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In New York City, the dance team of Johnny Brett (Fred Astaire) and King Shaw (George Murphy) are at the bottom of the heap, and barely scraping by in dance halls. When a producer, Bob Casey (Frank Morgan), catches sight of Brett's moves, he wants to cast him as the dance partner of the Broadway star Clare Bennett (Eleanor Powell). However, after some misdirection and confusion, Shaw becomes Bennett's partner instead, but Brett still has some dancing to do when Shaw fails to perform.

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Critic Reviews for Broadway Melody of 1940

All Critics (5) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (1)

  • (The) final number "Begin the Beguine" is perhaps one (Astaire's) most graceful set pieces, but the film itself feels rather tired, and the formula for these large scale showbiz musicals that dazzled in the 1930s was beginning to wear thin.

    May 4, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Cole Porter contributes a handful of tunes, with the showstopper being the climactic presentation of "Begin the Beguine" - sung and staged not once but twice.

    April 23, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • ... 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.

    April 6, 2008 | Full Review…
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    October 5, 2006 | Rating: 4/5
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    June 13, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Broadway Melody of 1940

  • Dec 22, 2013
    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 n Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2009
    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 T Super Reviewer

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