Broadway Musketeers


1h 2m 1938
Broadway Musketeers

Brief Synopsis

Three childhood friends get mixed up with gangsters.

Film Details

Also Known As
Three Girls on Broadway
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Release Date
Oct 8, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 2m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

Isabel Dowling and Connie Todd, who grew up together in an orphanage, have a reunion when they both arrive at the city jail to bail out a third orphan, Fay Reynolds, after she has been arrested for doing a strip tease. Isabel is married to wealthy Stanley Dowling and is the mother of little Judy, but she is dissatisfied with her life. Connie is a stenographer in love with her boss. Since all three have birthdays in June, they meet for a joint birthday dinner and vow to continue the tradition every year. Fay gets a job singing at a club where Connie and Isabel come to watch her. At the club, Isabel catches the eye of gambler Philip Peyton, and as Stanley is out of town, she goes out every night with Philip. When Stanley returns, Judy's nurse tells him about his wife's activities. They fight and Isabel leaves him to live with Philip. Fay and Connie visit Judy and soon Fay and Stanley have fallen in love. When Isabel marries Philip, Fay marries Stanley. Isabel and Philip sink into debt because of his gambling. Out of sympathy, Fay lets Isabel take Judy one day and Philip puts her up as security for a gambling debt. When the gangsters discover that Judy is not his child, they kill him and kidnap Judy and Isabel because they have witnessed the crime. Isabel overhears their plans to kill both herself and Judy. She hides Judy under the bed and jumps out the window, clutching the newspaper article about the kidnapping. The police find Judy, unharmed, and shoot it out with the gang. That year, Connie and Fay have their birthday celebration without Isabel, but Judy takes her mother's place, and when Connie and Fay throw their glasses into the fire, Judy, in imitation, picks up the empty glass at Isabel's place and throws it into the fire with the other two.

Film Details

Also Known As
Three Girls on Broadway
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Release Date
Oct 8, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 2m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Articles

Broadway Musketeers -


With upwards of fifty films a year needed to fill their theater chains, each major studio recycled stories to keep the production line moving, resulting in many unacknowledged remakes. 1938's Broadway Musketeers is a more lighthearted, less risqué ; updating of the impressive 1932 pre-Code sizzler Three on a Match, which starred Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak and Bette Davis. Three schoolgirl friends take different paths in life but vow to meet yearly and aid each other, like the Three Musketeers. The outwardly stable married friend abandons her husband to be with a gangster, threatening her child. The other two band together to help her. The story changes imposed on the remake show the content that concerned the Production Code. In the second version the wayward wife's drug use is dropped entirely, and moral judgments on wrongdoing are more strongly emphasized. Unlike the first film's more open future for the three women, dedication to a marriage is seen as the only proper path. The singer Fay (Ann Sheridan) and stenographer Connie (Marie Wilson) still cannot save the rich runaway wife Isabel (Margaret Lindsay), but her fate this time around is less a sacrifice than a punishment. The remake also finds time for Ann Sheridan to sing two songs. Critics complimented Broadway Musketeers' fast pace and snappy characterizations. They saved special praise for director John Farrow, who for four years had been impressing studio heads with his visual precision and technical ability, yet had not broken through the barrier to front-rank productions.

By Glenn Erickson
Broadway Musketeers -

Broadway Musketeers -

With upwards of fifty films a year needed to fill their theater chains, each major studio recycled stories to keep the production line moving, resulting in many unacknowledged remakes. 1938's Broadway Musketeers is a more lighthearted, less risqué ; updating of the impressive 1932 pre-Code sizzler Three on a Match, which starred Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak and Bette Davis. Three schoolgirl friends take different paths in life but vow to meet yearly and aid each other, like the Three Musketeers. The outwardly stable married friend abandons her husband to be with a gangster, threatening her child. The other two band together to help her. The story changes imposed on the remake show the content that concerned the Production Code. In the second version the wayward wife's drug use is dropped entirely, and moral judgments on wrongdoing are more strongly emphasized. Unlike the first film's more open future for the three women, dedication to a marriage is seen as the only proper path. The singer Fay (Ann Sheridan) and stenographer Connie (Marie Wilson) still cannot save the rich runaway wife Isabel (Margaret Lindsay), but her fate this time around is less a sacrifice than a punishment. The remake also finds time for Ann Sheridan to sing two songs. Critics complimented Broadway Musketeers' fast pace and snappy characterizations. They saved special praise for director John Farrow, who for four years had been impressing studio heads with his visual precision and technical ability, yet had not broken through the barrier to front-rank productions. By Glenn Erickson

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The film's pre-release title was Three Girls on Broadway. This is a remake of Warner Bros.' 1932 film Three on a Match (see below).