Broadway Melody of 1940

Broadway Melody of 1940

Directed by Norman Taurog • 1940 • United States
Starring Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, George Murphy

The job—a career breakthrough—is supposed to go to hoofer Johnny Brett, but a mix-up in names gives it to his partner. Another example of Broadway hopes dashed? Not when Johnny is played by Fred Astaire. Sparkling Cole Porter songs and comedy and dance legends Astaire and Eleanor Powell make the final BROADWAY MELODY (costarring George Murphy) a song to remember. Powell’s nautical “I Am the Captain” and Astaire’s blissful “I’ve Got My Eyes on You” are more than enough to please any fan. But they’re just a warm-up for the leads to tap one number into immortality: “Begin the Beguine.”

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Broadway Melody of 1940
  • Broadway Melody of 1940

    Directed by Norman Taurog • 1940 • United States
    Starring Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, George Murphy

    The job—a career breakthrough—is supposed to go to hoofer Johnny Brett, but a mix-up in names gives it to his partner. Another example of Broadway hopes dashed? Not when Johnny is played by Fred...