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“The Broadway Melody” (1929): The Musical that Paved the Way for the Rest

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Jessica Pickens on May 5, 2019

“All singing! All dancing!” Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer touted its first full-length musical sound film with these lines that now are immortalized in Hollywood history. The Broadway Melody (1929) was not only Hollywood’s first full-length talking musical, but also the first sound film and movie read more

Musical Monday: The Broadway Melody (1929)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Jun 4, 2018

It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week’s musical: “The Broadway Melody& read more

The Broadway Melody (of 1929)

The Vintage Cameo Posted by Emily on Sep 14, 2013

The Broadway Melody is a curious little film, and certainly a testament to the mythos of the Academy, and the weight that a term like “Oscar-winner” is expected to imply. It was the first sound movie to win that now-coveted Best Picture award, but in revisiting it, viewers may find it a read more

The Broadway Melody (1)

MacGuffin Movies Posted by RBuccicone on Feb 27, 2013

The Broadway Melody (1929) Looking again to a movie that earned Hollywood’s top award but fails to shine against most flicks given that prestige, I bring you The Broadway Melody. Taking one of the early Oscars for Best Picture, the musical contended with a handful of movies that for the most read more

Awkward Early Talkie Theatre: "The Broadway Melody"

The Man on the Flying Trapeze Posted by David on Oct 1, 2012

Star-struck sisters coming to New York, struggling songwriter, backstage drama, misguided love -- it's all there, and more, in the 1929 film "The Broadway Melody." It's like a cliche incubator. It also has those awkward little touches we love in early talkies -- hammy acting, stilted silences and a read more

The Broadway Melody: Anita Page and Bessie Love

Classic Cinema Gold Posted by Art on Aug 8, 2011

ALL TALKING  ALL SINGING  ALL DANCING . “The Broadway Melody” is a 1929 American musical film and the first sound film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. The film was the first musical released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and was Hollywood’s first all-talking musical. It starr read more

The Broadway Melody (2)

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Sep 25, 2010

Harriet “Hank” (Bessie Love) and Queenie (Anita Page) are a small act that’s moved east trying to make it big on Broadway.  Hank is the brains of the operation and Queenie has grown into the beauty that will get them noticed.  Queenie shows her nerves more, they were big out west, how will they read more

In Defense of The Broadway Melody (1929)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Feb 23, 2010

I don’t think any Best Picture winner gets a bad rap more than The Broadway Melody.  And, to an extent, I do agree with it.  I don’t think the story is particularly great.  The premise is pretty basic: two sister vaudevillians move to New York to be in a new show, success drives a wedge read more

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