The Broadway Melody

Synopsis: Harriet and Queenie Mahoney, a vaudeville act, come to Broadway, where their friend Eddie Kerns needs them for his number in one of Francis Zanfield's shows. Eddie was in love with Harriet, but when he meets Queenie, he falls in love to her, but she is courted by Jock Warriner, a member of the New Yorker high society. It takes a while till Queenie recognizes, that she is for Jock nothing more than a toy, and it also takes a while till Harriet recognizes, that Eddie is in love with Queenie.
Director(s): Harry Beaumont
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

There it is, Herb.

One verse and two choruses.

- Is this a good song, Eddie?

- It's a good song, Herb.

- It's as good as the doll-dance number.

- All right.

Skip the verse, do the chorus, tempo.

Hot, eh?

- Good morning.

- Hello, Jimmy.

I've got the hottest song

you ever heard in your life.

- Is that so?

- Yes, that's so.

Got it? Have you got it?

Jimmy, if you can get this crowd

to keep quiet, I'll sing it for you.

- How about a little harmony?

- All right.

Listen, let's go through it.

One and two.

The second chorus,

a little jazz, a little pep.

Come on, I'll vamp until ready.

Let's go.

Go on, Herb.

- That's it.

- The chorus in F-sharp.

Hot dog!

Listen, kid, if we can get that number,

we're a cinch for the Palace.

- Hello, girls.

- Hello, Eddie.

Listen, Eddie, we'll take that song

and smack it over for you.


Oh, no. Not this song, babies.

Zanfield's bought it for his new revue.

And the Mahoney Sisters are coming

from the West to put it over for me.

Listen, Eddie, you're not gonna waste

a swell number like that...

...on a smalltime sister act, are you?

Nix cracking, Rosie.

Half of that sister team is going to be

the future Mrs. Eddie Kearns.

Wait a minute.

Wait a minute, Eddie.

If you wanna be made overnight,

just give us a crack at that number.

Oh, no. Oh, no.

No, no. Positively not.

I've gotta get back to the hotel.

The girls are waiting for me.

Oh, but listen,

if you want a song...

...see Georgie Cohan.

He writes good music too.

How about it, Jimmy?

Oh, I'll take that, thank you.

Gee, this is elegant, ain't it?

Tell you better when

I get a peek at the beds.

Quiet. I told you to pack

that cooking outfit in the trunk.

Yeah? Well, I'm taking no chances.

If we can't pay our bill and the hotel

holds the trunks, we still eat.

And, baby, when you don't eat,

you lose a lot of calories.

Calories? What are they?

Oh, acrobats, you big sap.

- Well, I never got fat on your cooking.

- No?

You never got that complexion

from the Greeks.

- Don't talk to me like...

- lxnay, ixnay.

- Leave us plenty of towels too.

- I did.

And I counted them.

How high can you count?

Well, everything's okay.

Will there be anything else?

Yeah, food.

I think he may stall for a tip. Get to the

window and give me the high sign.

Hank, I don't wanna do that.

Don't be such a cheapskate.


Say, did they run out of everything

but dollar signs on this thing?

One coffee, one order of fried eggs.

There's two in an order, ain't they?

- Yep.

- And one order of rolls.

- Hank.

- Yes?

Come look at the elegant view.

Oh, that will be all, thank you.

Cup of coffee, order of rolls,

a couple of eggs.

It worked.

Oh, Queenie, New York.

The place we've dreamed

and talked about.

- Ain't it swell?

- Yeah.

But there's something about it

that scares me, Hank.

Scares you?

Well, there's nothing to be afraid of.

Well, it seems like we're taking

an awful chance.

We were getting along so well out west.

Plenty of work, small jumps,

a chance to save money.

And the act always went over big.

But here, nobody knows us.

Oh, I'm afraid.

Now don't lose your nerve, honey.

But we haven't got much money.

Oh, Hank, couldn't we go back,

just for one more year?

Back to those opera houses

and town halls?

Those cheap hotels

and their lobby comics?

Cooking our own food...

...washing our own clothes

and ironing them on mirrors.

Riding in those smelly day-coaches.

Going ragged all summer and then darn near

freezing in the winter. And why?

Just to save money enough

to get to New York and show our act.

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Edmund Goulding

Edmund Goulding (20 March 1891 – 24 December 1959) was a British film writer and director. As an actor early in his career he was one of the 'Ghosts' in the 1922 British made Paramount silent Three Live Ghosts alongside Norman Kerry and Cyril Chadwick. Also in the early 1920s he wrote several screenplays for star Mae Murray for films directed by her then husband Robert Z. Leonard. Goulding is best remembered for directing cultured dramas such as Love (1927), Grand Hotel (1932) with Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford, Dark Victory (1939) with Bette Davis, and The Razor's Edge (1946) with Gene Tierney and Tyrone Power. He also directed the classic film noir Nightmare Alley (1947) with Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell, and the action drama The Dawn Patrol. He was also a successful songwriter, composer, and producer. more…

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