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Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)

Passed | | Musical | 9 February 1940 (USA)
Johnny Brett and King Shaw are an unsuccessful dance team in New York. A producer discovers Brett as the new partner for Clare Bennett, but Brett, who thinks he is one of the people they lent money to gives him the name of his partner.

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Norman Taurog

Writers:

Leon Gordon (screen play), George Oppenheimer (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Johnny Brett
Eleanor Powell ... Clare Bennett
George Murphy ... King Shaw
Frank Morgan ... Bob Casey
Ian Hunter ... Bert C. Matthews
Florence Rice ... Amy Blake
Lynne Carver ... Emmy Lou Lee
Ann Morriss ... Pearl
Trixie Firschke ... Juggler
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Johnny Brett and King Shaw are an unsuccessful dance team in New York. A producer discovers Brent as the new partner for Clare Bennett, but Brett, who thinks he is one of the people they lent money to gives him the name of his partner. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Genres:

Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadway qui danse See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The fur coat running gag was based on the real-life ploy of talent agent Doc Shurr. See more »

Goofs

When Johnny substitutes for King at the last minute, the costume fits the much smaller Johnny perfectly. See more »

Quotes

King Shaw: The more I know about women, the less I know about women.
Johnny Brett: Maybe someday you'll learn they're not all the same.
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Connections

Referenced in From the Ends of the Earth (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)
(1887) (uncredited)
Written by Juventino Rosas
Played during the Trixie Firschke juggling act
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Memorable Dancing Scenes
28 June 2004 | by harry-76See all my reviews

The pairing of Eleanor Powell and Fred Astaire made for an interesting combination.

In most cases, when Fred danced with anyone, audiences' eyes tended to focus on him rather than his partner. Powell's natural charimsa shifted that norm. Not really taller than Astaire but more solid than his normal partners with very strong, full legs, Powell's presence demanded attention.

Actually, Eleanor didn't really need a dance partner. Like Ann Miller, Powell was a "single," a complete "deal" in one package. Eleanor could do tap, soft shoe, ballet, interpretive and classic with equal aplomb. Her energy and dexterity seemed limitless. Yet when she danced here with Fred, the restaurant and "challenge" dance sequences became classics.

Cole Porter's ravishing "I Concentrate on You" is presented in a beautiful rendition with rich baritone solo and Powell executing endless turns on pointe, all while moving in circles.

George Murphy is seen here at his tap dancing best. Yet while doing all the steps perfectly with Astaire, George's more beefy frame makes him seem more heavy, while Fred appears more facile.

This fun-filled film continues to be shown and enjoyed as a memento of a happy period--at least in terms of Hollywood musicals.


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