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Lullaby of Broadway (1951)

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Warner Bros. made good use of its backlog of Harry Warren/Al Dubin tunes in its 1951 Doris Day musical Lullaby of Broadway. Day plays an American musical comedy star who comes back from a successful London engagement to visit her mother Gladys George. A once-great Broadway star herself, George is now living in drunken poverty, but this fact has been carefully hidden from Day by lovable millionaire S.Z. Sakall, who lives in the mansion once owned by Ms. George. Sakall arranges for George to pretend to still be the lady of the manor and to host a party in Day's honor. During the reception, love blooms between Day and Broadway hoofer Gene Nelson. There are several breakups and reconciliations involving a number of characters before the big-money finale. While the musical highlights in Lullaby of Broadway are consummately produced, the script (based on a story by Earl Baldwin) occasionally falls flat, especially when striving for laughs. The best comic bit is a throwaway: Sakall enjoys a nocturnal bottle of beer, which in closeup is advertised as "The Beer That Made Cincinnati Famous" -- Cincinnati being, of course, Doris Day's home town.

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Cast

Doris Day
as Melinda Howard
Gene Nelson
as Tom Farnham
Gladys George
as Jessica Howard
S.Z. Sakall
as Adolph Hubbell
Billy De Wolfe
as `Lefty' Mack
Florence Bates
as Mrs. Hubbell
Anne Triola
as Gloria Davis
Hanley Stafford
as George Ferndel
Murray Alper
as Joe the bartender
Hans Herbert
as Headwaiter
The De Mattiazas
as Specialty Act
Arlyne Roberts
as Blonde Showgirl
Jimmy Aubrey
as Steward
Bess Flowers
as Passenger on Ship
Arlyn Roberts
as Blonde showgirl
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Critic Reviews for Lullaby of Broadway

All Critics (3)

A lively fluff musical romantic comedy filled with old reliable songs.

Full Review… | August 28, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The plot is banal, but some of the musical numbers are good, and it's an enjoyable film due to Doris Day, on her way to major stardom.

Full Review… | April 3, 2012
EmanuelLevy.Com

Grand Warners musical of '50s w/star Doris Day.

March 20, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Lullaby of Broadway

½

A good story for a musical, but I didn't think the songs were all that great, it might have been better if they fit what was going on in the movie. Overall, an okay movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Sweet old fashioned musical withe a very effervescent Doris Day and a wonderful supporting cast. Great music, colorful production.

James Higgins
James Higgins
½

early doris, very average. great songs and gladys george gives a fine performance, better then the movie deserves really.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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