Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937)

110 mins | Musical | 20 August 1937

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writer:

Jack McGowan

Producer:

Jack Cummings

Cinematographer:

William Daniels

Editor:

Blanche Sewell

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

An early working title for the film was Broadway Melody of 1937 . Some reviews list a preview running time of 115 minutes. According to an HR news item, photographer Ray June replaced William Daniels in mid-Apr 1937 while Daniels was recuperating from an operation. Other news items note that actress Binnie Barnes was borrowed from Universal for the production. The song "You Made Me Love You," originally written in 1913 by Joe McCarthy and James V. Monaco and preambled in the film by additional lyrics by Roger Edens entitled "Dear Mr. Gable," was praised for excellence by most reviews and has frequently been cited in modern sources as Judy Garland's first great success in motion pictures. Modern sources note that the film was first sung by Garland at a party given by M-G-M in honor of Clark Gable's birthday. In an ad in HR for the film, Jack Robbins of the M-G-M music publishing company thanks Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown for their work on the film. In another part of the same ad, Brown and Freed thank Sam Katz "for your guidance and co-operation." The exact contribution of Katz to the film has not been determined. This was the third of M-G-M's "Broadway Melody" pictures. For additional information on the films, consult the entries for Broadway Melody of 1936 and Broadway Melody of 1940 ... More Less

An early working title for the film was Broadway Melody of 1937 . Some reviews list a preview running time of 115 minutes. According to an HR news item, photographer Ray June replaced William Daniels in mid-Apr 1937 while Daniels was recuperating from an operation. Other news items note that actress Binnie Barnes was borrowed from Universal for the production. The song "You Made Me Love You," originally written in 1913 by Joe McCarthy and James V. Monaco and preambled in the film by additional lyrics by Roger Edens entitled "Dear Mr. Gable," was praised for excellence by most reviews and has frequently been cited in modern sources as Judy Garland's first great success in motion pictures. Modern sources note that the film was first sung by Garland at a party given by M-G-M in honor of Clark Gable's birthday. In an ad in HR for the film, Jack Robbins of the M-G-M music publishing company thanks Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown for their work on the film. In another part of the same ad, Brown and Freed thank Sam Katz "for your guidance and co-operation." The exact contribution of Katz to the film has not been determined. This was the third of M-G-M's "Broadway Melody" pictures. For additional information on the films, consult the entries for Broadway Melody of 1936 and Broadway Melody of 1940 . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
14 Aug 37
p. 3.
Film Daily
17 Aug 37
p. 41.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Aug 35
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Feb 37
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Mar 37
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Apr 37
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Feb 37
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Aug 37
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Aug 37
pp. 9-24.
Motion Picture Daily
16 Aug 31
p. 2.
Motion Picture Daily
31 Aug 37
pp. 5-14.
Motion Picture Herald
12 Jun 37
p. 46, 53
Motion Picture Herald
21 Aug 37
p. 54.
MPSI
1 May 36
p. 15.
MPSI
1 Jul 37
p. 21.
New York Times
3 Sep 37
p. 12.
Variety
18 Aug 37
p. 27.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
Addl dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Fill-in photog
Mont eff
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus presentations by
Mus arr
Vocal and orch arr
Coaching singers
SOUND
Rec dir
DANCE
Dance Ensembles
STAND INS
Singing double for Eleanor Powell
SOURCES
SONGS
"The Toreador Song" from the opera Carmen , music by Georges Bizet, libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
"Figaro" from the opera Le nozze di Figaro , music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
"I'm Feeling Like a Million," "Everybody Sing," "Follow in My Footsteps," "Yours and Mine," "Your Broadway and My Broadway," music and lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed
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SONGS
"The Toreador Song" from the opera Carmen , music by Georges Bizet, libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
"Figaro" from the opera Le nozze di Figaro , music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
"I'm Feeling Like a Million," "Everybody Sing," "Follow in My Footsteps," "Yours and Mine," "Your Broadway and My Broadway," music and lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed
"Some of These Days," music and lyrics by Shelton Brooks
"You Made Me Love You--I Didn't Want to Do It," music by James V. Monoco, lyrics by Joseph McCarthy, with special lyrics for "Dear Mr. Gable" segment by Roger Edens.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
20 August 1937
Production Date:
late February--20 July 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Copyright Date:
16 August 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7366
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
110
Length(in reels):
12
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3392
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Millionaire Herman Whipple backs a new show to be produced and scored by Steve Raleigh when his wife Caroline is impressed by the handsome songwriter. Meanwhile, out-of-work dancers Sonny Ledford and Peter Trot get work in Baltimore training Mrs. Whipple's race horse,"Stargazer." After the horse loses a race because of an injured tendon, Mrs. Whipple decides to sell it. On the train back to New York, she is not happy to find Sally Lee, who had reared Stargazer, in the same car with the horse and his trainers and is more unhappy that Steve seems to be infaturated with Sally. Steve sees Sally dancing and asks Sonny, who is in love with her, to bring her to an audition for his new show, and despite everyone's opposition, he insists on making her the star. Because he, too, is now in love with Sally, he gives Whipple a promisory note for his own half of the show in exchange for a loan of $1200 to secretley help Sally buy Stargazer from the Whipples. Mrs. Whipple becomes jealous, however, and convinces her husband not to back the show if Sally is the star. Although Sally leaves the show, hoping to help Steve, he won't go through with it unless he can find financing for her to play the lead. When Sonny tells Sally that Steve was the person who really gave her the money to buy Stargazer, she is determined to use their $25,000 winnings from a big race to back the show. At first Stargazer shows no inclination to run after the starting gate, but when he hears co-owner Nicki Papaloopas singing "Figaro," his ... +


Millionaire Herman Whipple backs a new show to be produced and scored by Steve Raleigh when his wife Caroline is impressed by the handsome songwriter. Meanwhile, out-of-work dancers Sonny Ledford and Peter Trot get work in Baltimore training Mrs. Whipple's race horse,"Stargazer." After the horse loses a race because of an injured tendon, Mrs. Whipple decides to sell it. On the train back to New York, she is not happy to find Sally Lee, who had reared Stargazer, in the same car with the horse and his trainers and is more unhappy that Steve seems to be infaturated with Sally. Steve sees Sally dancing and asks Sonny, who is in love with her, to bring her to an audition for his new show, and despite everyone's opposition, he insists on making her the star. Because he, too, is now in love with Sally, he gives Whipple a promisory note for his own half of the show in exchange for a loan of $1200 to secretley help Sally buy Stargazer from the Whipples. Mrs. Whipple becomes jealous, however, and convinces her husband not to back the show if Sally is the star. Although Sally leaves the show, hoping to help Steve, he won't go through with it unless he can find financing for her to play the lead. When Sonny tells Sally that Steve was the person who really gave her the money to buy Stargazer, she is determined to use their $25,000 winnings from a big race to back the show. At first Stargazer shows no inclination to run after the starting gate, but when he hears co-owner Nicki Papaloopas singing "Figaro," his favorite song, over the load speaker, he gallops to first place. With enough money behind it, the show is a huge success and Sally and Steve look as if they will be more than business partners. +

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

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