The Broadway Melody
The Broadway Melody (1929)

This landmark MGM backstage musical of the early sound era about broken dreams on the Great White Way features a bevy of standards by the songwriting team of Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown. Freed later became unit producer of the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 1, 2005
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Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Broadway Melody is interesting as an example of an early Hollywood musical, but otherwise, it's essentially bereft of appeal for modern audiences.

Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

Although the audible devices worked exceedingly well in most instances, it is questionable whether it would not have been wiser to leave some of the voices to the imagination.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The staging is wooden, the story insipid, and the dialogue sequences mostly painful, but the film's integration of song, dance, and story was a clear narrative advance over the music pictures being released by Warner Brothers and Fox.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

First musical to win Academy Award reeks of mothballs, but is undeniably the basis of perhaps a hundred others.

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TIME Magazine

A tedious musical comedy embedded in a routine story like a fly in celluloid.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

The Broadway Melody has not stood the test of time in ways that many of its more artistic contemporaries have.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

Mediocre performances and poorly-constructed musical numbers are the low points in this modestly interesting all-talking, all-singing production.

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Sid Silverman
Variety

Excellent bits of sound workmanship are that of camera and mike following Page and the heavy along the dance floor to pick up their conversation as they glide.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The first musical and sound film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture creaks from old age.

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Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com

...cinematic evolution long ago froze The Broadway Melody in Precambrian amber. But while the movie is hopelessly dated now, it was the bee's knees in its day.

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Flixster Audience Score: 22% Flixster User Reviews
William Dunmyer
Rotten Tomatoes has an error in its database. They have two films confused. "The Broadway Melody" was released in 1929 and won Best Picture at the 2nd… More
AJ Verser
A very melodramatic romantic story surrounding this early talkie musical. A lot of the actors aren't so great in this movie either, but I think maybe they… More
Chris Weber
Boy, this film sure hasn't aged well. Granted, it is over 80 years old, but still. The story here concerns two sisters who are a part of a show on… More
jay nixon
Keeping in mind that the film is 80 years old and was made just when sound was new its interesting to see considering that it won best picture the year it came… More
Jennifer Xu
Dull, dull tripe.
Byron Brubaker
Very stagy. The acting for the most part is still mired in silent movie style. But it is a look at an interesting culture, the flappers, through the two main… More