the dancing tigress called Ann Miller to provide further fuel. Throw in a bit of classic comedy from Smith and Dale and a very fun turn from Bob Crosby, plus some nifty sets and costumes, and the result is a pleasing, pleasant way to pass the time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2011
  • UPC: 883316359709
  • Original Release: 1951
  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Remastered
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 39,404

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tony Martin Dan Carter
Janet Leigh Nancy Peterson
Gloria de Haven Hannah Holbrook
Eddie Bracken Lew Conway
Ann Miller Joyce Campbell
Bob Crosby Himself
Barbara Lawrence S.F. "Foxy" Rogers
Joe Smith Harry
Charles Dale Leo
Taylor Holmes Willard Glendon
Buddy Baer Sailor
Joan Arnold Secretary
Joan Barton
Larry Barton Waiter
Carol Brewster
Kathleen Case
Jean Corbett
Mara Corday
Billy Curtis Midget
Lester Dorr
Jimmie Dundee Doorman
Jane Easton
Joan Evans
Jack Gargan Dispatcher
Vincent Graeff Cheerleader
Jerry Hausner Agent
Ralph Hodges
Marilyn Johnson
Lola Kendrick
Anne Kimbell Western Union Girl
Lucy Knoch
Mona Knox
Mike Lally
Joi Lansing Redhead
Barbara Logan
George Nader
Kathleen O'Malley
Anne O'Neal
Garry Owen Man
Joel Robinson
Joan Shawlee
Smith & Dale
Libby Taylor Maid
Marie Thomas Girl
Sid Tomack Bus Driver
Lillian West Old Lady
Joan Whitney
Linda Williams Brunette
Norval Mitchell Mr. Peterson
Claudette Thornton
Hazel Shaw
Pat Hall
June McCall
Georgia Clancy
Barbara Thatcher
Shirley Buchanan
Joanne Frank
Mary Ellen Gleason
Evelyn Lovequist
Ann Zika Blonde
Herman Cantor
Shirley Tegge
Rosalee Calvert
Shirley Whitney
Gwen Caldwell
Barbara Freking
Eileen Coghlan
Miles Shepard
Michael Pierce Hot Rod Passenger
Suzanne Ames Beautiful Girl
Frieda Stoll Wardrobe Woman
Helen Spring Mrs. Peterson
John Gallaudet McGiven
Isabel Randolph Housekeeper
John Sheehan Desk clerk
Donald MacBride Bus Terminal Guard
Don Blackman Porter
Vera Miles Chorus girl
Bob Thom
Mamie Van Doren
The Charlivels
Technical Credits
James Kern Director
Busby Berkeley Choreography
Mel Berns Sr. Makeup
Mel Burns Makeup
Sammy Cahn Original Story
Carroll Clark Art Director
Edward J. Cronjager Cinematographer
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Howard R. Hughes Producer
Hal Kanter Screenwriter
Norman Krasna Producer
Harry Marker Editor
Harley Miller Set Decoration/Design
Leo Robin Score Composer
Walter Scharf Score Composer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Sid Silvers Screenwriter
Jule Stein Score Composer
Jerry Wald Producer
Harry J. Wild Cinematographer
Michael Woulfe Costumes/Costume Designer
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