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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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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