- Acting of Lead Performers
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Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell
How sad it was that Fred and Eleanor never danced together again. The ego in actors certainly does get in the way with actors (although Robert Osbourne didn't actually say this). It would've been great entertainment if Fred and Eleanor had made more movies together. They're both fantastic dancers in their own way. This is a must see movie since it is the only one they both appear in together. Even if the plot (or lack thereof as some reviewers have indicated), was not the best, just watching Fred and Eleanor dancing together along with George Murphy is worth it. (To have seen Fred and Gene Kelly dance together would also have been wonderful entertainment.)
Broadway Melody of 1940
- Brenda Landry
I love Fred Astaire, and this is my first seeing Eleanor Powell dance, but the choreography was horrible. It's didn't make sense and their was no real plot, and it was an unfinished piece.
- Toni S.
Love to watch Eleanor Powell dance. That woman surpassed any other dancer of her day! Love these movies. Fred is great, Eleanor even greater...which is probably why you didn't see them together too often...as confirmed by Robert Osborn. Such a nice escape.
Great sets, nice dancing sequences, poor storyline
Eleanor Powell, known exclusively as an excellent tap dancer, really disappoints in the opening segment as a ballet dancer and, in fact, is absolutely dreadful! She later redeems herself in the tap dancing sequences with both George Murphy and the incomparable Fred Astaire; however, she doesn't display the fluidity of Ginger Rogers when dancing with Astaire, as Powell is far too athletic and much less graceful than Rogers. The sets are beautiful here. Watching George Murphy as a hoofer is a hoot, as I remember him as Senator Murphy who served when Nixon was President and Murphy was also the head of the RNC.
- D Mac
What a great film! The dance numbers and the sets are fantastic! There's nothing better then a mirrored floor to dance on! The acting of both Fred Astaire and George Murphy are great in this; there are some very serious moments, but I did find Eleanor Powell's acting a bit flat. And although she is fantastic in her solo ballet number and very good at tap-dancing she just doesn't have the same flare as Fred Astaire; he is artistic and she is efficient. They are two great dancers with totally different styles but the finale is beautiful none the less, (including George). The supporting cast is great as well. It's a must watch...and own it if you can! You'll want to see it more then once!
- R Macaulay
I really liked this movie but I must say that I didn't feel any spark between Eleanor and Fred (even though Fred's acting was great in this) so it fell kind of flat in that respect. But I did enjoy Fred Astaire and George Murphy, they made a great team and the Music is wonderful in the film. Plus the added bonus of Fred playing piano and singing Cole Porter's "I've Got My Eyes On You" is just fabulous!
One Small Thing
This is one show I would have liked to see in color; for some reason I think it would have faired better.
Watch Eleanor Powell...
- Ann Brown
...literally dance rings around Fred Astaire! When the master of elegant tapping and ballroom dancing comes up against MGM's top tapper, she wipes up the floor with him. He can't match her form, technique, or balance. If you want to see the best tapper to grace films, don't miss this Broadway Melody.
- F PETERSEN
music great , exellent movie
WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK FOR. STORY SORT OF WEAK BUT MORE THAN MADE UP FOR BY OUTSTANDING CAST----IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND IN TODAY'S WORLD. BUT THAT IS JUST MY OPINION.
- a musical lover
It is definitely full of wonders. Haveing the 2 greatest dancers in movie history dancing together is just...I can't describe it. See this movie and be wowed by the dancing. That FINALE!!!
BEST DANCE EVER
I DON'T KNOW WHY SOMEONE HAS NOT POSTED A COMMENT REGARDING THIS MOVIE. ASIDE FROM HAVING THE TWO BEST DANCERS HOLLYWOOD HAD TO OFFER (FRED AND ELENORE) IT ALSO HAS PROBABLY THE BEST DANCE EVER. THIS IS THE BEGIN THE BEGUINE NUMBER PERFORMED BY THSE TWO. SINATRA SAID IT BEST IN THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT, 'YOU CAN SIT AROUND AND HOPE BUT YOU WILL NEVER SEE THE THE LIKES OF THIS AGAIN'.