The Broadway Melody

The Broadway Melody

DVD - 2005
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This is the first musical to win a Best Picture Oscar. Anita Page and Bessie Love star as two sisters in love with the same man.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2005.
Edition: Standard version, special edition
ISBN: 9780790748344
0790748347
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE MUSICAL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.

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biffblack
Oct 15, 2016

Totally WORTHLESS. This agonizingly inept "Best Picture" Oscar-winner proves that the Academy's problems didn't begin with Crash. The Academy has NEVER had any taste at all, and this dreadful dud confirms what we have already known all along. No good songs, even. Horrible "acting." Just ghastly.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jul 07, 2016

GOOD 1929 b/w (color version apparently got 'lost' in the past) of film attributed as first 'movie musical'.
It's important to evaluate BOTH in terms of its historical significance AND its viewing merits. The film itself is definitely a Broadway troupe 'revue' and so bounces back and forth between acting, dancing, whatever...
I did enjoy the acting of both Anita Page and Bessie Love, and also the terrific various filmed dance stagings. The toe tap dancing scene featuring Joyce Murray was especially good; hard to find examples of that particular flavor of dancing. The 'Wedding of the Painted Doll' sequence was elaborate and particularly good,
This film is 'cream in the can' and includes considerable late 20's 'street talk', some of which is still used today - like 'beat it'.
It's definitely a period piece - and, especially given it's very early status, one I'm glad I watched as I continue exploring the world of film musicals.
Oh, and the Van and Schenk duo singing medley bonus and the whacky costumed dogs playing humans comedy were entertaining/fun, too.

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Nursebob
Jan 16, 2015

Catfights and heartbreak abound in this roaring twenties fairytale which follows the trials and tribulations of two naïve sisters from the American heartland as they vie for fame and romance on New York’s “Great White Way”. This early talkie boasts some terribly camp song & dance numbers along with enough bitchy humour and racy lingerie to keep modern audiences mildly amused. There’s even a mincing homo costumer to show us just how far Hollywood’s gay stereotypes haven’t come in the intervening eighty years. The glitzy deco sets are wonderful but the blatant overacting and mortuary make-up hearken back to the worst days of silent films. A frothy little melodrama that’s as shallow as a producer’s soul.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Nov 01, 2013

Released in 1929 - The Broadway Melody is a somewhat difficult movie to review since one feels that with every comment they make they must be reminding the readers that this was one of the very first all-sound pictures to come out of Hollywood._____ Set against the backstage hubbub of an elaborate Broadway musical revue that's being financed by big-shot, Frank Zanfield, The Broadway Melody's all-too-familiar plot revolves around the romances, the heartaches, and the struggles of certain prominent cast members who are appearing in the show._____ Even though The Broadway Melody (now 85 years old) wasn't a particularly good picture, it was interesting to view it in the context of its significance and value in the history of early moviemaking._____ *Trivia note* - Back in 1929 movies generally had an admission price of 35 cents. With that in mind - This picture grossed nearly $4 million upon its initial release.

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