The Broadway Melody movie paired with best Broadway bites

Starring, Charles King, Anita Page and Bessie Love

Rating 2/10

Plot:

– This film opens with a fly over the city scape of New York City in the 1920’s. This alone was interesting. It then focuses on a typical New York building with Gleason Music Publishing Co. written on the window. Here we meet Eddie, a song writer and star of the musical The Broadway Melody.
– Eddie is engaged to Hank (Harriet), one half of a struggling sister singing duo. She’s a tough nut, the manager and the brains of the two. Her sister, Queenie, is the ‘looker’ and a little witless. Thanks to Eddie, they find themselves miraculously cast in The Broadway Melody (they can’t hold a tune to save themselves) and a rift develops between the sisters. Queenie is featured in an important scene, while Hank’s part is cut. Eddie secretly woos Queenie while pretending to still love Hank and Queenie falls for a wealthy man who offers her the world in exchange for her soul.

Entree:

If you must watch this sad old movie then make it all worthwhile by eating these amazing recipes that are often found on the streets or in cafes or in restaurants of New York City, beginning with a traditional Jewish recipe – Masala Knish recipe from Wonderland Kitchen.

Review:

This movie was disappointing; compared with its predecessor, The Broadway Musical was a tad, well… boring. There is romance, music, brrrooaadddwwwaaay and awesome shots of 1930’s New York City but it wasn’t enough. Was it because it was made at the dawn of the depression? I don’t know. But I just didn’t care about the characters or the musical and I LOVE musicals. The men were patronising and the girls were simply too much. There was no heart.

The positive side: this film was the first full ‘talkie’ musical; the first musical to win an Oscar. This was HISTORY in the making. It was a dawn of a new era in filmmaking; a pretty exciting time to be working in the biz! This was a time of transition from the silent movie era to the ‘talkies’. Silent film devices were still being used at this time. For example, the use of intertitles (title cards) to link scenes and melodramatic acting techniques.

Is this worthy of an Oscar? I don’t think so. It was a little naff, but here we find it, on our Oscar list. We must obey the mighty Oscar and watch the winners he deemed worthy.

Main meal:

Now apparently, Steak Dianne was either invented in New York City or consumed in ridiculous amounts on that crazy island. Nevertheless, we’ll eat and enjoy it, saluting the Statue of Liberty or something, shall we? Here’s a yummy recipe: Venison Steak Diane from Hunter, Angler, Gardner, Cook.

The Broadway Melody Trivia:

  • Budget: $350 000
  • MGM released a silent film version as many theatres were still without sound capabilities.
  • One of its enduring influences was the use of red and green Technicolor technology. From then on musicals were associated with the use of this device.
  • MGM made three later versions of this film (and I hope they were better than this one!)
  • According to filmsite.org the films nominated for Oscars in 1930 were, “some of the weakest films in the history of American cinema.”

Dessert:

What says New York City with sugar more than donuts? Huh? Nothing, I tells ya. So let’s serve some up and eat lots of them while watching this pathetic move. Sigh. But yay for donuts. Here’s a great pinky recipe – Mini Baked Donuts Recipe from Sugar & Cloth.

Have you been to Broadway? What’s your favourite food from the Big Apple?

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