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Broadway Babies (1929)

Unrated | | Drama, Musical | 20 January 1930 (Denmark)
Dee lives with her two girlfriends in a boarding house. Billy is in love with Dee and runs the show where Dee is in the chorus. He has Dee stepping from the chorus to featured dancer. ... See full summary »

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Jay Gelzer (based on the story by), Monte M. Katterjohn (as Monte Katterjohn) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alice White ... Dee Foster
Marion Byron ... Florine Chanler (as Miriam Byron)
Sally Eilers ... Navarre King
Charles Delaney ... Billy Buvanny
Tom Dugan ... Scotty
Bodil Rosing ... Durgan
Maurice Black ... Nick Stepanos
Fred Kohler ... Perc Gessant
Louis Natheaux ... August Brand
Jocelyn Lee ... Blossom Royal
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Storyline

Dee lives with her two girlfriends in a boarding house. Billy is in love with Dee and runs the show where Dee is in the chorus. He has Dee stepping from the chorus to featured dancer. Gessant is a importer and gambler from Detroit. A gang is trying to keep him in town to fleece him and they use Dee as bait. He is introduced to Dee after her show and she and her friends go out with Gessant and his gambling buddies only because Dee is mad at Billy. Gessant helps her get another job as headliner at the New Moon Club. Billy and Dee break up over this job and Gessant falls for Dee. But Billy still loves Dee and Gessant loves Dee and Dee must choose who she wants. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Girls and guns and glare and glamor. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1930 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadway Daddies See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone) (Western Electric Apparatus)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A 24-sheet billboard for Corinne Griffith in Saturday's Children (1929) is prominently displayed outside the stage door in the final sequence. See more »

Quotes

Billy Buvanny: You can't turn me down like this. I've been planning a celebration.
Dee Foster: Why didn't you tell me that before you swapped kisses with that hunk of baloney?
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Alternate Versions

This movie was also issued as a silent, with a film length of 2039.11 m. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Loose Ankles (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Sung a cappella by Charles Delaney and Tom Dugan
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If Dee loves Billy and vice-versa, why do they keep arguing and breaking up?!
14 December 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Let's cut to the chase. Dee loves Billy and vice-versa but it takes them the entire film to not only figure this out but act upon it!

Chorus girl Dee is in love with Billy, who is producing the Broadway show. He wants to make her a star BUT some evil gamblers want to ruin Billy and offer to make Dee a star in their show. So, they deliberately try to drive a wedge between the two sweethearts and it takes the two a long time to get their heads straight and do what's best. It all culminates with someone getting shot as well as the audience having to watch some dated musical numbers.

This is a time-passer--not a bad film at all but one that is easy to skip as well. Because it's an early talkie, the sound is a bit rough but otherwise it holds up pretty well today and Alice White is adorable in the lead, though Charles Dulaney (as Billy) is hardly the Hollywood type and it makes you realize how times have changed.


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