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Broadway (1942)

George Raft, playing himself, recalls his days on Broadway, where he acquired a reputation as a great dancer--and also one as a brawler, a ladies man and an associate of some of the city's most notorious gangsters.

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writers:

Felix Jackson (screenplay), John Bright (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Raft ... George Raft
Pat O'Brien ... Dan McCorn
Janet Blair ... Billie Moore
Broderick Crawford ... Steve Crandall
Marjorie Rambeau ... Lillian (Lil) Rice
Anne Gwynne ... Pearl
S.Z. Sakall ... Nick
Edward Brophy ... Porky (as Edward S. Brophy)
Marie Wilson ... Grace
Gus Schilling ... Joe
Ralf Harolde ... Dolph
Arthur Shields ... Pete Dailey
Iris Adrian ... Maisie
Janet Warren ... Ruby (as Elaine Morey)
Dorothy Moore ... Ann
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Storyline

George Raft, hoofer at the Paradise Club, shares his ambitions with his dancing partner, Billie Moore. She is also the quarry of Stave Crandall, a big-shot racketeer and bootlegger. When Steve bumps of "Scar" Edwards, from whom he has hijacked four truckloads of, the Paradise, where the shooting occurred, becomes the focal point of interest of Police Detective Dan McCorn. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1942 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadway efter midnatt See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "Broadway" opened at the Broadhurst Theater on September 26, 1926 and ran for 603 performances. See more »

Goofs

Despite the fact that the bulk of the story is taking place in the 1920s, all the women's hairstyles and fashions are strictly in the contemporary 1942 style. See more »

Quotes

Maisie: [to George Raft] You've got to get a classy name. That 'George Raft' is too ordinary.
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Remake of Broadway (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I
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Music by Harry Tierney
Lyrics by Bert Hanlon and Ben Ryan
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3 June 2012 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

"Broadway" is a semi-biopic/gangster movie in which the stars align and everything works. It has all the elements of a hit movie; good idea, good script, good cast, good music, good pacing. It is listed as a musical but the musical is almost incidental; the movie takes place backstage at a theater (which is also a speakeasy) and it contains a couple of old songs for the chorus girls to perform. George Raft tells the story in flashback, as he visits New York and reminisces about the old days, particularly about his gangster involvement.

I don't care for George Raft. He was a wooden actor and had an unattractive persona and appearance. But here I feel he did his best work, even creating a little sympathy for his character as well as showing his dancing feet - remember, he is a middle-aged guy playing a young guy. He was better here than in "Souls At Sea". The picture gets a big lift from Broderick Crawford as the heavy, and his acting here rivals his AA performance in "All The King's Men". Pat O'Brien plays a 'flatfoot'(no surprise) and comic relief comes in the form of SZ Sakall and Edward Brophy. Janet Blair and Anne Gwynne were very pretty in slight roles; too bad their careers weren't more prolific.

The picture moves at a good pace, and I really can't think of a drawback or a valid complaint. Thoroughly entertaining from start to finish, a quick 90 minutes. It was shown at Cinevent, Columbus,O. 5/12.


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