Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935)

Genres - Comedy, Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Backstage Musical, Musical Comedy, Showbiz Comedy  |   Release Date - Aug 25, 1935 (USA)  |   Run Time - 110 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The Broadway Melody of 1936 was designed as the first of many annual follow-ups to "MGM"'s early-talkie triumph Broadway Melody (1929). Jack Benny is atypically cast as a Walter Winchell type who carries on a feud with Broadway producer Robert Taylor. Into this fray comes Taylor's childhood sweetheart Eleanor Powell, who wants to play a role in Taylor's upcoming production. Already under fire from Benny for exhibiting favoritism, Taylor says no. Powell gets into the show anyway, disguising herself as a celebrated Parisian stage star. The film's song highlights (one of them sung by Robert Taylor!) include "I've Got a Feeling You're Fooling", "Broadway Rhythm", and a holdover from the original Broadway Melody, "You Are My Lucky Star." Spotlighted in several numbers is the song 'n' dance team of Buddy and Vilma Ebsen.

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Broadway, show-business, behind-the-scenes, assumed-identity, sweetheart, dance [art], gossip-columnist, life-changes, stage