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Babes in Arms(1939)

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In a montage in the first reel of the film, clips from the 1929 M-G-M musical Broadway Melody are shown. In these sequences, Robert Bradford dubs the singing voice of Charles E. King in the song "Broadway Melody," and Tex Brodus dubs the singing voice of Cliff Edwards in "Singing in the Rain." Scenes of Mickey Rooney as a young child, taken from earlier screen appearances, are included, indicating the passage of time from his babyhood to teenaged years. A pre-production news item in Hollywood Reporter notes that Mervyn LeRoy was to replace Arthur Freed as solo producer and Freed was to be relegated to the role of associate producer. According to an early draft of Screen Achievements Bulletin, Noel Langley and John Meehan were contributing writers, but the exact nature of their contribution is not known. This picture marked Busby Berkeley's debut as an M-G-M director. The film also marked actress June Preisser's screen debut. A news item in Hollywood Reporter adds that M-G-M planned to groom actress Grace Hayes for Marie Dressler-type roles. Rooney was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actor for his role in this film, but lost to Robert Donat for Goodbye Mr. Chips. Modern sources state that the ending of the film in which Rooney spoofs Franklin D. Roosevelt in the production number "God's Country" was removed in a 1948 reissue of the film and never restored. The viewed print, a current video release of the film, includes the spoof, however. In 1941, M-G-M produced the musical Babes on Broadway, which was also directed by Berkeley and starred Rooney and Garland.