Review: ‘Broadway Rhythm’

Broadway Rhythm is a typical backstage filmusical wheeled out in the usual Metro elaborate and colorful style. Displaying group of toprank specialties and names among the entertainers, the fragile and hodge-podge yarn [based on the 1939 Kern-Hammerstein musical Very Warm for May] stops periodically while the guest stars appear.

Broadway Rhythm is a typical backstage filmusical wheeled out in the usual Metro elaborate and colorful style. Displaying group of toprank specialties and names among the entertainers, the fragile and hodge-podge yarn [based on the 1939 Kern-Hammerstein musical Very Warm for May] stops periodically while the guest stars appear.

Story follows run-of-mill formula for a backstager. George Murphy is a top musical comedy producer readying his next show for Broadway. Ginny Simms, Hollywood film star, hits town for a whirl at the stage after being stymied on new contract in films. Charles Winninger, veteran song-and-dance man, is Murphy’s dad, while Gloria DeHaven is the young sister with stage ambitions.

Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra provide the musical backgrounds, and are spotlighted for opening number to get picture away to a good start and one other number later. Lena Horne socks over two songs – the Gershwins’ ‘Somebody Loves Me’, and ‘Brazilian Boogie’, by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane – and both are smartly presented for maximum effect.

Broadway Rhythm

Production

M-G-M. Director Roy Del Ruth; Producer Jack Cummings; Screenplay Dorothy Kingsley, Harry Clork; Camera Leonard Smith; Editor Albert Akst; Music Johnny Green (dir); Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Jack Martin Smith

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1944. Running time: 115 MIN.

With

George Murphy Ginny Simms Charles Winninger Gloria de Haven Lena Horne

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