The Barkleys of Broadway
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The Barkleys of Broadway became Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' "reunion" picture purely by accident. Originally conceived as a follow-up to the successful Astaire-Judy Garland vehicle Easter Parade, Barkleys was to have starred Fred and Judy as a successful musical comedy team that breaks up when the female half decides to become a "serious" artist. Just before shooting started, Garland fell ill, Rogers replaced her, and the rest, as they say, is history. The script is as thin as a spider's web, a mere coat-rack upon which to hang several topnotch musical numbers.… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

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"It isn't very witty - although it's supposed to be - and it isn't really satire, in the sense of Singin' in the Rain or The Band Wagon."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"It doesn't help that the music by Harry Warren and Ira Gershwin is slight."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Though one of their weakest teaming, it's worth seeing this late (and last) Astaire-Rogers musical for historical reasons; Rogers replaced the ailing Judy Garland."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This is a weak reteaming, unfortunately, and it's the screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green which does that."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"Astaire and Rogers last teaming, and full of wit, music, dance, and comedy."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"It's Fred and Ginger and in color, but the movie's pretty bad."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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