Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.more
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


Fred Astaire
as Johnny Brett
Eleanor Powell
as Clara Bennett
George Murphy
as King Shaw
Frank Morgan
as Bob Casey
Ian Hunter
as Bert C. Matthews
Florence Rice
as Amy Blake
Lynne Carver
as Emmy Lou Lee
Douglas McPhail
as Masked Singer
Irving Bacon
as Soda Jerk
Herman Bing
as Silhouettist
Gladys Blake
as Miss Martin
George Chandler
as Mr. Jones
Joseph Crehan
as Ballroom Manager
James Flavin
as Ballroom Worker
William Tannen
as Emmy Lou's Friend
Barbara Jo Allen
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
Top Critic

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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