Broadway (1942 film)

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Broadway FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by William A. Seiter
Produced by Bruce Manning
Screenplay by Felix Jackson
John Bright
Starring George Raft
Pat O'Brien
Music by Frank Skinner
Cinematography George Barnes
Edited by Ted J. Kent
(as Ted Kent)
Bruce Manning Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • May 8, 1942 (1942-05-08) (United States)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.1 million

Broadway is a 1942 crime drama musical film directed by William A. Seiter starring George Raft and Pat O'Brien.[1][1]

Another fictionalized biographical movie based on Raft's life, The George Raft Story (1961) featured a different actor (Ray Danton) playing Raft.


A Hollywood dancer (George Raft) returns to Manhattan and recalls working in a nightclub with a bootlegger's (Broderick Crawford) girlfriend.



The film was an adaptation of a Broadway show which had previously been filmed in 1929. (Universal had paid $175,000 for the rights.[2]) Raft had wanted to make it at Universal but Jack Warner refused to loan him out so Raft spent eight months on suspension. Eventually Warners relented and Raft made the film.[3] Raft said he had to pay $27,500 out of his own pocket and negotiate so that Warners could borrow Brod Crawford from Universal.[2]


The film was a success with audiences.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Broadway". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 14, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b A FEW HOLLYWOOD ACHES AND PAINS: Metro Gauges Public Reaction to Ayres Case -- Mr. Raft Protests By THOMAS F. BRADYHOLLYWOOD.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 05 Apr 1942: X3.
  3. ^ a b Everett Aaker, The Films of George Raft, McFarland & Company, 2013 p 100

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