Broadway Through a Keyhole

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Broadway Through a Keyhole
Film poster
Directed byLowell Sherman
Written byC. Graham Baker
Gene Towne (screenplay)
Story byWalter Winchell
Produced byWilliam Goetz
Raymond Griffith
Music byAlfred Newman
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • November 2, 1933 (1933-11-02)
Running time
90 min.
CountryUnited States

Broadway Through a Keyhole, also billed as Broadway Thru a Keyhole, is a 1933 American pre-Code musical film produced by Twentieth Century Pictures and released by United Artists.

New York City speakeasy proprietress Texas Guinan appears as a fictionalized version of herself in the film. It also features early appearances by Lucille Ball, Ann Sothern, and Susan Fleming. The film is based on an original story by Broadway columnist Walter Winchell.


Racketeer Frank Rocci is smitten with Joan Whelan, a dancer at Texas Guinan's famous Broadway night spot. He uses his influence to help her get a starring role in the show, hoping that it will also get Joan to fall in love with him. After scoring a hit, Joan accepts Frank's marriage proposal, more out of gratitude than love. The situation gets even stickier when she falls for a handsome band leader during a trip to Florida. Can she tell Frank she's in love with someone else?


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