Broadway Melody of 1938 Reviews

  • Jan 27, 2019

    The best movie song ever sung: Dear Mr. Gable (You Made Me Love You)!

    The best movie song ever sung: Dear Mr. Gable (You Made Me Love You)!

  • May 22, 2018

    The third "Broadway Melody" film has a strange blend of plot elements. George Murphy and Buddy Ebsen are a pair of itinerant vaudevillians who get a job taking care of a champion thoroughbred for Rayond Walburn. When the horse is injured during it's first race, it's former owner Eleanor Powell shows up trying to make sure it's well looked after. She follows the horse back to New York and decides that she could maybe get a job in a Broadway show. Luckily she meets Robert Taylor on the train, who has a new show being produced by Walburn, and Taylor decides she should star in his show. Sophie Tucker shows up as a retired Broadway performer who runs a boarding house for entertainers and is trying to get her daughter Judy Garland into show biz. Billy Gilbert is on hand as an Italian barber who helps Powell buy her horse back so she can enter it n the big race. After lots of plot machinations, Taylor puts on his big show with essentially everyone in the film's cast in it. It's great to see Garland 2 years before "The Wizard of Oz", as well as Buddy Ebsen in his comedic dancer phase. Among other odd threads in the flick, a man gives a long comedic speech about all the various types of sneezes.

    The third "Broadway Melody" film has a strange blend of plot elements. George Murphy and Buddy Ebsen are a pair of itinerant vaudevillians who get a job taking care of a champion thoroughbred for Rayond Walburn. When the horse is injured during it's first race, it's former owner Eleanor Powell shows up trying to make sure it's well looked after. She follows the horse back to New York and decides that she could maybe get a job in a Broadway show. Luckily she meets Robert Taylor on the train, who has a new show being produced by Walburn, and Taylor decides she should star in his show. Sophie Tucker shows up as a retired Broadway performer who runs a boarding house for entertainers and is trying to get her daughter Judy Garland into show biz. Billy Gilbert is on hand as an Italian barber who helps Powell buy her horse back so she can enter it n the big race. After lots of plot machinations, Taylor puts on his big show with essentially everyone in the film's cast in it. It's great to see Garland 2 years before "The Wizard of Oz", as well as Buddy Ebsen in his comedic dancer phase. Among other odd threads in the flick, a man gives a long comedic speech about all the various types of sneezes.

  • Jan 23, 2015

    The least interesting of the MGM "Broadway Melody" series, notable only for Garland's "Dear Mr. Gable - You Made Me Love You" sequence and a gargantuan finale.

    The least interesting of the MGM "Broadway Melody" series, notable only for Garland's "Dear Mr. Gable - You Made Me Love You" sequence and a gargantuan finale.

  • Jan 01, 2014

    Stunning Elanor Powell dances, great music highlight all time tops MGM musical.

    Stunning Elanor Powell dances, great music highlight all time tops MGM musical.

  • Oct 11, 2013

    An extremely fun & fluffy MGM Musical that was actually the first feature film of Judy Garland & we all know what happened to her career. Wildly silly but charming to the tee the story of charismatic everyday people (2 guys & a girl) meeting a Broadway Producer & want to strike it big on stage. Filled with great musical numbers & fun subplots the film is simply easy watching. The grand number at the end is fantastic. They made a few Broadway Melodies but many sight this film as the most endearing.

    An extremely fun & fluffy MGM Musical that was actually the first feature film of Judy Garland & we all know what happened to her career. Wildly silly but charming to the tee the story of charismatic everyday people (2 guys & a girl) meeting a Broadway Producer & want to strike it big on stage. Filled with great musical numbers & fun subplots the film is simply easy watching. The grand number at the end is fantastic. They made a few Broadway Melodies but many sight this film as the most endearing.

  • Nov 08, 2012

    2.5: It is rather amusing that even back in 1938 there were already Hollywood musicals that paid homage to of the magic of Broadway in a nostalgic manner. I'm not sure why, but Broadway has never really held all that much fascination for me. It's probably because I didn't grow up with the theater in the same way, at least not the Broadway version, nor have I ever followed it religiously or studied it academically. The opposite is of course true of the world of film and Hollywood. If they approached Broadway from a nostalgic point of view back then, what does that say about us today? Of course this could have been both a snide way of asserting Hollywood's cultural dominance, an admission that Broadway had a major influence on the world of Hollywood, and a way in which to bring the wonderful world of Broadway straight into your neighborhood movie theater. The story is pretty typical and straightforward for a musical, meaning it is somewhat comforting and has it's own unique spin that inevitably means nothing is actually different. The dancing is really quite good, largely thanks to Eleanor Powell. She is superb. It isn't Astaire and Rogers, but this isn't her fault. The Broadway Melody series of pictures is perfectly adequate, but it definitely didn't produce a screen gem anywhere near the level of Gold Diggers of 35, even if the other films in the Gold Diggers are somewhat inferior.

    2.5: It is rather amusing that even back in 1938 there were already Hollywood musicals that paid homage to of the magic of Broadway in a nostalgic manner. I'm not sure why, but Broadway has never really held all that much fascination for me. It's probably because I didn't grow up with the theater in the same way, at least not the Broadway version, nor have I ever followed it religiously or studied it academically. The opposite is of course true of the world of film and Hollywood. If they approached Broadway from a nostalgic point of view back then, what does that say about us today? Of course this could have been both a snide way of asserting Hollywood's cultural dominance, an admission that Broadway had a major influence on the world of Hollywood, and a way in which to bring the wonderful world of Broadway straight into your neighborhood movie theater. The story is pretty typical and straightforward for a musical, meaning it is somewhat comforting and has it's own unique spin that inevitably means nothing is actually different. The dancing is really quite good, largely thanks to Eleanor Powell. She is superb. It isn't Astaire and Rogers, but this isn't her fault. The Broadway Melody series of pictures is perfectly adequate, but it definitely didn't produce a screen gem anywhere near the level of Gold Diggers of 35, even if the other films in the Gold Diggers are somewhat inferior.

  • Jan 26, 2011

    The best part was Judy Garland singing to a Clark Gable photograph "dear Mr Gable you made me love you" what a sweet moment in movie history! Of course Eleanor Powell just fantastic amazing tap dancer!!! And Robert Taylor a hot leading men. Great story and production =)

    The best part was Judy Garland singing to a Clark Gable photograph "dear Mr Gable you made me love you" what a sweet moment in movie history! Of course Eleanor Powell just fantastic amazing tap dancer!!! And Robert Taylor a hot leading men. Great story and production =)

  • Mar 24, 2010

    Not as musically inspiring as the others, but still fun to watch.

    Not as musically inspiring as the others, but still fun to watch.

  • Aug 30, 2009

    A few great songs and some superb hoofing from Eleanor Powell breathe life into this predictable storyline.

    A few great songs and some superb hoofing from Eleanor Powell breathe life into this predictable storyline.

  • jay n Super Reviewer
    Apr 29, 2009

    Judy sings and Buddy and Eleanor dance both worth checking out the rest is just ordinary.

    Judy sings and Buddy and Eleanor dance both worth checking out the rest is just ordinary.