Broadway Bill

Synopsis: Tycoon J.L. Higgins controls his whole family, but one of his sons- in-law, Dan Brooks and his daughter Alice are fed up with that. Brooks quits his job as manager of J.L.'s paper box factory and devotes his life to his racing horse Broadway Bill, but his bank- roll is thin and the luck is against him, he is arrested because of $150 he owes somebody for horse food, but suddenly a planed fraud by somebody else seems to offer him a chance...
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Frank Capra
Production: Columbia Pictures
  1 nomination.
104 min

Yes, J.L.

Yes, J.L.

I've been waiting a half hour.

Not now, I'm busy.

Got to get all his

sonsinlay on the phone.

Maine 674.

Board of directors meeting tonight.

This is the first.

They know there's a meeting tonight.

The whole town knows it.

Just the same, J.L. Insists

notifying officially.

Hello, Higgins Hardware?

Mr. Early, please.



Thats not a family,

its a disease.

Henry Early speaking.

Yes, Mrs. Petersen.

I just want to remind you there's

a board meeting at 7 sharp.

Arthur Winslow talking.

Yes, Mrs. Petersen.


The usual time, yes.

Mr. Brooks hasn't been in all

day. I don't know.

You've got to him and tell

him his fatherinlaw expects him.

Yes, Mrs. Peterson.

Have you tried his home?

His wife might...

She's hung up.

We've got to find Mr. Brooks.

Thats ridiculous.

He must be in his office.

He's not...

and you know how strict

your father is about meetings.

I'll see that he gets there.

I think I know where he is.

All right, Whitey.

Here comes the home stretch.

Come on!

Come on, Broadway Bill!

Princess, hurry up.

Take him to the barn.

I'll see you there.

Hot digidy!

What he do it in?

1 minute, 40 seconds.



Gee, that knocks another second off.

He's liable to break the

worlds record.

Hi, Bill.

Ata boy.

He can sure pick em up.

He's still stalling.



Going as fast as you can see.

Nice work.

He's great.

Whats this?

She taught Skeeter to do that.


Miss named him that way.

You got a mascot, pal.

Biggest pals.

You know more about him than I do.

You hang around a lot, Princes.

Make something of it?

For Emperor Higgins.

Don't let him catch it.

Emperor Higgins doesn't

know I'm alive.

I'm just the young brat.

Get married, give him

another soninlaw.

Someone to take care of

another Higgins enterprise.

No, thanks

I'm coming.

Walk him around for about an hour.

Any carrots?

Six, but no more.

Not seven?

Take care of him or

I'll break your neck.

Come on, Bill.

A great horse!

I wish he run right now.

He's got background, stamina.

Ana a will to win.

Thats important in a horse.

The Imperial Racetrack

opened last week.

Don't you think I know it?

I saw you boyfriend,

Bill Taylor.

Why don't you?

Don't what?

Take Broadway Bill

down to the track.

Are you crazy?

What are you waiting for?

You've been dying to get

out of Higginsville.

Your heart is in horses and

you're making paper boxes.

It doesn't make sense.

Whats got into you?


You're a fool, daddy.

I am, huh?


You've become another

Higgins' slave.

Mind if I have an idea?

What is it?

I've always been honest.

I'd cut off my right arm

before I'd lie to you.

What is it?

I read my bible and

don't mess around.

What do you want to tell me?

I've been addin' things up.

And subtracting, dividing

and multiplying.

And get the same answer.

It wouldn't be honest to race

Bill for anyone else.

Who asked you?

Go on, get out of here.

Yes, sir.

See you.

Come on, Bill.

Mr. Brooks!

Your wife wants you

to come right home.

There's a meeting tonight.

Beat it.

But she...

Get out of here, I told you!

I was just trying to tell you.

Its very important.



He made 1:

How's that?

Who made 1:

Broadway Bill.

With Whitey. He

must weight at least 150.

There's a meeting tonight.

Finish dressing.

Lets dock the meeting.

You take a bath?


Smells horsy to me.

I'll take 4 if we

dock the meeting.

Don't be silly.

There's a full moon.

Lets go out and sit

under it all night.

Or 2 nights, a week.

What do you say?

Whats eating you?

Same old bugs.

Father'd have a royal

fit if we didn't show up.

We've got to go.

Hang the meeting.

What difference does it make?

Your father'll do all the

talking, and we'll go:

Yes, J.L. Of course, J.L.

I've got a chronic pain in

my neck from nodding.

Don't be a fool.

Lets go throw rock

as the meeting.

You say such stupid things.

Lets do something else.

Why don't you get a zipper?

Some day you'll be calling the

meetings and won't want rocks.

They'd be absolute idiots.

Now hurry up, we're

going to be late.

What about the moon?

Come on.


Good heavens.

I know I'm a pest.

We'll never get there!

I'm serious.

What if I tell you

I'm miserable here...

dying a slow death?

Would you go away with me?

Where to?


where I can make my own

living, do what I want.

The racing business, I suppose.

I'm not interested in

making paper boxes.

Do you really want me

to give up all this?

Why not?

Live not knowing where my next

meal's coming from.

Wait for miracles.

Its better than this.

Doesn't it bother you

your husbands a parasite?

Thats what I am.

There's no use kidding myself.

I've got a job cause I married you.

Father thinks you're

terribly clever.

Thats why the others are jealous.

He has great plans for

you, and someday...

Yeah, I know.

A crown prince.

Good evening, Johnson.

Evening, Mr. & Mrs. Early.

J.L.'s in the study.

Good evening, J.L.

Good evening.


Good evening, father.

Don't scold, I'm on time.

J.L.'s in the study.

You're not the smartest,

but the bestlooking.


Henry, Matilda.

Good evening, father.


Good evening.

Mrs. Brooks, Mr. Brooks.

Hello, Johnson.

J.L.'s in the study.

Yes, sir.

Good evening.


Hello, dad.

Hello, Princess.

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Robert Riskin

Robert Riskin (March 30, 1897 – September 20, 1955) was an American Academy Award-winning screenwriter and playwright, best known for his collaborations with director-producer Frank Capra. more…

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