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The Broadway Melody Reviews

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May 23, 2016
I've seen a lot of older movies, and I really have to say, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. It's bland, boring, and frankly, the acting is really bad. Overacting, bad writing and over-the-top dance sequences make this a no-show for the greatest best picture winners.
½ May 15, 2015
Although some absolutely despise 2002's "Chicago," "The Broadway Melody" has it well beat for the title of 'Worst Musical to Ever Win Best Picture.'
April 25, 2012
great escapist fun also first talkie and first musical to win best picture Oscar.
August 7, 2015
I was worried The Broadway Melody of 1929 was just going to be series of full-length musical acts (a la The Great Ziegfeld), but it actually has an interesting story to go along with the musical numbers. The acting is pretty awful, though. It feels like some of the actors are reading from cue cards. Still, since I can't think of a better film from that time, I guess it deserves the Best Picture award.
August 6, 2015
Interesting drama.

Two sisters, Queenie and Hank Mahoney (played by Anita Page and Bessie Love respectively), arrive on Broadway. A friend, Eddie Kerns (played by Charles King), needs them for a number in a musical show. What follows is their struggles to be noticed and make it on Broadway, plus the intrigues, often romantic, that threaten to tear them apart.

Quite engaging. Page and Love are great, and every watchable, as the sisters.
Has some funny moments too. The banter between the cast and crew during rehearsals, especially the band leader and singers, was great.

Don't be put off by the "musical" tag. Most of the music occurs naturally, as part of the shows. There is at least one random singing-instead-of-talking scene though, but at least it's not as bad or prevalent as most musicals.

On the negative side, the romantic aspect can be a bit overly and unnecessarily melodramatic though. It often feels like what is represented as intrigue is really not that intriguing. Some parts are just dull, and the ending is bit lacklustre.

The Broadway Melody won the 1930 Best Picture Oscar and was thus the third winner of Best Picture. Was the first talking picture to win Best Picture. Is also regarded as the first musical to win Best Picture, though, as mentioned, it is not really a musical, thankfully.
August 5, 2015
One of the first movie musicals, so that's cool that they figured out how to do that. We've come along way.... A few good jokes. Otherwise, modernly, this show is so, like, whatever.
½ March 3, 2015
It's not aged very well, though it's commendable for being one of the first film musicals and the second Best Picture winner. Still, I don't like musicals of this sort where the songs are set pieces rather than part of the plot.
½ January 22, 2015
Its age proves that it has a nice taste and still showing how talented it is with enough qualifications that got its Best Picture win, as well being likable. But the part about being watchable is questionable by its pros & cons. The cons are that its melodramatic based on its ridiculous direction as a musical, which surprisingly is a rare one that you want it to be over so you don't have to sit through all the drama.

But, however, that may have been the intention on the storytelling poking fun on how fame works while showing two equal sides with the same dream, and each stand for the sympathy effect of rejection and the ridiculous way of how fame works. That may be the asset the film was using even it'd aged with melodrama while clinging on its good taste and being talented as an early, somewhat classic musical. (B)

(Full review coming soon)
½ September 20, 2014
The only reason I got it was b/c it won Best Picture back in 1929. I'd hate to see what the losers were like. The story of 2 midwestern sisters trying to take their act to NY (& Broadway). Horribly acted, or maybe it was a sign of the times -- although Bessie Love wasn't bad). Not my cup of tea, but not bad either. A bit progressive for the times....
½ August 25, 2010
(First and only viewing - 8/25/2010)
June 26, 2014
Historically interesting, but not much else. The Broadway Melody is just a well made collection of already done ideas, even by the time.
Is not a bad movie by any means; in fact, if you transport yourself to 1929 and consider the tools available to the people involved, you kind of see why it won the Oscar for Best Movie.
The acting is a mix between cheesy overacting and quite good acting, but nothing memorable about them or the characters they portrait.
Something that might for sure entertain is the music, but only if you enjoy the kind of music Broadway used in the era. The singing, together with the clichè Broadway dancing are very good for what they are and enjoyable.
Bottom line: Is not a memorable movie at all, but for what it is, is quite... passable, and well made for the time.
½ June 26, 2014
A couple amusing dance numbers, and really unmemorable characters to support. Just really not all that impressive.
½ February 14, 2014
Clumsy and uninspired dance numbers and dialogue often creepier than it realizes are saved by some good comic relief. To be honest, the whole thing is pretty bad. If you happen to come across "The Dogville Melody" on the DVD, watch it afterwards, it's just the film shortened and remade with dogs, it's much better.
February 8, 2014
The granddaddy of all movie musicals seems clunky by today's standards, but its influence of the film musical can't be denied.
February 2, 2014
The first "talkie" to win the Academy Award for Best Picture sure doesn't disappoint. Charles King, Anita Page, and Bessie Love, who was nominated for Best Actress, give outstanding performances. A fun, music and dance filled movie that shouldn't be missed.
½ April 13, 2012
The dialogue is frequently cringe-worthy, the acting is less than stellar (except Bessie Love who shines in the lead role), and it has a cheap stage theater look about that certainly makes it hard to credit this early Best Picture winner. But overall, the film has its charming moments and finds a good balance between story, music, and dance.
July 19, 2012
My Favorite Academy Award For Best Picture Winner Is 1993's Schindler's List.
July 1, 2011
With its poor singing, awful camera work, bad writing, horrible acting, and laughable plot, this is easily one of the worst movies of all time.
½ April 21, 2013
It's not 1935, it's 1929. The second Best Picture Academy Award winner. Prototypical New York Broadway movie from the 20s. It was made during the transition from silent to talkies. One can tell by the somewhat less than smooth treatment of audio, by today's standards.
I love the one girl who looks at the new york skyline & talks about it being the place she's always dreamed of... despite having a thicker Brooklyn accent than Bugs Bunny.
I guess the lesson is that 1929 is not all that different from today. If you take your clothes off on stage, you will be famous. (why exactly did they laud her performance? she literally stood there pretending to be a statue with no pants...not kidding.)
It's not as great as the academy thought, and not as bad as contemporary viewers think.
March 21, 2013
Rating applies to 1929's 'The Broadway Melody,' not 'Broadway Melody of 1936.'
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