The Broadway Melody (1929)

HARRY BEAUMONT

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1929.  .  Story by , continuity by , dialogue by , . Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1928/1929.  

The first talkie to win the Best Picture Academy Award, this film has two Broadway-hopeful sisters who want to make “the big time”, but have to contend with lovelorn men, jealous men, and show business leeches before making it to the top. Bessie Love gives a fantastic performance as the more concerned of the two sisters (you can tell because she has dark hair), who tries to keep her kid sis () in tow but finds it difficult. The musical numbers are a pip even though the story really drags, but all in all it is a curiosity worth taking a look at, if only for its historical significance. The success of the film encouraged MGM to create more Broadway Melody films, the 1938 chapter being the one to introduce a little girl singer named Judy Garland.

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