Meet Me on Broadway
Cast & Crew
Believing that he can produce better Broadway shows without the hindrance of his producer, Eddie Dolan quits the musical he is directing, taking his starring actress and sweetheart, Ann Stallings, and his songwriter, Deacon McGill, with him. Eddie's hopes of success are soon dashed, however, as he and his troupe are plagued by a steady stream of financial woes. About to lose his apartment, his office and Ann, who is tired of "peddling song and dances in a two-by-four sucker trap," Eddie decides to make money by putting on amateur shows in small towns outside New York. While Ann threatens to leave Eddie if he does not settle down to a steady job outside show business, Eddie manages to get her to join him by telling her that he has taken a job as manager of the Hazelton Country Club. Confusion abounds when Eddie, Deacon and Ann arrive at Hazelton and Eddie tries to keep Ann ignorant of that fact that they are there to put on a show. Ann soon learns the truth, but when she demands to return to New York, Eddie persuades her to stay with the promise that he will use the money earned from the show to pay for their wedding. During rehearsals for the show, Eddie gets an idea to have the wealthy John Whittaker, the founder of Hazelton, finance his next Broadway show, and sets out to court Whittaker's favor by promoting the singing talent of his daughter Maxine. While Bob Storm, a Hazelton board member, falls in love with Ann, Maxine develops a romantic interest in Eddie. Later, Deacon realizes that Bob's mother Sylvia is the famous Sylvia Kane, who was once the toast of Broadway. When Eddie quits the show and returns to New York because he believes Ann is having an affair with Bob, Sylvia follows him and brings him back. The Hazelton show, under the direction of Eddie, is a great success, and results in Whittaker arranging to have Eddie direct his next show on Broadway. All ends happily for love, too, as Ann and Eddie are reunited and Bob and Maxine spark a new romance.
M. W. Stoloff
J. S. Westmoreland
The working title for this film was Song of Broadway. The Daily Variety review erroneously lists the running time as 64 minutes. An early March 1945 Hollywood Reporter news item indicates that Marguerite Chapman was originally set for the part played by Marjorie Reynolds. Reynolds was borrowed from Paramount for her role. According to an April 1946 Hollywood Reporter news item, songwriter Allie Wrubel filed a $265,000 lawsuit against producer Burt Kelly and Columbia Pictures, alleging that he wrote the original story of the film. The suit sought $100,000 in damages for the story, $50,000 for the screen advertising and publicity credit that Wrubel did not receive, and $15,000 for the musical score he expected to write. No information has been found concerning the outcome of the suit.