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Broadway Melody of 1940

1940 1h 42m Musical List
80% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 80% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
In New York City, the dance team of Johnny Brett (Fred Astaire) and King Shaw (George Murphy) are at the bottom of the heap, and barely scraping by in dance halls. When a producer, Bob Casey (Frank Morgan), catches sight of Brett's moves, he wants to cast him as the dance partner of the Broadway star Clare Bennett (Eleanor Powell). However, after some misdirection and confusion, Shaw becomes Bennett's partner instead, but Brett still has some dancing to do when Shaw fails to perform. Read More Read Less
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Mattie Lucas From the Front Row (The) final number "Begin the Beguine" is perhaps one (Astaire's) most graceful set pieces, but the film itself feels rather tired, and the formula for these large scale showbiz musicals that dazzled in the 1930s was beginning to wear thin. Rated: 2.5/4 May 4, 2021 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Cole Porter contributes a handful of tunes, with the showstopper being the climactic presentation of "Begin the Beguine" - sung and staged not once but twice. Rated: 3/4 Apr 23, 2021 Full Review Sean Axmaker Seanax.com ... another ridiculous story that justifies itself in the historic one-time-only pairing of MGM's Queen of Tap Powell and the cinematic grace incarnate Fred Astaire. Apr 6, 2008 Full Review Susan Granger www.susangranger.com Rated: 4/5 Oct 5, 2006 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jun 13, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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Eli K Can't put under List tag. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 07/16/24 Full Review Audience Member Better than the original Oscar winning film the story was simple but decent enough and the actors and actresses have charm I don't like dancing so skipped all those scenes. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review william d Astaire and Powell! Together! Who needs a plot? Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review steve d If you want a story with your dancing look elsewhere. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review sarah w Absolutely One of the Greatest Movies of 1940 along with Pinocchio, Arise, My Love, Fantasia, Northwest Mounted Police, and The Thief of Bagdad. This movie is the best of the Broadway Melody movies from 1929 to 1940. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The best musical movie ever made! With the best movie song ever sung: Begin the Beguine! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In New York City, the dance team of Johnny Brett (Fred Astaire) and King Shaw (George Murphy) are at the bottom of the heap, and barely scraping by in dance halls. When a producer, Bob Casey (Frank Morgan), catches sight of Brett's moves, he wants to cast him as the dance partner of the Broadway star Clare Bennett (Eleanor Powell). However, after some misdirection and confusion, Shaw becomes Bennett's partner instead, but Brett still has some dancing to do when Shaw fails to perform.
Director
Norman Taurog
Producer
Jack Cummings
Screenwriter
Leon Gordon, George Oppenheimer
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Loew's Inc.
Genre
Musical
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 1, 2008
Runtime
1h 42m
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