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The Broadway Melody (1929) was a Musical - Romance Film directed by Harry Beaumont and produced by Irving Thalberg, Lawrence Weingarten and Harry Rapf.

Academy Awards 1928/29 --- Ceremony Number 2 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActressBessie LoveNominated
Best DirectorHarry BeaumontNominated
Best PictureMetro-Goldwyn-MayerWon

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Musical Monday: The Broadway Melody (1929)

on Jun 4, 2018 From Comet Over Hollywood

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 full article

The Broadway Melody (of 1929)

By Emily on Sep 14, 2013 From The Vintage Cameo

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 full article

The Broadway Melody (1)

By RBuccicone on Feb 27, 2013 From MacGuffin Movies

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 p... Read full article

Awkward Early Talkie Theatre: "The Broadway Melody"

By David on Oct 1, 2012 From The Man on the Flying Trapeze

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 full article

The Broadway Melody: Anita Page and Bessie Love

By Art on Aug 8, 2011 From Classic Cinema Gold

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 full article

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Hank Mahoney: [after a cat-fight with a chorus girl] Next time I'll give you a facial instead of a scalp treatment!
Chorus Girl: I'll fix you, ya little peanut!

Eddie Kearns: Those men aren't going to pay ten bucks to look at your face; this is Broadway!
Hank Mahoney: Yeah, "Broad's way!"

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The first all-talking musical feature. Also the first musical to spawn sequels (Broadway Melody films would appear every few years until 1940).
The first film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. The category of Best Picture was introduced in the second annual Academy Awards in 1930, whereas the first in 1929 had two similar categories, "Best Picture, Production" (awarded to Wings) and "Best Picture, Unique and Artistic Production" (awarded to Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans).
The first film to win Best Picture without winning any other Academy Awards.
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