• EvanstonDad

    ★½ Added by EvanstonDad

    Despite its Oscar nomination for Best Original Story, the plot of "Broadway Melody of 1936" could fit on a toothpick. And what little there is moves forward at a glacial pace, completely stopped from time to time by a lavish musical number warbled out in supreme 1930s style.

    Though I prefer musicals post-"Oklahoma!", when songs were integrated into the plot rather than existing as stand-alone numbers strung together by the thinnest of stories, I'm not resistant to the charms of…

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  • David M.K.

    ★★★ Watched by David M.K. 23 Nov, 2016 7

    Letterboxd People: Please, David... we're desperate af for a review of Broadway Melody of 1936. If you don't give us one, we may lose all hope and our lives will be ruined forever (or at least the next two minutes). Please don't abandon us in our hour of need.

    David: Welp. Okey-dokey. If you insist...

    Buddy Ebsen delivers one of the creepiest non-intentionally-creepy cinematic performances in (my) recent memory. I mean, seriously. I don't know what it is about this…

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  • Greg_Wood

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Greg_Wood 21 Nov, 2016

    director roy del ruth + busby berkley= damn good musical

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  • Not Pauline Kael

    Added by Not Pauline Kael

    An MGM musical with Eleanor Powell (a dynamo, all right, but she manages to be wholesome even in glittering top hat and tails), Robert Taylor, Buddy Ebsen, Jack Benny, Frances Langford, Una Merkel, and June Knight. A good score by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown includes "I Gotta Feelin' You're Foolin'," "You Are My Lucky Star," and "Broadway Rhythm." Roy Del Ruth directed.

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  • RyanSmallwood

    Watched by RyanSmallwood 04 Sep, 2016

    Eleanor Powell!! Eleanor Powell!! Eleanor Powell!!!!!!


    So I was really enjoying this fun musical and then suddenly holy moly Eleanor Powell!! 
    Eleanor Powell!! 
    Eleanor Powell!!

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  • Jeff King

    ★★★★ Watched by Jeff King 04 Sep, 2016

    Well this caught me completely off guard. I expected to dislike it, given that it's a rare thing from the 1930s where a film obviously made to showcase dance routines lands with me. Astaire/Rogers are the notable exception and even their films are somewhat light on plot, in favor of the dance routines.

    It's not exactly heavy on story, but it doesn't lack for that. The story of a news columnist looking to break new ground with gossip writing, and…

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  • Andrew R.

    ★★ Added by Andrew R.

    At least this doesn't make fun of stutterers.

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  • Amelia

    ★★★ Watched by Amelia 07 Jul, 2016

    Things I liked about this film: the star power, Robert Taylor is one of the most gorgeous men to ever grace this earth, he's adorable. I love Eleanor Powell; she was such an amazing dancer and her character was adorable. Una Merkel, Sid Silvers, and Buddy & Velma Ebsen I love them all. Yeah, Robert Taylor doesn't have the most amazing voice but I enjoyed him singing in the beginning of the film and at the end. I loved some of…

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  • washington

    ★★★½ Watched by washington 09 May, 2016

    Nothing special and the snoring guy goes on way to long and should not have been reprised, but otherwise it's a fun fluffy little thing you'd never expect to be nominated for best picture but are thankful when it happens. It's funny and goofy with a lovely Eleanor Powell performance, we were damned when her Kelly pairing fell through, and a slimy in the funnest fashion Jack Benny which is really all it needs.

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  • hugoball49

    ★★★½ Watched by hugoball49 27 Feb, 2016

    Starts off very strongly, then eventually tones down to something that is still moderately enjoyable throughout.

    You are my lucky star.

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  • dadgumblah

    ★★★★½ Added by dadgumblah

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Fine musical starring Eleanor Powell, Robert Taylor, Jack Benny, and Una Merkel. Taylor is a broadway musical producer who needs backing for his new show and is financed by June Knight, who is very unscrupulous and has romantic designs on Taylor in exchange for her money. Powell is an old friend of Taylor who comes from the same hometown and whom he doesn't recognize at first, which irks her. But they get together and he has romantic feelings which bothers…

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  • ToTheMovies

    ★★★ Watched by ToTheMovies 02 Feb, 2016

    Good

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