Broadway Melody Of 1940

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Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell and George Murphy sing and dance to the music of Cole Porter in this musical spectacular about the problems that arise when the wrong partner of a ballroom dance team lands a starring role on the Great White Way in Broadway... read more
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Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell and George Murphy sing and dance to the music of Cole Porter in this musical spectacular about the problems that arise when the wrong partner of a ballroom dance team lands a starring role on the Great White Way in Broadway Melody of 1940. In a case of mistaken identity, King Shaw (Murphy) is cast to star on Broadway—resulting an inflated ego for Shaw and a big headache for the theatrical company. Rather than stand in his way, King's much-more talented partner, Johnny Brett (Astaire), coaches Shaw for his starring role. But when King arrives late and drunk on opening night, the true star goes on stage--and triumphs. Featuring Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell in a six-minute tap dance finale to Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine."

Original Release

02/09/1940

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Cast

Eleanor Powell Clare Bennett
Florence Rice Amy Blake
Frank Morgan Bob Casey
Fred Astaire Johnny Brett
George Murphy King Shaw
Ian Hunter Bert C. Matthews
Lynne Carver Emmy Lou Lee
Libby Taylor Angel
Ann Morriss Pearl
George Chandler Mr. Jones
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Norman Taurog

Writers

Leon Gordon, George Oppenheimer, Jack McGowan, Dore Schary, Preston Sturges, Walter DeLeon, Vincent Lawrence, Albert Mannheimer, Eddie Moran, Thomas Phipps, Sid Silvers

Cast

Eleanor Powell Clare Bennett
Florence Rice Amy Blake
Frank Morgan Bob Casey
Fred Astaire Johnny Brett
George Murphy King Shaw
Ian Hunter Bert C. Matthews
Lynne Carver Emmy Lou Lee
Libby Taylor Angel
Ann Morriss Pearl
George Chandler Mr. Jones
Gladys Blake Miss Martin / Miss Martin (First Bride)
Mary Field Second Bride
Irving Bacon Orange Stand Counterman
James Flavin Clancy
Joe Yule Dan
Trixie Firschke Juggler
Bess Flowers Nightclub Patron
Carol Adams Dancer
Barbara Jo Allen Ms. Konk
Charlotte Arren Singer

Producers

Editors

Blanche Sewell

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