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zmu| Broadway Melody of 1940
Director: Norman Taurog
Cast: Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, George Murphy, Frank Morgan, Ian Hunter
Genre: Comedy

Running Time: 102
Aspect Ratio:  1.33:1 (NTSC )
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Features: Black and White
Studio:  Warner Home Video DVD Region:  1 NR
DVD Release:  Apr 2003 Discs:  1 (Cloud) [$19.98]
Reviews:  One of the most famous tap numbers in film history distinguishes "Broadway Melody of 1940", the fourth and final installment in MGM's "Broadway Melody" series. When Clare Bennett (Eleanor Powell, who had appeared in "Broadway Melody of 1936" and "1938") needs a new partner for her hit Broadway show, small-time hoofers Johnny Brett (Fred Astaire in his MGM debut) and King Shaw (George Murphy) get their big chance. But due to a case of mistaken identity, King, rather than the more talented Johnny, gets the job, and the girl. Astaire and Powell can't match the chemistry he had with Ginger Rogers at RKO, but she was the best technical dancer he was ever teamed with, and the sense of fun they share is infectious. Their above-mentioned tap duet to Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine" is legendary, but there are other fine moments as well: Astaire and Murphy's duet "Please Don't Monkey with Broadway," Powell's athletic number with a chorus of sailors "I Am the Captain," Astaire playing the piano and singing "I've Got My Eyes on You," and his and Powell's high-velocity duet "Jukebox Dance." "--David Horiuchi"

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