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

Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye.

Ladies and gentlemen,

this station has the honor to present...

...a weekly report on the New York scene

by Alexander Woollcott, The Town Crier.

This is Woollcott speaking.

This evening, instead of reporting to you

on the new plays along Broadway...

...I want to say a word about

the swarm of young hopefuls...

...who arrive in New York each year...

...determined to make good on the stage

if it takes a leg.

I have here over 1000 letters

from such young people...

...asking what to do, where to start.

Every one of these people...

...thinks that he has more talent

than 90 percent of the actors on Broadway.

Broadway. They call it

"The Great White Way. "

But it shines with a radiance

no electrical company can inspire.

It comes from the likes of you.

One word of advice,

take what you can get.

Grab the chances as they come along.

Act in hallways, sing in doorways...

...and if you have to, dance in cellars.

Hello, everybody. How do you do?

We're gonna do a song and a dance

and all for you.

Never seen a better crowd at any place.

We just wanna see you

have a smile on your face.

So here comes our bag of tricks.

We turn on the show.

Drop the nickel in, Nicky,

and here we go.

Hey! Hey!

New York, New York

Fascinating city

Magic castles rising in the air

Wall Street, Broadway

Guys are sittin' pretty

Every window hides a millionaire

So when defeatists holler

"There's no chance"

Just tell them this

But with a dirty glance

Once Mr. Woolworth

Didn't have a dime

And Irving Berlin

Didn't have a rhyme

And Thomas Dewey

Didn't have a crime

But anything can happen in New York

Once Rockefeller

Didn't have that oil

And Tiffany

He didn't have a pearl

And Ziegfeld

Didn't even have a girl

But anything can happen in New York

You, too, can be that big ball of fire

You, too, can have your name

In Who's Who

You, too, can climb up higher and higher

Until you reach that Rainbow Room

The Wall Street bankers

Didn't have a trust

The Automat

It didn't have a crust

The Hall Of Fame

It didn't have a bust

But even you can be one in New York

Yes, sir

You can be one in New York

You, too, can be that big ball of fire

You, too, can start from scratch

And get rich

You, too, can climb up higher and higher

Like Lord & Taylor, Bonwit Teller

Gimbel, Macy, Rockefeller

You can even be an Abercrombie Fitch

Once Mr. Morgan

Didn't have a yacht

And Joe DiMaggio

Didn't have a swat

The pot of gold

Didn't have a pot

But anything can happen in New

Don't mean innuendo

We mean only in New York

Yes, sir! Hey, hey, hey!

That's the show! Hey, hey!

Hey, that's us. Feed the little kitty, folks.

We take anything.

Hey, all the way.

Well, Nick, you got the armored car

outside for us tonight?

- Boys, I've got bad news for you.

- What's the matter?

I want you to resign.

You mean,

you want us to quit working here?

Oh, no, sir, Nick. We love you too much.

We wouldn't let you sit in this cellar

all by yourself every night, would we?

Then I got to fire you.

- Fired?

- Why?

Look, I got the business, yes?

I got the wife, I got the three kids...

...I got myself, I got you, yes?

- Yeah.

But I only got three customers

eating my spaghetti.

So, I've got to go out of business.

That's too bad, Nick.

Don't worry, Nick.

Spaghetti will come back someday.

Hey, what's this? Five bucks.

Wait a minute.

Who put this money in there?

- Five dollars?

- Yeah.

It couldn't be that icky from Waterbury,

could it?

I don't get it.

She probably thought it was a buck.

I'll have to give it back to her.

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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