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Stars Over Broadway (1935)

Al is a down on his luck promoter who is thinking of taking the final bow when he meets Jan, the singing porter. He sees something in Jan so he signs him to a contract. Al works odd jobs to... See full summary »

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William Keighley

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Jerry Wald (screen play), Julius J. Epstein (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pat O'Brien ... Al McGillevray
Jane Froman ... Joan Garrett
James Melton ... Jan King
Jean Muir ... Nora Wyman
Frank McHugh ... Offkey Cramer
Eddie Conrad ... Freddy
William Ricciardi ... Minotti
Marie Wilson ... Molly
Frank Fay ... Announcer
E.E. Clive ... Crane
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Al is a down on his luck promoter who is thinking of taking the final bow when he meets Jan, the singing porter. He sees something in Jan so he signs him to a contract. Al works odd jobs to pay for Jan's singing lessons and drops the idea of Opera when he learns that it will take years. He has him sing in a nightclub and from there it is up. But Jan soon starts missing lessons and rehearsals and hits the bottle so the partnership between Al and Jan ends. Soon Jan is also unemployed and Al pays the professor to take him to Italy to see if he will be able to sing Opera. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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USA

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English | Italian | Yiddish

Release Date:

23 November 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Estrelas da Broadway See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast took place Sunday 23 September 1956 in San Diego CA on KFSD (Channel 10); it first aired in Tucson Thursday 28 March 1957 on KGUN (Channel 9), in San Francisco Sunday 23 June 1957 on KRON (Channel 4) and in Wichita Wednesday 24 July 1957 on KAKE (Channel 10). See more »

Soundtracks

Celeste Aïda
(1871) (uncredited)
From "Aïda"
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Lyrics by Antonio Ghislanzoni
Performed by James Melton while rehearsing and at the audition
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Beautiful singing is the highlight of the film
5 December 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Pat O'Brien is a washed up talent manager who meets a singing hotel porter (James Melton) in "Stars Over Broadway," a 1935 film from Warner Brothers. The film also stars Jean Muir and Jane Froman.

O'Brien is Al McGillevray, a broke manager, who, as he's contemplating suicide, hears a porter sing and decides to take him on. The tenor's stage name becomes "Jan King," and his rise to fame is a bit too fast. He starts to enjoy his social life and the accompanying alcohol more than the high notes. Adding to the problem is that Al has fallen for an ambitious young singer (Jean Muir) who wants him to manage her.

O'Brien does a great job as a man trying to work out his life and what it is that he really wants. The surprise for me here was Jane Froman, whom I only knew from the film "With a Song in My Heart," in which she was portrayed by Susan Hayward. Froman is not only absolutely gorgeous, but her lush voice is equally beautiful (I did at least remember that she was a wonderful singer). In 1943, she was in a horrible plane crash and almost had to have her leg amputated, though she kept on entertaining. Why she wasn't featured in films more before her accident is beyond me.

The career trajectory of the tenor in the film actually matches James Melton's, minus the booze. He started out as a popular singer, but during the Depression, his kind of high, bright singing voice went out of style and was replaced by the more baritone sounds from the likes of Bing Crosby and Russ Columbo. Already classically trained, Melton returned to his operatic roots, eventually making his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Tamino in "The Magic Flute." Tamino would be a signature role for him at the Met, and he also performed the tenor roles in Lucia, Don Giovanni, Mignon, La Traviata, and Madama Butterfly during his 8 years there. Melton continued to have a great career later in concerts and clubs. He was very pleasant looking and a nice personality, so it's no wonder he was picked up for films, however briefly. In the movie, he sings several songs that were mainstays of his concerts as well as "Celeste Aida," in which he sounds fabulous.

Entertaining, and if you like beautiful singing, you'll enjoy "Stars Over Broadway."


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