The Broadway Melody

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OSCAR WINNER: Best Picture MGM pulled out all the stops for its first talking motion picture, The Broadway Melody of 1929, setting a new standard for big-budget films and establishing an archetype for decades of movie musicals to follow. The... read more
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OSCAR WINNER: Best Picture MGM pulled out all the stops for its first talking motion picture, The Broadway Melody of 1929, setting a new standard for big-budget films and establishing an archetype for decades of movie musicals to follow. The Great White Way truly becomes the Street of Broken Dreams when sisters Queenie and Hank Mahoney (Anita Page and Bessie Love) follow Hank's boyfriend, Eddie Kearns (Charles King), to Manhattan with visions of stardom. While in New York, Eddie and Queenie become attracted to each other, but unwilling to betray her sister, Queenie dates a feckless cad. Now, Hank must sort out the tangle of aspirations and emotions that form this tragic love triangle. With Academy Award nominations for "Best Director" (Harry Beaumont) and "Best Actress" (Bessie Love), and featuring the songs "You Were Meant For Me," "Broadway Melody" and "The Wedding of the Painted Doll," The Broadway Melody of 1929 became the first musical to win the "Best Picture" Oscar.

Original Release

05/10/1929

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Cast

Anita Page Queenie Mahoney
Bessie Love Hank Mahoney
Charles King Eddie Kearns
Jed Prouty Uncle Jed
Mary Doran Flo
James Gleason Music Publisher
Edward Dillon Dillon - Stage Manager
Carla Laemmle Specialty Dancer
J. Emmett Beck Babe Hatrick
Nacio Herb Brown Pianist
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Harry Beaumont

Writers

Edmund Goulding, James Gleason, Earl Baldwin, Sarah Y. Mason, Norman Houston

Cast

Anita Page Queenie Mahoney
Bessie Love Hank Mahoney
Charles King Eddie Kearns
Jed Prouty Uncle Jed
Mary Doran Flo
James Gleason Music Publisher
Edward Dillon Dillon - Stage Manager
Carla Laemmle Specialty Dancer
J. Emmett Beck Babe Hatrick
Nacio Herb Brown Pianist
James Burrows Singer
Eddie Bush Quartet Guitarist and Singer
Ray Cooke Bellhop
Drew Demorest Turpe - Costumer
Arthur Freed Bystander in Rehearsal Room
Paul Gibbons Quartet Guitarist and Singer
Eddie Kane Francis Zanfield
Eddie Lang Guitar Player in Band
Carl M. Leviness Party Guest
Marshall Ruth Stew - Mr. Zanfield's Assistant

Producers

Editors

Sam Zimbalist, William LeVanway

1930 Oscar Best Picture Won
1930 Oscar Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
1930 Oscar Best Director Nominated
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