Broadway Melody of 1938 Overview:

Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937) was a Musical - Romance Film directed by Roy Del Ruth and produced by Jack Cummings and Irving Thalberg.

The film was based on the play Cavalcade written by Noel Coward performed at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London in Sep 6, 1931.


The plot revolves around a standard-issue struggling Broadway show, the opening of which is threatened by financial troubles. Luckily, one of the hoofers just happens to own a racehorse and if it can be coaxed into winning at Saratoga, there might be enough cash to mount the production.

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Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937)

By Beatrice on Oct 25, 2013 From Flickers in Time

Broadway Melody of 1938 Directed by Roy Del Ruth Written by Jack McGowan and Sid Silvers 1938/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer First viewing This MGM musical extravaganza is worth seeing just for Judy Garland’s numbers. ?The performances by Eleanor Powell, Buddy Ebsen, and Sophie Tucker are gravy. Th... Read full article

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Betty Clayton: [singing] I don't care what happens, let the whole world stop. As far as I'm concerned you'll always be the top. 'Cause you know you made me love you.

Betty Clayton: [singing] I'm just another fan of yours, and I thought I'd write and tell you so.

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In the film Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937) 15-year-old Judy Garland sings "You Made Me Love You" while looking at a composite picture of Clark Gable. The opening lines are: "Dear Mr. Gable, I am writing this to you, and I hope that you will read it so you'll know, my heart beats like a hammer, and I stutter and I stammer, every time I see you at the picture show, I guess I'm just another fan of yours, and I thought I'd write and tell you so. You made me love you, I didn't want to do it, I didn't want to do it..."
Four songs by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed were deleted after previews: "Sun Showers" (sung by Charles Igor Gorin), "Got a Pair of New Shoes" (sung and danced by Eleanor Powell), a reprise of "Yours and Mine" (sung by Judy Garland and a boys choir), and the beginning of the "Your Broadway and Mine" finale (sung by Garland and the MGM chorus). "Got a Pair of New Shoes" and "Sun Showers" were later sung by Garland in Thoroughbreds Don't Cry, the latter being cut as well. Most of Powell's tap solo to "Got a Pair of New Shoes" was included in the compilation film The Great Morgan.
Preceded by The Broadway Melody and Broadway Melody of 1936. Followed by Broadway Melody of 1940. Another film in the series was planned, "Broadway Melody of 1943" starring Eleanor Powell, Gene Kelly, and Lena Horne. However, that project was abandoned, and the numbers that had been filmed for this project were placed into Thousands Cheer and Broadway Rhythm.
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