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Main Street to Broadway (1953)

Main Street to Broadway




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A genuine novelty, MGM's Main Street to Broadway offers the modern viewer a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of the 1953 theatrical scene. The main plot concerns aspiring playwright Tony Monaco (Tom Burton), who pins his future on the possibility that Tallulah Bankhead will star in his first Broadway production. Along the way, Tony imagines that Tallulah has fallen in love with him, but faithful girlfriend Mary Craig (Mary Murphy) hangs around to pick up the pieces. Except for an amusing sequence in which Bankhead imagines herself as the sweet ingenue in a domestic comedy, the storyline can be dispensed with. The principal attraction of Main Street to Broadway is its glittering array of Manhattanite guest stars, including Ethel and Lionel Barrymore, Gertrude Berg, Shirley Booth, Helen Hayes, Leo Durocher, Fay Emerson, Joshua Logan, Mary Martin, Lilli Palmer and John Van Druten. In the film's best scene, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein Jr. come up with an "instant song"--the now-forgotten "There's Music in You"--then perform it for the amusement of their friends, with Rodgers on the piano and Hammerstein rendering the vocals!more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
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Written By: Samson Raphaelson, Robert E. Sherwood


Tom Morton
as The Playwright - Ton...
Agnes Moorehead
as Mildred Waterbury
Herb Shriner
as Frank Johnson
Mary Murphy
as Mary Craig
Rosemary De Camp
as Mrs. Craig
Rosemary DeCamp
as Mrs. Craig
Leo Durocher
as Himself
Faye Emerson
as Herself
Rex Harrison
as Himself
Helen Hayes
as Herself
Joshua Logan
as Himself
Mary Martin
as Herself
Lilli Palmer
as Herself
Cornel Wilde
as Himself
Bill Rigney
as Himself
Florence Bates
as Mrs. Bessmer in Fant...
Madge Kennedy
as Mrs. Cope in Fantasy...
Carl Benton Reid
as Judge Robbins in Fan...
Frank Ferguson
as Mr. Cope in Fantasy ...
Robert Bray
as Lawyer in Fantasy Se...
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