Babes on Broadway 1941 Film | Judy Garland + Mickey Rooney

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Alternative titles (from Letterboxd): Vi på Broadway

Babes on Broadway plot from IMDb: "Tommy Williams desperately wants to get to Broadway, but as he is only singing in a spaghetti house for tips he is a long way off. He meets Penny Morris, herself no mean singer, and through her gets the idea to promote a show to send orphaned children on a country holiday. But he is only using the kids to get on himself, which Penny soon realises. With his romance off, an engagement in Philadelphia he can't get to, and, indeed, war in Europe, life can be difficult."

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Directed by Busby Berkeley, Vincente Minnelli (uncredited)

Produced by Arthur Freed

Written by Fred F. Finklehoffe

Music by Leo Arnaud, George Bassman, George Stoll

Songs by Burton Lane (music), Roger Edens (music), E.Y. Harburg (lyrics), Ralph Freed (lyrics)

Cinematography: Lester White

Edited by Fredrick Y. Smith

Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Release date: December 31, 1941 (New York City), January 18, 1942 (Stanford Theatre, Palo Alto, California)

Running time: 118 minutes

Budget: $955,000

Box office: $3.8 million

Cast and Characters:

Mickey Rooney as Tommy Williams

Judy Garland as Penny Morris

Fay Bainter as Miss "Jonesy" Jones

Virginia Weidler as Barbara Josephine "Jo" Conway

Ray McDonald as Ray Lambert

Richard Quine as Morton "Hammy" Hammond

Donald Meek as Mr. Stone

Alexander Woollcott as himself

Luis Alberni as Nick

James Gleason as Thornton Reed

Emma Dunn as Mrs. Williams

Frederick Burton as Mr. Morris

Cliff Clark as Inspector Moriarity

William Post Jr. as Announcer

Donna Reed as Jonesy's Secretary (uncredited)

Will Lee as Shorty

Margaret O'Brien as Maxine, a little girl at an audition (uncredited)

Babes On Broadway Soundtrack Songs:

"Babes on Broadway" (Main Title) (MGM Studio Chorus)

"Anything Can Happen in New York" (Mickey Rooney, Ray McDonald, and Richard Quine)

"How About You?" (Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney)

"Hoe Down" (Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Six Hits and a Miss, The Five Musical Maids, and MGM Studio Chorus)

"Chin Up! Cheerio! Carry On!" (Judy Garland, St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers, and MGM Studio Chorus)

Ghost Theater Sequence:

"Cyrano de Bergerac" (Mickey Rooney as Richard Mansfield)

"Mary's a Grand Old Name" (Judy Garland as Fay Templeton)

"She's Ma Daisy" (Mickey Rooney as Harry Lauder)

"I've Got Rings On My Fingers" (Judy Garland as Blanche Ring)

"La Marseillaise" (Judy Garland as Sarah Bernhardt)

"The Yankee Doodle Boy" (Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland)

"Bombshell from Brazil" (Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Richard Quine, Ray McDonald, Virginia Weidler, Anne Rooney, Robert Bradford, and MGM Studio Chorus)

"Mama Yo Quiero" (Mickey Rooney)

Minstrel Show Sequence:

"Blackout Over Broadway" (Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Ray McDonald, Virginia Weidler, Richard Quine, Anne Rooney and MGM Studio Chorus)

"By the Light of the Silvery Moon" (Ray McDonald)

"Franklin D. Roosevelt Jones" (Judy Garland and MGM Studio Chorus)

"Old Folks at Home" (Eddie Peabody on banjo, dubbing for Mickey Rooney)

"Alabamy Bound" (Eddie Peabody on banjo, dubbing for Mickey Rooney)

"Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" (Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Virginia Weidler, Anne Rooney, Richard Quine, and MGM Studio Chorus)

"Babes on Broadway" (Finale) (Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Virginia Weidler, Ray McDonald, Richard Quine, and MGM Studio Chorus)

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