The Broadway Melody

The Broadway Melody
Musical, Romance

1929

Director: Harry Beaumont Cast: Bessie Love, Anita Page, Charles King, Mary Doran (uncredited), Eddie Kane (uncredited), Jed Prouty (uncredited)

Academy Awards: Best Picture

Also Nominated For: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Bessie Love); Best Director (Harry Beaumont)

  • No official nominees had been announced this year.

I First Saw In: 2010

Synopsis: Harriet and Queenie Mahoney, a vaudeville act, come to Broadway, where their friend Eddie Kerns needs them for his number in one of Francis Zanfield’s shows.

Did You Know? A silent version was also released as many cinemas hadn’t yet acquired sound equipment.

And now a Word from the Guise:
I will admit that I didn’t hate it this time as much as I did the first time I watched it. I still found it to be superficial and nothing special. The repetition of the song “The Broadway Melody” was very annoying, even though I actually enjoyed the song; I don’t think the film can really be considered a musical, when it’s pretty much the same song being played over and over, ad nauseum. I still don’t like the film, but at least I don’t hate it anymore.

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