Babes on Broadway

Synopsis: Tommy Williams desperately wants to get to Broadway, but as he is only singing in a spaghetti house for tips he is a long way off. He meets Penny Morris, herself no mean singer, and through her gets the idea to promote a show to send orphaned children on a country holiday. But he is only using the kids to get on himself, which Penny soon realises. With his romance off, an engagement in Philadelphia he can't get to, and, indeed, war in Europe, life can be difficult.
Director(s): Busby Berkeley
118 min

Hey, you're not gonna cast that nice,

fresh folding money back on the waters.

I hate to do it, fellas,

but things aren't that tough.

And I better do it quick,

before my stomach talks to my willpower.

Hey, wait a minute. Just let me hold it.

Goodbye, Mr. Lincoln.

Excuse me, lady,

but I think you made a mistake.

- I found that in the kitty over there.

- Anything wrong with it?

- It's a 5.

- The kitty says you take anything.

You mean?

Gosh, that's an awful lot of admission

just to watch us...

...when you can see the top shows

on Broadway for $4.40.

I think your show is as good

as some I've seen on Broadway.

You do? You do?

Oh, gosh, thanks.

We kind of think we're pretty good too.

The straw hats around here

won't even listen to us...

...and the out-of-town trade

very seldom gets down this way.

Where are you from?

What part of the country?

- I was born in Wisconsin, but I...

- Wisconsin?

Well, that's funny.

My mom was born in Wisconsin.

- You like New York?

- I get tired of it sometimes...

Wait til you start swinging out.

You know something?

You talk just like my mom.

She said that God made New York...

...just so that the good people

would enjoy Wisconsin.

Your mother

might have something there.

No place like it.

That's what I tell her in every letter.

Where else can a fellow

shoot out of a firetrap like this...

...into a top spot on Broadway?

Sure, it happens every day.

Fellow comes in, sees something he likes.

Says, "That's it. "

Your name goes up in lights.

- You're a hit overnight.

- Really?

- Sort of like Horatio Alger, isn't it?

- Yeah, yeah.

Only it hasn't happened to us

like that yet.

The roof caved in on us tonight.

This bin's gonna close up.

But we're on the upbeat.

When we become headliners, we'll send

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Fred F. Finklehoffe

Fred Franklin Finklehoffe (February 16, 1910, Springfield, Massachusetts – October 5, 1977) was an American film writer and producer. He was educated at Virginia Military Institute (V.M.I.) where he met his writing partner John Cherry Monks, Jr. (both class of 1932).Monks and Finklefhoffe wrote a play set at VMI in 1936, "Brother Rat", which was adapted into a 1938 film of the same name. A 1940 film sequel entitled Brother Rat and a Baby was also produced. Monks and Finklehoffe also wrote the MGM musical, Strike Up the Band (1940). Finklehoffe was nominated for the 1944 Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay with Irving Brecher for his work on Meet Me in St. Louis. He also wrote the scripts for a pair of Martin and Lewis comedy films, At War with the Army (1950) and The Stooge (1952). more…

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