Broadway Melody of 1940

Broadway Melody of 1940

DVD - 2003
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A backstage yarn about two hoofers, Johnny Brett and King Shaw, who are an ambitious dance team working in a dance hall for little or nothing. A mistake in names shoots King instead of Johnny into the lead of a Broadway musical. On opening night King is unable to perform due to intoxication, and Johnny is forced to perform to save his partner's reputation. The show's producers realize their mistake in identity and all is resolved.

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Forget about topnotch tap-dancer, Fred Astaire being teamed up with Ginger Rogers - It's Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell (here in "Broadway Melody of 1940") who were the real, true dancin' dynamic duo of the dance floor. There's no question about it.

And forget about this movie having much of a story to back it up - (Who cares?) - It's the musical numbers and its dancers (who really kick up their heels) that are the real stars of the show in this lavish production.

Yep. If you enjoy movie-musicals from Hollywood's golden era - Then - This is the one for you. Believe me - The dancing doesn't get any better than this, with songs written by Cole Porter, including the sensational "Begin the Beguine"..... (*Watch movie-trailer*)

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biffblack
Jun 23, 2016

Haunting & beautiful... easily the best of the 3 Broadway Melody films. In the first 2, Powell played a small-town nobody who spent the entire picture trying to prove herself to the establishment. Not so here. In 1940, she is already a star and a queen, and it's Astaire who must prove his worth to her. The dances here are absolute knock-outs.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jun 10, 2016

GREAT 1940 Broadway musical with terrific songs by Cole Porter - and fabulous tap dancing by Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell (a pair of absolute Beguiners). The film ending dancing to Begin the Beguine is one of the top all time moments of Broadway tap dancing. Eleanor dancing Rocking Cradle of the Deep with the sailors, sailboat staging, etc. segment was fabulous, too.
Also excellent little side shows, like the lady juggler (Trixie Firschke) doing her heady stuff, and the Great Capolio doing a brief unicycle bit.
Interesting/clever ending plot twist about King Shaw (George Murphy) being drunk so Johnny gets to dance.

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Setups
Nov 13, 2012

The best Fred Astaire there is. The King of Tap ( Fred Astaire) and The Queen of Tap ( Eleanor Powell). Amazing.

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