Broadway Melody of 1936

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Broadway Melody of 1936
PosterBroadwayMelody1936 01.jpg
original film poster
Directed by Roy Del Ruth
Produced by John W. Considine Jr.
Written by Harry W. Conn
Moss Hart
Jack McGowan
Sid Silvers
Starring Jack Benny
Eleanor Powell
Robert Taylor
Una Merkel
Frances Langford
Sid Silvers
Buddy Ebsen
Vilma Ebsen
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Cinematography Charles Rosher
Edited by Blanche Sewell
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
Running time 101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,062,000[2]
Box office $2,871,000[2]

Broadway Melody of 1936 is a musical film released by MGM in 1935.[1] In New York, the film opened at the Capitol Theatre, the site of many prestigious MGM premieres. It was a follow-up of sorts to the successful The Broadway Melody, which had been released in 1929, although, beyond the title and some music, there is no story connection with the earlier film.

The film was written by Harry W. Conn, Moss Hart, Jack McGowan and Sid Silvers. It was directed by Roy Del Ruth and starred Jack Benny, Eleanor Powell, Robert Taylor, Frances Langford, Sid Silvers, Buddy Ebsen and Vilma Ebsen. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

In an interview promoting That's Entertainment! III, Ann Miller stated that MGM was on the verge of bankruptcy at the time Broadway Melody of 1936 was made, and it, along with subsequent films starring Eleanor Powell, were so successful the company was rescued.

Plot[edit]

Irene Foster (Eleanor Powell) tries to convince her high school sweetheart Broadway producer Robert Gordon (Robert Taylor) to give her chance to star in his new musical, but he is too busy with the rich widow (June Knight) backing his show. Irene tries to show Gordon that she has the talent to succeed, but he will not hire her. Things become complicated when she begins impersonating a French dancer, who was actually the invention of a gossip columnist (Jack Benny).

Cast[edit]

Cast notes
This was Powell's first leading role, and her first film for MGM. She would appear in the next two entries in the Broadway Melody series: Broadway Melody of 1938 and Broadway Melody of 1940. (These films were not related to each other in terms of storyline.) This also marked Ebsen's film debut. Though she was dubbed in this film by Marjorie Lane, Eleanor recorded "You Are My Lucky Star" with Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra (Victor 25158).

Soundtrack[edit]

  • "You Are My Lucky Star" (1935)
    • Music by Nacio Herb Brown
    • Lyrics by Arthur Freed; Played during the opening credits
    • Performed by Frances Langford and chorus
    • Performed by Eleanor Powell (dubbed by Marjorie Lane) and chorus
    • Performed by Roger Edens and Eleanor Powell
    • Performed by Robert Taylor and chorus
  • "Broadway Melody" (1929)
    • Music by Nacio Herb Brown
    • Lyrics by Arthur Freed
    • Performed by Harry Stockwell
  • "I've Got a Feelin' You're Foolin'" (1935)
    • Music by Nacio Herb Brown
    • Lyrics by Arthur Freed
    • Sung by June Knight, Robert Taylor and chorus
    • Performed by June Knight, Nick Long Jr., and chorus
    • Performed by Frances Langford
  • "Sing Before Breakfast" (1935)
    • Music by Nacio Herb Brown
    • Lyrics by Arthur Freed
    • Performed by Buddy Ebsen, Vilma Ebsen, and Eleanor Powell (dubbed by Marjorie Lane)
  • "All I Do Is Dream Of You" (French version) (1934)
    • Music by Nacio Herb Brown
    • Lyrics by Arthur Freed
  • "On a Sunday Afternoon" (1935)
    • Music by Nacio Herb Brown
    • Lyrics by Arthur Freed
    • Performed by Buddy Ebsen and Vilma Ebsen

Box Office[edit]

According to MGM records the film earned $1,655,000 in the US and Canada and $1,216,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $691,000.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brown, Gene (1995). Movie Time: A Chronology of Hollywood and the Movie Industry from Its Beginnings to the Present. New York: Macmillan. p. 125. ISBN 0-02-860429-6.  In New York, the film opened at the Capitol Theatre, the site of many prestigious MGM premieres.
  2. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  3. ^ Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935) - Soundtracks

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