Broadway Broke (1923)

Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Famous for playing the long-suffering mother in the tearjerker Over the Hill to the Poorhouse (1920), Mary Carr earned yet another tour-de-force in this silent backstage melodrama, courtesy of the Zelznick Corp. This time, she played Nellie Wayne, a retired and broken down stock company actress, whose sole supporter is Chum, an aging vaudeville dog (played by a pooch named "Lassie Bronté," no less!) Life, however, turns considerably cheerier when the old dear sells a play she has written about her experiences to a famous film producer (Dore Davidson). In between Carr's tear-provoking antics, her character came into contact with quite a few Broadway and literary legends, including P. T. Barnum (played by Maclyn Arbuckle), Mark Twain (Leslie King), President Ulysses S. Grant (Albert Phillips) and Augustin Daly (Frederick Burton).



comeback, granddaughter, play [recreation], poverty, stars [celebrities], vaudeville