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BROADWAY RHYTHM is a lengthy musical drama (114 minutes -- nearly 2 hours). Nearly all of the scenes takes place inside, though there are a couple of out-of-doors scenes on a college campus. The movie, which contains light comedy, some gentle slapstick, and banter regarding theater productions, is basically a forum for an on-going talent show. Highlights of the "talent show" are two pieces featuring Lena Horne. One of Lena Horne's scenes is a tawdry faux Brazilian tap-dance piece, while the other, which shows much more class, is a jazzy lounge act. Lena Horne, of course, is one of the most successful performers in the history of vinyl.
Another highlight is a 10-minute piece by the Ross Sisters. These three women are real sisters, who sing and do a gymnastics/contortionist act. In fact, the reason I bought this disc was to see this piece by the Ross Sisters. Towards the end of BROADWAY RHYTHM there is a splended tap dance piece -- a male solo act. The tap dance piece is straight tap-dancing, with no gimmicks or distractions, and it could serve (in my opinion) as a good teaching device for advanced tap students. Another fine act is a female African-American pianist, who combines a classical piece with nimble-fingered ragtime.
In one of the acts, all of the performers in the orchestra (playing violins and brass) are dressed in clown suits. In another one of the acts, all of the performers in the orchestra, as well as a group of tap dancers, are dressed in identical milkman suits. I liked the clown suits, and I liked the milkman suits.
Ginny Simms (born 1915) is the star of BROADWAY RHYTHM. She appeared in eleven movies from 1939 to 1951, and performed with the famed Kay Kyser Orchestra as a singer. But I found Ms. Simms to be somewhat bland as an actress.
Gloria DeHaven (born 1925) stole the show, in my opinion. She is abundantly lovely, and plays a character who is an 18 year old high school student bent on a theatrical career, instead of college. She also has a fine singing number, where she arrives on a motorized cart that bears a circus organ.
Nancy Walker (born 1922), is the odd one here. She is a frumpy little woman, not at all pretty, who has spunk and an excellent singing voice. Ms. Walker had a long career on television, appearing on the Gary Moore Show, Carol Burnett Show, Family Affair, and Mary Tyler Moore Show.
CONCLUSION. The lite-humor in BROADWAY RHYTHM is often engaging. But the script and plot cannot be characterized as particularly clever, and there is too much talking. Moreover, there are no drop-dead lavish, spectacular stage scenes in BROADWAY RHYTHM. For viewers interested in musicals from the big band era, films with higher priority than BROADWAY RHYTHM might include SINGING IN THE RAIN, ON THE TOWN, THREE LITTLE WORDS, and the films from the Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland collection.