Two Girls on Broadway
|Two Girls on Broadway|
|Directed by||S. Sylvan Simon|
|Produced by||Jack Cummings|
|Written by||Edmund Goulding (story)
|Music by||David Raksin
Robert W. Stringer
|Cinematography||George J. Folsey|
|Editing by||Blanche Sewell|
|Release dates||April 19, 1940|
|Running time||73 minutes|
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.
- Lana Turner as Patricia 'Pat' Mahoney
- Joan Blondell as Molly Mahoney
- George Murphy as Eddie Kerns
- Kent Taylor as 'Chat' Chatsworth
- Richard Lane as Buddy Bartell
- Wallace Ford as Jed Marlowe
- Otto Hahn as Ito, Chatworth's servant
- Lloyd Corrigan as Judge Hennessey
- Don Wilson as Mr. Boyle, Radio Announcer
- Charles Wagenheim as Harry, Bartell's Assistant
- May McAvoy - uncredited
The film was Joan Blondell's first film for MGM. 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!' 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.
The film received mixed reviews, with most critics complaining about the plot taking a second place to showcasing Turner. 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."
On the other hand, Turner was praised for her musical talents, one reviewer describing her dance abilities as "precision and grace". A critic for The Hollywood Reporter even wrote that she should be teamed with Fred Astaire.