Lullaby Of Broadway

  • 1951
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Musical

This flimsy musical suffers from an overabundance of songs (albeit some wonderful ones) at the expense of concentration on its story. Melinda Howard (Doris Day), an aspiring actress, arrives in New York. Unknown to Melinda, her mother, Jessica (Gladys George), is no longer a star on Broadway but a drunken performer in a Village cabaret. Adolph Hubbell (S.Z....read more

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This flimsy musical suffers from an overabundance of songs (albeit some wonderful ones) at the expense of concentration on its story. Melinda Howard (Doris Day), an aspiring actress, arrives in New York. Unknown to Melinda, her mother, Jessica (Gladys George), is no longer a star on

Broadway but a drunken performer in a Village cabaret. Adolph Hubbell (S.Z. Sakall) a rich man who lives in a huge house, keeps Jessica's charade alive when he tells Melinda that he is renting his mansion from her mother. His wife (Florence Bates, in one of her patented battle-axe roles) suspects

her husband of having an affair with Melinda, and the situation worsens when Jessica gets too drunk to appear at the party where she and Melinda were to meet. At the party, musical star Tom Farnham (Gene Nelson) falls for Melinda, later prevailing on his producer to find a part for her in his

show. Soon the Hubbells are near divorce, Melinda and Tom quarrel, and word of Jessica's descent into alcoholism reaches her daughter. Depressed, Melinda makes plans to leave town, but her mother sobers up for a reconciliation, Melinda and Tom patch things up, and the lovers team up for their

first (of what will presumably be many) smash show. What might have been a good story in LULLABY OF BROADWAY is ruined for lack of motivation, the scenes zipping past as the film hurries on to the next musical numbers--but any movie with such great songs can't be all bad. The tunes include:

"Lullaby of Broadway," "You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me," "Just One of Those Things," "Somebody Loves Me," "I Love the Way You Say Goodnight," "Fine and Dandy," "Please Don't Talk about Me When I'm Gone," "A Shanty in Old Shanty Town," "We'd Like to Go on a Trip," "Zing! Went the Strings of

My Heart," "You're Dependable."

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  • Review: This flimsy musical suffers from an overabundance of songs (albeit some wonderful ones) at the expense of concentration on its story. Melinda Howard (Doris Day), an aspiring actress, arrives in New York. Unknown to Melinda, her mother, Jessica (Gladys Geor… (more)

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