Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935)

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Bob Gordon is staging a new Broadway Show. He gets an offer of money by Lillian, if she can dance in his show. Gordon's old class mate Irene, tries to get the leading role in this show, but Lillian insists in getting this part herself.


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  • Robert Taylor and Eleanor Powell in Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935)
  • Eleanor Powell and Roger Edens in Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935)
  • Vilma Ebsen in Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935)
  • Eleanor Powell in Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935)

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22 November 2012 | rps-2
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| A great treat!!!
Why would anybody spend two hours watching a 77 year old movie? The short answer is "because it's a lot of fun." But there are other reasons. It is an interesting relic of the dirty thirties when 25 cents bought you a two hour escape from depression, dust, despair and dire news from Europe. Hollywood catered to this need with wildly happy, unrealistic schmaltz about glamorous people in fancy clothes dancing and singing at posh cabarets in exotic places. And it was great! Just as wars give us great songs, the depression gave us fabulous movies. To a student of either film or history, films such as this are a hugely interesting window on the era. Such films are also revealing lessons in production: staging, choreography, special effects and lighting. Remember this was before digital technology and less than ten years after the arrival of sound. And the lighting! Immaculate highlights and shadows, razor sharp detail. (Thanks to Turner Classic for presenting top quality prints of these old films. I doubt if the theatre audiences of 1935 saw it as well as I did at home on my plasma TV.) Thankfully the trend to colourize these old films was thwarted. The beautiful B&W photography only adds to the fascination. It made for a memorable evening!

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