Two Tickets to Broadway (1951)

Genres - Comedy, Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Musical Comedy, Showbiz Comedy  |   Release Date - Nov 1, 1951 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 106 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

Some movies, frequently musicals, prove good entertainment in spite of their scripts, and Two Tickets to Broadway is one such film. Like so many other "tuners" of the period, Tickets is content to take an old hat story line, throw in some bits and pieces of snappy dialogue and some much longer stretches of strictly by-the-book conversation, take some sudden detours from the plot in order to work in a specialty or two, and generally fill time until the next musical number is ready. This can often lead to tedium, but for some reason Tickets manages to avoid this trap and to be quite engaging. A viewer is never for a minute unaware that he's watching "the same old thing," but there's enough spark here from the cast and the director so that most viewers will shrug and give the little musical the benefit of the doubt. Granted, most viewers' patience will be tried whenever Eddie Bracken is around; he's stuck with some of the screenplay's most annoying material. But a vivacious and perky Janet Leigh and a silken voiced (if undeniably stuff) Tony Martin help to make up for Bracken's "comedy." And there's also the gorgeous Gloria de Haven and the dancing tigress called Ann Miller to provide further fuel. Throw in a bit of classic comedy from Smith and Dale and a very fun turn from Bob Crosby, plus some nifty sets and costumes, and the result is a pleasing, pleasant way to pass the time.