Broadway Melody of 1936
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The Broadway Melody of 1936 was designed as the first of many annual follow-ups to "MGM"'s early-talkie triumph Broadway Melody (1929). Jack Benny is atypically cast as a Walter Winchell type who carries on a feud with Broadway producer Robert Taylor. Into this fray comes Taylor's childhood sweetheart Eleanor Powell, who wants to play a role in Taylor's upcoming production. Already under fire from Benny for exhibiting favoritism, Taylor says no. Powell gets into the show anyway, disguising herself as a celebrated Parisian stage star. The film's song highlights (one of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The original story is credited to Moss Hart... but it was all about the production numbers and the spotlight dances by Powell."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Tuneful, danceful, full of laughs too--fun MGM series entry."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Despite Robert Taylor's stiff, non-singing tunr, this is the second and best of the four Broadway Melody MGM made, largely due to Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown's songs and Eleanor Powell's dazzling dancing."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Enjoyable star musical."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Strictly for those who love showbiz nostalgia."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The charm of the film is in some individual performances and musical numbers."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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