Little Miss Broadway


1h 10m 1947

Brief Synopsis

Judy Gibson (Jean Porter), upon leaving finishing school, goes to meet her relatives, whom she believes to be wealthy and socially prominent. Actually, ther are penniless Broadway characters and, in order to avoid Judy learning the truth, they take possession of a Long Island mansion owned by a thief presently doing time in Sing Sing. Judy arrives with her fiance Dick Nichols (John Shelton) and his father (Douglas Wood), an industrialist who tries to sell worthless stock to Judy's family in order to bolster his shaky fiancial status. They give him $200,000, part of the stashed loot they found belonging to the home-owner thief. The latter escapes from prison. Complications arise. Jerry Wald and his band provide music for Jean Porter's singing, and pert-'n-pretty Porter, as usual, carries the show.

Film Details

Also Known As
Broadway Baby
Release Date
Jun 19, 1947
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Kay Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

Upon graduating from an exclusive girls' school, Judy Gibson, an orphan, prepares to go to New York to meet for the first time the wealthy relatives who have been supporting her. Judy asks her fiancé, Richard Nichols I, the scion of an important Baltimore family, to meet her there so that she can introduce him to her aunt and uncles. Unknown to Judy, her aunt Minnie and uncles George, Harry and Mack are all shady Broadway characters who had adopted her as a baby. To maintain their pose as socialites, the four take possession of the Long Island mansion owned by Cash Monahan, a bank robber doing time in prison. The family puts on such an act that Judy and Dick never suspect the truth. Dick, however, has his own secrets, and is being blackmailed by singer Ina Mae and Tony Santos, the owner of a nightclub, who are demanding $10,000 in return for a compromising picture of Ina Mae and Dick. In Baltimore, meanwhile, Dick's father discovers that he will lose his entire empire unless he can raise $200,000 and consequently, decides to sell Judy's family an interest in his business. Back in Long Island, Minnie and her brothers find the money that Cash had stolen hidden in his safe. When Nichols arrives in New York and offers to sell Judy's family stock in his firm, they invest Cash's newfound loot. Soon after, news comes that Cash has escaped from prison and is headed for New York. Fearing Cash's return, Harry, an experienced thief, steals the money from Nichols' briefcase. Upon returning to Baltimore, Nichols discovers that the cash is missing, and thinking that he lost it, sets out for Long Island. Dick, meanwhile, breaks into Santos' office to retrieve the photograph. After Dick is knocked out by Santos, Judy, by a ruse, gets the picture. Furious at the theft of the photograph, Santos and Ina Mae head for Judy's house to claim it. They arrive in the middle of a big party at which Cash is disguised as the butler. Soon after, Nichols comes in search of his money. In the resulting confusion, Cash and the blackmailers are apprehended by the police, while Judy's family confesses their deception and Nichols admits his shaky financial status. All ends happily, however, as everyone accepts one another.

Film Details

Also Known As
Broadway Baby
Release Date
Jun 19, 1947
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Kay Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

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Notes

The working title of this picture was Broadway Baby. This film bears no relation to the 1938 Twentieth Century-Fox Shirley Temple film Little Miss Broadway.