Babes in Arms

Synopsis: Mickey Moran, a talented singer and musician, son of a veteran from the show business. Mickey has a partner, Patsi Barton, a pretty girl and also a very talented singer. One day, a big opportunity arrives for Mickey, a big contract to set up his own show. However, things don't go well, and in order to avoid being sent to a work farm, he'll improvise a show in the country, despite the awful weather conditions. Patsi's in love with Mickey, he loves her too, but for him the show must go on, and his big dream maybe will come true: formally stage his play in a big scenario, with a huge production.
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Director(s): Busby Berkeley
Production: MGM
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

- How's Florrie?

- She's okay, Joe.

- Take her to the hospital?

- We didn't have time.

- I want to see her.

- Your public's calling, get back out there.

Thanks, folks.

It's been five years now

since you've said hello to me and Florrie...

...but this time she asks to be excused.

Joe, it's a boy.

Go on.

Well, it looks like I've got a son.

Born in the Palace Theater.

Here's a toast to vaudeville,

the greatest entertainment in the world.

It made me what I am today, a papa.

And it's pretty nice, I tell you.

Having that little home down there

on Long Island...

...where you can take

the wife and kiddies.

Where you can lay off all summer long... the country instead of a crowded

boarding house in the roaring '40s...

...where there's nothing but streets

to play in, like I had when I was a kid.

What other business is like that,

I ask you? There ain't none.

Vaudeville, boy, you're something.

Listen, you mugs, quiet.

With so many of the best in one bunch,

I'm tempted to warn you.

There's a shadow coming up,

may change things a whole lot.

It's getting taller, that shadow,

and wider, very fast.

The motion picture.

Shadow is right, making faces.

Flash in the pan.

Motion pictures change things?

Not until the Hudson catches fire.

- Yeah. he's right.

- Okay, okay, boys, I hope you're right.

Here's to 40 weeks, may it last forever.

I tell you, Joe,

there's no vaudeville anymore.

Now, take the Palace Theater...

...go there any day in the week,

even Monday, what do you see?

A lot of people buying tickets

for a talking picture.

I don't know what to make of it.

Something's gotta be done.

Every vaudeville performer in Seaport

is broke, and owes everybody in town.

I never thought that pictures

would take the place of vaudeville.

- Maybe if you and Mom had a new act.

- New act, new act?

You talk like your brother.

- Where is Mickey?

- He's in town at the music publisher's.

He wrote a song last night.

He'll write another tonight,

like last night and the night before.

Kids have to go through their

song writing age, I remember when you did.

And I wrote some pretty good ones too.

And what did it get me, nothing.

Mickey is wasting his time.

He'd better learn a trade

and forget about show business...

...or he'll wind up like me.

- There must be some theaters left, Dad.

- A lot of empty ones.

But, darling, with a good bill

you could open them.

There's a lot of good acts here that would

be tickled to death to have the opportunity.

Say, that's an idea.

A road show with a lot of old-timers.

So a guy's got to do it himself, eh?


I'm going over to Brice's

and see what he thinks.

And that 10-percenter said

that vaudeville was dead.

Not with a lot of troupers like us

around here.

- Will you okay this lyric?

- Wait a minute, I want to hear this song.

Good morning, good morning

We've danced the whole night through

Good morning, good morning to you

Good morning, good morning

It's great to stay up late

Good morning, good morning to you

When the band began to play

The stars were shining bright

Now the milkman's on his way

It's too late to say good night

So good morning, good morning

Sunbeams will soon smile through

Good morning, my darling, to you

Here we are together

A couple of stayer-uppers

Our day is done at breakfast time

And starts in with our suppers

Here we are together

But the best of friends must party

So let me sing this parting song

From the bottom of my hearty

- Good morning

- It's a lovely morning

- Good morning

- What a wonderful day

- We've danced the whole night through

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Jack McGowan

John "Jack" McGowan (1894–1977) was an American librettist, director and producer. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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