Broadway to Hollywood (film)

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Broadway to Hollywood
Broadway to Hollywood poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Willard Mack
Screenplay byWillard Mack
Edgar Allan Woolf
Produced by Harry Rapf
Starring Alice Brady
Frank Morgan
Jackie Cooper
Russell Hardie
Madge Evans
Mickey Rooney
Cinematography Norbert Brodine
William H. Daniels
Edited by William S. Gray
Ben Lewis
Music by William Axt
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • September 15, 1933 (1933-09-15)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States

Broadway to Hollywood is a 1933 American pre-Code musical film directed by Willard Mack, produced by Harry Rapf, cinematography by Norbert Brodine and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film features many of MGM's stars of the time, including Frank Morgan, Alice Brady, May Robson, Madge Evans, Jimmy Durante, Mickey Rooney, and Jackie Cooper. Brothers Moe Howard and Curly Howard of The Three Stooges appear—without Ted Healy and without Larry Fine—almost unrecognizably, as Otto and Fritz, two clowns in makeup. [1] [2] It was the first film to feature Nelson Eddy. [3]



Ted and Lulu Hackett are vaudeville's The Hacketts, a fairly successful song-and-dance team. They bring their son Ted Jr. up in the business and he soon eclipses them. When the son is offered a starring role on Broadway, he arranges for his parents to join him in the show, but Ted Sr. is embarrassed to learn that he and Lulu are there purely in order to keep their son happy. They return to vaudeville, only to find that their duet act has gone stale with time. Meanwhile, Ted Jr. has married and had a son, but he has also fallen victim to drink. Tragedy strikes the Hackett family, and only the march of time will tell whether Ted III will repeat the failings of his father and grandfather.



The film features several sequences taken from the unfinished MGM musical The March of Time (1930), including some filmed in the early two-color Technicolor process. Fay Templeton, DeWolf Hopper Sr., and Albertina Rasch and her dancers are featured in footage taken from The March of Time. However, current prints of Broadway to Hollywood as shown on Turner Classic Movies have no color sequences. The film was released on September 15, 1933, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

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