The Broadway Melody (1929) – Director, Harry Beaumont; starring Bessie Love, Anita Page, Charles King; Run time – 100 minutes – Musical, Romance
Koob: This is one of the few Best Picture winners that I have pretty much no prior knowledge of. I’m guessing it’s about the production of a broadway musical and that it was probably one of the first “talkies” since it’s advertising “talking” on the poster.
Kristy: Talking. Singing. Dancing. That’s all I got.
Fun Facts from IMDB
-The first all-talking musical feature. Also the first musical to spawn sequels (The BroadwayMelody films would appear every few years until 1940).
-A silent version was also released as many cinemas hadn’t acquired sound equipment in 1929.
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Ratings (with 1 star = the worst and 5 stars = the best)
Koob: 2 stars
Kristy: 1 star
Double Gobble Score: 1.5 stars
Has some historical value as one of the first big screen musicals and a behind the scenes look at early Broadway but has a hard time keeping you interested and doesn’t hold up well over time.