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Broadway Bill(1934)

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  • broadway bill

    • kevin sellers
    • 12/18/16

    Both a typical Capra film, in its teaming of an idealistic, dreamer hero with a spunky, rebellious heroine and an atypical Capra offering, due to its extremely depressing climax. There's an attempt to tie a bow around Bill's death in the very end, but it doesn't really work, since the image of a horse's racetrack death is hard to get out of one's mind. However, if you can get beyond that bit of gruesomeness, as well as Warner Baxter's casual racism toward his black sidekick (he basically treats the guy like his own, personal heavy bag, kicking and punching him at will) the film exhibits the usual Capra charm, thanks largely to engaging performances by Baxter and Myrna Loy in the leads as well as good character work from Walter Connolly as a kinder, gentler Mr. Potter, Helen Vinson as a materialistic, shrewish wife, Clarence Muse as the abused sidekick, Raymond Walburn as a race track/con artist "colonel," and Lynne Overman as the "colonel's" irate, wisecracking assistant. And Robert Riskin's snappy, crackly screenplay provides all of the above with generous amounts of funny one liners and put downs. (Love the fashion conscious hash slinger who offers to trade a wedge of pie for Baxter's tie.) So, let's give it a B plus. (There's a bit of a pacing sag in the middle that is filled with too many lame Baxter money raising schemes for this film to rate an A minus, in my estimation.)

  • Broadway Bill

    • Clichae
    • 12/16/16

    Such an entertaining movie!

  • What a Movie!!!

    • Linda Solecki
    • 1/5/10

    I viewed this movie for the first time right after Christmas. Wow!! It had everything...from comedy, drama, and extra drama. I was thrown from joy to despair in a space of minutes....What a movie!!!

  • Capra at his best

    • lcs
    • 12/28/09

    Even Frank Capra didn't know how good his films were. He remade this film in 1950 because he wasn't satisfied with it, but this version is the best.

  • Great horse movie but sad ending!

    • Chaquita
    • 12/28/09

    Saw this quite a few years ago on another movie network. The performances and Capra's direction are great. It's a lot of fun but there's no happy ending! Warner Baxter and Myrna Loy plus lots of great charater performances. If you've never seen it give it a try.

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