The Barkleys of Broadway

Synopsis: Josh and Dinah Barkley are a successful (though argumentative) musical-comedy team, yet Dinah chafes as Galatea to her husband's Pygmalion. When serious playwright Jacques Barredout envisions her as a great dramatic actress, Dinah is not hard to persuade.
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Director(s): Charles Walters
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

You'll adore the step

that everyone's been waiting for

You'll find a crowd on every dancing floor

Because of something called

the Swing Trot

Remember Swing Trot

It's a deal

It's very simple with terrif'appeal

You grab a partner when you hear a band

And you're the greatest dancer in the land

It's bill and coo-y

Tea for two-y

Just watch your partner's eyes grow dewy

Entre nous-y, you're slightly screwy

But irresistible!

On and on

Oh, what a natural they've hit upon

It gets you going till you're really gone

And you will never rue the day

The day you realize

the Swing Trot is here to stay


Thank you again, ladies and gentlemen.

We're overjoyed

at this wonderful reception...

of our third show together...

and I think I speak

for my two lifelong partners...

my charming wife

and Ezra Millar, the composer...

when I say that none of us

could have done it without the other two.

I don't know.

I've done it before without you two.

Four shows, four flops.

Ezra, the score to this is just wonderful.

I feel you should get all the credit.

I do, too.

Incidentally, while we're patting

each other on the back...

what about your little woman?

She contributed something

to the occasion.

Thank you, ladies and gentlemen.

But what would my performance be...

without my husband

Josh Barkley's clever lyrics...

and brilliant direction?

Ladies and gentlemen,

I'm sure that my lyrics and direction...

would mean absolutely nothing...

without my clever and brilliant wife

to perform them.

But, ladies and gentlemen,

I merely perform the material...

the way my husband taught

and directed me.

But, ladies and gentlemen,

in the hands of a talent...

such as my lovely wife Dinah's...

any material would look

pretty darned wonderful.

- But, ladies and gentlemen...

- Ladies and gentlemen...

this meeting

of the mutual admiration society...

is now adjourned.

Thank you, and good night.

- Sign my book.

- Just one more. Please sign.

Just one more.

There you are.

All right. That's the last one now.

- We've got to go.

- I'm going.

- Where are you going?

- Have a good time.

- Goodbye.

- Have a nice time.

- Allow me, madam.

- Thank you, sir.

Must we go to old lady Belney's party?

It's so nice here.

But we have to. Opening night party

at Mrs. Livingston Belney's.

My dear, it's a state law.

Opening night.

It was wonderful, though, wasn't it?

- Everything went so smoothly.

- It just goes to show...

all those little troubles along the way

just don't matter now.

Like those silly little rows we had

in rehearsal and on the road.

Darling, did you really mean

all those things you said about me...

in your curtain speech?

Honey, of course I did.

It was your show tonight. I could feel it.

Then you mean it was really all right?

All right? Why, you were terrific.

You got all your laughs, your timing,

every gesture, perfect.

Oh, thank you, darling.

Of course, if I wanted to be a...

Well, it didn't amount to anything.

There was one place

in the subway scene...

that maybe you could've gotten

a little more out of.

But, well...


No, it was nothing. It was just a...

No, what was wrong? I want to know.

It was just a detail.

Probably opening night nerves.

We'll talk about it later.

I want to talk about it now.

I won't sleep a wink tonight...

- worrying about it.

- Nothing to worry about, drop it.

You brought it up.

You think you can sit here, criticizing me...

I don't want to go into it. It's just a detail.

It's always just a detail.

A detail here, a detail there,

and then it starts to grow.

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Betty Comden

Betty Comden (born Basya Cohen, May 3, 1917 – November 23, 2006) was one-half of the musical-comedy duo Comden and Green, who provided lyrics, libretti, and screenplays to some of the most beloved and successful Hollywood musicals and Broadway shows of the mid-20th century. Her writing partnership with Adolph Green, called "the longest running creative partnership in theatre history", lasted for six decades, during which time they collaborated with other leading entertainment figures such as the famed "Freed Unit" at MGM, Jule Styne and Leonard Bernstein, and wrote the musical comedy film Singin' in the Rain. more…

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