Broadway Melody of 1936

Film, Drama

Time Out says

'She put 'em down like a man, no ricky-ticky-sissy stuff with Ellie,' Fred Astaire once observed of Eleanor Powell, a dancer he admired enormously. She blazes through this otherwise routine (if very luxurious) MGM musical. Moss Hart's contrived story (unaccountably nominated for an Oscar) casts her as a struggling actress who pretends to be a famous French star in order to land the plum role in Robert Taylor's forthcoming Broadway extravaganza. Comedian Jack Benny, in a role modelled on newsman Walter Winchell, plays a columnist with a grudge against Taylor. And yes, as always in these backstage musicals, everything comes right on the night.


Release details

102 mins

Cast and crew

Roy Del Ruth
Jack McGowan, Sid Silvers
Eleanor Powell
Robert Taylor
Jack Benny
Una Merkel
Sid Silvers
Buddy Ebsen
Frances Langford
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