Bowery to Broadway (1944)

91 or 93-94 mins | Musical comedy | 3 November 1944

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Hip Hip Hooray. Prior to principal photography, Charles Lamont replaced Arthur Lubin as director, according to a Mar 1944 HR news item. A late May 1944 HR news item announced that "old timers" Max Davidson and Frank Pharr had been signed to play real-life vaudevillians Weber and Fields, but those roles were not included in the final film. The same item listed Wilbur Mack and Snub Pollard as cast members, but they were not seen in the incomplete print viewed and their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Three musical numbers were planned and perhaps shot, but were not used in the completed picture, including "Bolero," "Nora Malone" and "Annie Rooney." ...

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The working title of this film was Hip Hip Hooray. Prior to principal photography, Charles Lamont replaced Arthur Lubin as director, according to a Mar 1944 HR news item. A late May 1944 HR news item announced that "old timers" Max Davidson and Frank Pharr had been signed to play real-life vaudevillians Weber and Fields, but those roles were not included in the final film. The same item listed Wilbur Mack and Snub Pollard as cast members, but they were not seen in the incomplete print viewed and their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Three musical numbers were planned and perhaps shot, but were not used in the completed picture, including "Bolero," "Nora Malone" and "Annie Rooney."

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
28 Oct 1944
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Daily Variety
20 Oct 1944
p. 3, 6
Down Beat
15 Sep 1944
p. 7
Film Daily
25 Oct 1944
p. 10
Hollywood Reporter
8 Mar 1944
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
17 Mar 1944
p. 1
Hollywood Reporter
5 May 1944
p. 10, 21
Hollywood Reporter
31 May 1944
p. 8
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jun 1944
p. 6
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jun 1944
p. 8
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jun 1944
p. 19
Hollywood Reporter
20 Oct 1944
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
4 Dec 1944
p. 8
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
3 Jun 1944
p. 1923
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
21 Oct 1944
p. 2149
New York Times
30 Nov 1944
p. 19
Variety
25 Oct 1944
p. 12
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Song specialty by
Harry Bradley
Billy Newell
Mary Eleanor Donahue
Marguerita Padula
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Mack Wright
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
John B. Goodman
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
Jewels worn by Maria Montez by
MUSIC
Mus score and dir
SOUND
Dir of sd
[Sd] tech
Edwin L. Wetzel
Re-rec and eff mixer
DANCE
Mus numbers devised and staged by
Mus numbers devised and staged by
Mus numbers devised and staged by
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
STAND INS
Singing voice of Turhan Bey
Doreen Triton
Singing voice of Louise Allbritton
Singing voice of Evelyn Ankers
Singing voice of Rosemary DeCamp
SOURCES
MUSIC
"The Railroad Corral," traditional.
SONGS
"Love Waltz," "Sing What's in Your Heart," "There'll Always Be a Moon," music by Edward Ward, lyrics by Everett Carter; "Coney Island Moon," "Montevideo" and "Here You Are," music and lyrics by Kim Gannon and Walter Kent; "He Took Her for a Sleighride in the Good Old Summertime," music and lyrics by Mort Greene, Mann Curtis and Jerome Gottler; "Song of Romance," music by Don George, lyrics by Dave Franklin; "Just Because You Made Dem Goo Goo Eyes at Me," music and lyrics by Hughie Cannon and John Queen; "Under the Bamboo Tree," music and lyrics by Robert Cole and J. Rosamond Johnson; "Wait 'Til the Sun Shines, Nellie," music and lyrics by Andrew B. Sterling and Harry von Tilzer; "Yip-I-Addy-I-Ay," music and lyrics by Will D. Cobb and John H. Flynn; "Daisy Bell," music and lyrics by Harry Dacre.
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Hip Hip Hooray
Release Date:
3 November 1944
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 31 Oct 1944
Production Date:
4 May--early Jul 1944
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
26 October 1944
LP12944
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
91 or 93-94
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10355
SYNOPSIS

Irish Americans Michael O'Rourke and Dennis Dugan run rival Bowery beer gardens in turn-of-the-century New York. After Michael steals Bonnie Latour, Dennis' headline act, and puts her in his Crystal Palace show, Dennis tries to repossess Bonnie's wardrobe from off her back. He is soon arrested, but is bailed out by Michael. Later, Tammany Hall political Tom Harvey comes down to the Bowery with Lillian Russell, the musical comedy star. When she goes into the Crystal Palace, Dennis tricks Michael into insulting the performer by asking her to sing. In turn, she goes into Dennis' Shamrock Gardens and readily volunteers to perform her signature song, "Under the Bamboo Tree." With Harvey's help, Dennis opens up a theater on 14th Street, but not to be outdone, Michael opens his own theater down the block. While Dennis' shows struggle at the box office, Michael attracts large crowds by stealing his rival's ideas and improving on them. One day, however, Dennis spies Peggy Fleming's beautiful legs in a window of Madame Alda's boardinghouse and offers to make her a Broadway star. Though she initially rejects show business as a career, Peggy quickly changes her mind when she meets and falls in love with Ted Barrie, the show's songwriter. The Girl with Million Dollar Legs is a great success, and Peggy becomes the toast of New York. Upset by the attention paid to Peggy by Harvey, a jealous Ted breaks off their relationship, even though she is only seen with the politician for publicity reasons. That night, an upset Peggy is nearly killed when she falls off the stage into the orchestra ...

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Irish Americans Michael O'Rourke and Dennis Dugan run rival Bowery beer gardens in turn-of-the-century New York. After Michael steals Bonnie Latour, Dennis' headline act, and puts her in his Crystal Palace show, Dennis tries to repossess Bonnie's wardrobe from off her back. He is soon arrested, but is bailed out by Michael. Later, Tammany Hall political Tom Harvey comes down to the Bowery with Lillian Russell, the musical comedy star. When she goes into the Crystal Palace, Dennis tricks Michael into insulting the performer by asking her to sing. In turn, she goes into Dennis' Shamrock Gardens and readily volunteers to perform her signature song, "Under the Bamboo Tree." With Harvey's help, Dennis opens up a theater on 14th Street, but not to be outdone, Michael opens his own theater down the block. While Dennis' shows struggle at the box office, Michael attracts large crowds by stealing his rival's ideas and improving on them. One day, however, Dennis spies Peggy Fleming's beautiful legs in a window of Madame Alda's boardinghouse and offers to make her a Broadway star. Though she initially rejects show business as a career, Peggy quickly changes her mind when she meets and falls in love with Ted Barrie, the show's songwriter. The Girl with Million Dollar Legs is a great success, and Peggy becomes the toast of New York. Upset by the attention paid to Peggy by Harvey, a jealous Ted breaks off their relationship, even though she is only seen with the politician for publicity reasons. That night, an upset Peggy is nearly killed when she falls off the stage into the orchestra pit. The two lovers are then reunited, but because of Peggy's severe injuries, Dennis is forced to close the show. In fact, the producer considers quitting until Michael tells him that he is thinking of opening up a theater in the Broadway district, once he raises the money. Father Kelly then convinces the two producers to pool their resources and become partners. Their first show together faces its first trial when Walter Rogers, the director, insists that husband-and-wife dance team Joe and Bessie Kirby, who have been with Dennis since his Bowery days, be replaced. The two overhear Rogers' edict, quit the show and open a dancing school. Years later, Dennis and Michael are great successes and are able to sign European star Marina to headline their new show. Though her first Broadway musical is a hit, Dennis next insists on producing a drama starring her, thus causing a break in his partnership with Michael. When Marina learns that Dennis has lost all his money producing a series of flops for her, she leaves him. Michael, too, has had little success on his own, so the two decide to go back to their roots and put on a musical revue featuring the Kirbys' teenage daughter, Bessie Jo. The show is a triumph, and Dennis and Marina are reunited when Michael informs his partner that she was the financial backer of the show.

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