The Broadway Melody Reviews
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.
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)
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.
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.