The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

The Barkleys of Broadway Videos & Photos

Movie Info

This film is a reunion of the famed light-footed team of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. They appear as Josh and Dinah Barclay, a sparring married comedy team who split up then make up and return to the bright lights of Broadway.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Sidney Sheldon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 16, 2005
MGM Home Entertainment


as Josh Barkley

as Dinah Barkley

as Mrs. Livingston Beln...

as Ezra Millar

as Shirlene May

as Jacques Barredout

as The Judge

as Bert Felsher

as Pamela Driscoll

as Gloria Amboy

as First Woman

as Second Woman

as Ladislaus Ladi

as Taxi Driver

as Mr. Perkins

as Guest in Theater Lob...

as Guest in Theater Lob...

as Guest in Theater Lob...

as Guest in Theater Lob...

as Apartment Doorman

as Chauffeur

as Stage Doorman

as Sarah's Mother

as Sarah's Aunt

as Genevieve

as Clementine

as Ticket Man

as First Man

as Photographer

as Photographer

as Actress

as Doorman at Theater

as Taxi Driver
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for The Barkleys of Broadway

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for The Barkleys of Broadway

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

It isn't very witty - although it's supposed to be - and it isn't really satire, in the sense of Singin' in the Rain or The Band Wagon.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Though one of their weakest teaming, it's worth seeing this late (and last) Astaire-Rogers musical for historical reasons; Rogers replaced the ailing Judy Garland.

Full Review… | March 24, 2012

Astaire and Rogers last teaming, and full of wit, music, dance, and comedy.

February 18, 2008

Audience Reviews for The Barkleys of Broadway

The tenth and final in a long Rogers and Astaire saga, the Barkleys emphasize all the real life struggles of the pair: Rogers trying her hand at being a serious actress, the pair's unprecedented hospitality in their real life partnership, and the follies of show business. Including one of Rogers most dramatic and sensational turns, and a shoe stepping routine unheard of in musical theater, the Barkleys took Broadway and the film industry by storm.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

A decade after their ninth and final film together, Rogers and Astaire were paired together again, thanks to a twist of fate. Although Judy Garland was originally cast to star opposite Fred Astaire, she became ill, and Ginger Rogers was tapped to replace her. And as an added bonus: Geez that Oscar Levant is a monster talent. The man appointed by George Gershwin to interpret his music, Levant proves again his musical and his acting ability. For historical purposes, if for nothing else, this Rogers and Astaire tenth and final project together must be seen.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer


Being Fred and Ginger's last movie together, I'm glad this was the movie of theirs that I've seen, having now watched all of them. Seeing them in color was ineresting, and Ginger is just so beautiful. Supposedly the plot mirrors Fred and Ginger's real life relationship (other than the romance and the marriage). The shoe shop scene is well done, and although they don't really dance much together in this movie, their "benefit" number really is an exclamation point on their careers. Ginger probably never looked more beautiful (or sexy) in that white dress, and her acting during the scene is wonderful; you can literally see the passion her character (still) has for her husband, just a very erotic scene. She also looks great in her pink dress at the end in their little (and last) number. Ginger's acting in her dancing scenes with Fred is a large part of why they are THE musical couple.

The Barkleys of Broadway Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Barkleys of Broadway on our Movie forum!