Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)





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An inept dancer is mistakenly offered the lead in a Broadway show as his talented partner attempts to coach him in preparation. His drinking makes it impossible for him to perform, so his partner dons a mask and performs for him, impressing the audience and the leading lady. Before too long, his identity is exposed but all ends well. Starring Fred Astaire, George Murphy and Eleanor Powell, this musical features well-known songs by Cole Porter.

Rating: G
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Leon Gordon, George Oppenheimer, Walter de Leon, Preston Sturges, Albert Mannheimer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 22, 2003
MGM Home Entertainment


as Johnny Brett

as Clara Bennett

as King Shaw

as Bob Casey

as Bert C. Matthews

as Amy Blake

as Emmy Lou Lee

as Pearl

as Masked Singer

as Soda Jerk

as Silhouettist

as Miss Martin

as Mr. Jones

as Ballroom Manager

as O'Grady

as Ballroom Worker

as George

as Dan

as Emmy Lou's Friend

as Receptionist [uncred...
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Critic Reviews for Broadway Melody of 1940

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | February 11, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

... another ridiculous story that justifies itself in the historic one-time-only pairing of MGM's Queen of Tap Powell and the cinematic grace incarnate Fred Astaire.

Full Review… | April 6, 2008

October 5, 2006

June 13, 2005

Audience Reviews for Broadway Melody of 1940

The through story is pure piffle but it doesn't matter whenever Fred or Eleanor dance which is a great deal of the time. Lush and entertaining.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


This just in: A crack team of research scientists have determined that it is physiologically impossible to have the blues and watch a Fred Astaire dance routine at the same time. :)

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell .. they're simply AMAZING to watch together! The movie itself isn't that great. This pairing gets the 5 star rating.

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