Broadway (1929)

105 mins | Melodrama | 15 September 1929

Director:

Paul Fejos

Producer:

Carl Laemmle Jr.

Cinematographer:

Hal Mohr

Production Designer:

Charles D. Hall

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

A production directory in the 9 Mar 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World noted that the starting date for Broadway was 1 Dec 1928.
       According to contemporary sources, a two-strip Technicolor sequence appeared at the end of the film. The 29 May 1929 Var review reported that the sequence was "the final scene of a carnival night in a cabaret." Another adaptation of the play by Philip Dunning and George Abbott was produced by Universal Pictures in 1942. That film, which was directed by William A. Seiter, starred George Raft and Pat O'Brien (see ... More Less

A production directory in the 9 Mar 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World noted that the starting date for Broadway was 1 Dec 1928.
       According to contemporary sources, a two-strip Technicolor sequence appeared at the end of the film. The 29 May 1929 Var review reported that the sequence was "the final scene of a carnival night in a cabaret." Another adaptation of the play by Philip Dunning and George Abbott was produced by Universal Pictures in 1942. That film, which was directed by William A. Seiter, starred George Raft and Pat O'Brien (see entry). More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald-World
9 Mar 1929
p. 41.
Film Daily
2 Jun 1929.
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New York Times
28 May 1929
p. 36.
Variety
29 May 1929
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Universal Super-Jewel
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Spec eff photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Supv ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Synchronization & score
SOUND
Sd eng
Sd system monitor
DANCE
Dance numbers
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the musical Broadway by Philip Dunning and George Abbott as produced by Jed Harris (New York, 16 Sep 1926).
SONGS
"Broadway," "The Chicken or the Egg," "Hot Footin' It," "Hittin' the Ceiling" and "Sing a Little Love Song," music and lyrics by Con Conrad, Archie Gottler and Sidney Mitchell.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 September 1929
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 27 May 1929
Production Date:
began 1 December 1928
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
11 June 1929
Copyright Number:
LP459
Physical Properties:
Black & white with color sequences
Technicolor
Sound, also silent
Movietone; Also listed at 9 reels.
Duration(in mins):
105
Length(in feet):
9,661
Length(in reels):
12
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Roy Lane and Billie Moore, entertainers at the Paradise Nightclub, are in love and are rehearsing an act together. Late to work one evening, Billie is saved from dismissal by Nick Verdis, the club proprietor, through the intervention of Steve Crandall, a suave bootlegger, who desires a liaison with the girl. "Scar" Edwards, robbed of a truckload of contraband liquor by Steve's gang, arrives at the club for a showdown with Crandall and is shot in the back. Crandall gives Billie a bracelet to forget that she has seen him helping a "drunk" from the club. Though Roy is arrested by Dan McCorn, he is later released on Billie's testimony. Steve, in his car, is fired at from a taxi, and overheard by Pearl, he confesses to killing Edwards. Pearl confronts Steve in Nick's office and kills him; and McCorn, finding Steve's body, insists that he committed suicide, exonerating Pearl and leaving Roy and Billie to the success of their ... +


Roy Lane and Billie Moore, entertainers at the Paradise Nightclub, are in love and are rehearsing an act together. Late to work one evening, Billie is saved from dismissal by Nick Verdis, the club proprietor, through the intervention of Steve Crandall, a suave bootlegger, who desires a liaison with the girl. "Scar" Edwards, robbed of a truckload of contraband liquor by Steve's gang, arrives at the club for a showdown with Crandall and is shot in the back. Crandall gives Billie a bracelet to forget that she has seen him helping a "drunk" from the club. Though Roy is arrested by Dan McCorn, he is later released on Billie's testimony. Steve, in his car, is fired at from a taxi, and overheard by Pearl, he confesses to killing Edwards. Pearl confronts Steve in Nick's office and kills him; and McCorn, finding Steve's body, insists that he committed suicide, exonerating Pearl and leaving Roy and Billie to the success of their act. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Crime, with songs


Subject

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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