Lullaby of Broadway

Synopsis: Pretty Melinda Howard has been abroad singing with a musical troupe. She decides to return home to surprise her mother whom she thinks is a successful Broadway star with a mansion in Manhattan. She doesn't know that her mother is actually a burnt-out cabaret singer with a love for whiskey. When she arrives at the mansion, she is taken in by the two servants who are friends of her mother's The house actually belongs to Adolph Hubbell, a kind-hearted Broadway producer who also gets drawn into the charade. Hubbell takes a shine to Melinda and agrees to star her in his next show. Melinda also finds romance with a handsome hoofer who's also in the show. All is going well for Melinda except that she wants to see her mother who keeps putting off their reunion.
Director(s): David Butler
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  1 win.
92 min

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Mr. Farnham, can l have your autograph?

Sure, honey.

L never refuse the few requests l get.

My mom and dad took me to see

your show on Broadway last year.

L think you're the greatest dancer

in the world.

It's you and me against Fred Astaire.

- May l cut in?

- Certainly.

- Aren't we supposed to dance?

- I'd love to.

But, unfortunately, l don't know how.

- You don't know how?

- No.

- Then why did you cut in?

- Well, l thought we might sit this one out.

That l know how.

- I'll teach you to dance.

- I'm a very poor pupil.

Follow me. Right foot back.

One, two, three, four.

- One, two...

- One, two...


Shall we try it again?

Only this year they're doing it

without the "ouch."

Oh, my poor feet.

I'm afraid you'll never learn.

It's just as well. L wanted

to get better-acquainted anyway.

- It's such a short boat ride.

- What, five days?

L wasted four and a half

before l met you.

How do you do?

My name is Tom Farnham.

How do you do? I'm Melinda Howard.

Well, that's over.

Now, what do you say

we throw caution to the winds.

Please. Let's not make up

four and a half days in four seconds.

Okay. I'll wait.

What's another minute or two?

The ship's paper says you're visiting

New York after several years' absence.

Oh, really? Did it also give my age and say

that l don't like men who operate so fast?

All right, all right. You win.

After that number l saw you do,

l'd say you were in show business.

L am. Ln a way.

I've been touring the provinces

with a small theatrical company.

Saved a little money and decided to come

to America and surprise my mother.

- They always have a mother.

- Gosh, l haven't seen her in years.

You've probably heard of her. Jessica

Howard. She's very famous on Broadway.

- On Broadway? Now?

- She's starring in a musical.

Excuse me.

L don't know much about show business.

What do you do, Mr. Farnham?

Oh, l spend most of my time

trying to get girls to call me Tom.

If you'll excuse me, l just remembered

that l have some packing to do.

- I'll help you.

- Oh, no, thank you, l'll manage.

What's the matter, don't you trust me?

What's this for?

There's a message on it for you

from the women of the world.

Good night, Mr. Farnham.

"In God we trust."

Well, it wasn't a total loss.

Sorry to disturb you, Diamond Jim,

but that's the front door.

Front door, living room,

master bedroom, library.

This is like living

in a pinball machine.

Can't even eat around here.

- Why did l ever leave show business?

- I'll bite. Why did you?

- Yes, miss?

- Oh, how do you do? I'm Miss Howard.

Would you bring in my luggage?

I'll take this one.

L beg your pardon.

Have Mother come down,

but don't say who's here.

This is the residence of Adolph Hubbell.

He has no children.

- That anyone's been able to trace.

- What's he doing in my mother's house?

- Are you sure you have the right address?

- This is 485 Beekman Place, isn't it?

Hasn't been changed.

That's the address on every letter

that Mother sends me.

- Oh, no. You're not Melinda Howard?

- Yes.

You're in England.

You're gonna stay there, aren't you?

I'm here.

Follow me.

- Where are we going?

- You should've written you were coming.

- L just wanted to surprise her.

- You'll surprise her.

She's rented the house to Adolph Hubbell.

You know, Hubbell Breweries.

Just while she's on tour.

On tour?

Don't tell me she's out of town.

She's due in a day or so

for a conference with her producers.

- I'll see if l can find her.

- Lf she isn't here...

where am l going to stay?

L haven't any money.

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Earl Baldwin

Earl Baldwin (January 11, 1901 in Newark, New Jersey – October 9, 1970 in Hollywood, California, age 69) was an American screenwriter. During his career he wrote more than 50 produced screenplays, including Wild Boys of the Road, Brother Orchid, and Abbott and Costello's Africa Screams. more…

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