Broadway Babies (1929)

89 mins | Melodrama | 30 June 1929

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Producer:

Robert North

Cinematographer:

Sol Polito

Editor:

Frank Ware

Production Designer:

Jack Okey

Production Company:

First National Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to a production directory in the 9 Mar 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, the starting date for Broadway Babies was 11 Feb ... More Less

According to a production directory in the 9 Mar 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, the starting date for Broadway Babies was 11 Feb 1929. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald-World
9 Mar 1929
p. 41.
Film Daily
30 Jun 1929.
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New York Times
30 Jun 1929
Section VIII, p. 3.
Variety
26 Jun 1929
p. 22.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Cost
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Broadway Musketeers" by Jay Gelzer in Good Housekeeping (Oct 1928).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Wishing and Waiting for Love," words by Grant Clarke, music by Harry Akst
"Jig, Jig, Jigaloo" and "Broadway Baby Dolls," words by Al Bryan, music by George W. Meyer.
DETAILS
Release Date:
30 June 1929
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 21 June 1929
Production Date:
began 11 February 1929
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
8 July 1929
Copyright Number:
LP512
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also a silent version, 28 Jul 1929; 6,690 ft.
Duration(in mins):
89
Length(in feet):
8,067
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Against the advice of her fellow dancers Florine and Navarre, Delight Foster, a Broadway chorus girl, becomes engaged to Billy Buvanny, the stage manager of her show. Then Percé Gessant, a Canadian, falls in love with her, and when she thinks Billy is unfaithful, Delight decides to marry Percé. Meanwhile he becomes involved with Gus Brand, a gambler and gang leader. On their wedding day, Percé is attending a poker game, while his gunmen hold up Brand and his crowd; en route to the wedding with his bride, Percé is shot by Brand from another car just as Delight informs him she still loves Billy. Percé, dying after a showdown with the gang, with his last words bequeaths his money to Billy and Delight, who use it to finance their own show on ... +


Against the advice of her fellow dancers Florine and Navarre, Delight Foster, a Broadway chorus girl, becomes engaged to Billy Buvanny, the stage manager of her show. Then Percé Gessant, a Canadian, falls in love with her, and when she thinks Billy is unfaithful, Delight decides to marry Percé. Meanwhile he becomes involved with Gus Brand, a gambler and gang leader. On their wedding day, Percé is attending a poker game, while his gunmen hold up Brand and his crowd; en route to the wedding with his bride, Percé is shot by Brand from another car just as Delight informs him she still loves Billy. Percé, dying after a showdown with the gang, with his last words bequeaths his money to Billy and Delight, who use it to finance their own show on Broadway. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
with songs


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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