Two Girls on Broadway

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Two Girls on Broadway
Poster - Two Girls on Broadway 01.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by S. Sylvan Simon
Produced by Jack Cummings
Written by Edmund Goulding (story)
Joseph Fields
Jerome Chodorov
Starring Lana Turner
Joan Blondell
George Murphy
Music by David Raksin
Robert W. Stringer
Cinematography George J. Folsey
Edited by Blanche Sewell
Distributed by MGM
Release date(s) April 19, 1940
Running time 73 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $427,000[1]
Box office $673,000[1]

Two Girls on Broadway is a 1940 musical film directed by S. Sylvan Simon, and starring Lana Turner and Joan Blondell. The film is a remake of The Broadway Melody (1929).

Plot[edit]

Molly Mahoney (Joan Blondell) forms a vaudeville act with her fiancée Eddie Kerns (George Murphy). Working at a local dance school, she longs to become a star performing on Broadway. Eddie persuades her to leave town for New York City, and after their arrival, Eddie debuts on the radio with his so-called singing canaries. Although the canaries are unable to sing, Eddie is not, and following an impressive debut he is offered a job at the station. He convinces co-worker Buddy Bartell (Richard Lanez) to grant Molly and her little sister Pat (Lana Turner) an audition.

What promised to be a big opportunity turns into the start of noticeable tensions between the sisters, when Bartell announces he wants to team Eddie and Pat. Molly, meanwhile, is offered a degrading job selling cigarettes. Instead of complaining, Molly swallows her pride and allows Pat to take the limelight meant for her. Meanwhile, wealthy and often-married playboy 'Chat' Chatsworth (Kent Taylor) falls for Pat and starts flirting with her. After a while, Molly finds out about Chat's wild past through her gossipy friend Jed Marlowe (Wallace Ford), and tries to warn her sister.

Her worries turn out to be unnecessary, though, as Pat feels more attracted to Eddie. She does not want to hurt Molly's feeling or ruin her engagement, and decides to return home. Molly, who is unaware of Pat's motives for leaving, insists that she stay. Thinking it is the only way of forgetting her feelings for Eddie, Pat accepts a proposal from Chat and elopes with him. When Eddie hears about this, he is alarmed, because he had been secretly in love with Pat the entire time. He admits his true feeling for Pat to Molly, and is encouraged to follow her. However, upon arriving at the apartment, Eddie finds out that Pat and Chat have already left.

Overhearing one of Chat's servants of Pat and Chat's whereabouts, Eddie rushes to City Hall. Breaking up a wedding ceremony that has already begun, Eddie professes his love for Pat. With the blessing of Molly, Pat and Eddie decide to marry, while Molly returns home.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was Joan Blondell's first film for MGM.[2] By the time of production, Lana Turner was hailed 'The Girl They're All Talking About! Lovely Lana, America's Blonde Bonfire, in her hottest, most daring role!'[3] Being in the middle of a highly publicized career, Turner was in the position to demand top billing, even though she was less experienced than her co-stars.[3]

Reception[edit]

The film received mixed reviews, with most critics complaining about the plot taking a second place to showcasing Turner.[3] A The New York Times critic wrote: "With Lana Turner figuring prominently in the doings, it is fairly safe to predict that none of the patrons will bother to inquire where and when they have seen Two Girls on Broadway before. There is an indefinable something about Miss Turner that makes it a matter of small concern."[3]

On the other hand, Turner was praised for her musical talents, one reviewer describing her dance abilities as "precision and grace".[3] A critic for The Hollywood Reporter even wrote that she should be teamed with Fred Astaire.[3]

Box Office[edit]

According to MGM records the film earned $475,000 in the US and Canada and $198,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $12,000.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ "Notes for Two Girls on Broadway (1940)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Two Girls on Broadway: Overview Article". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 

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