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Bowery to Broadway
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Directed byCharles Lamont
Written byArthur T. Horman
Edmund Joseph
Bart Lytton
Based onstory by Joseph and Lytton
Produced byJohn Grant
StarringMaria Montez
Jack Oakie
Susanna Foster
CinematographyCharles Van Enger
Edited byArthur Hilton
Music byEdward Ward
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
November 3, 1944
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budgetover $1 million[1]

Bowery to Broadway is a 1944 American film starring Maria Montez, Jack Oakie, and Susanna Foster. Donald O'Connor and Peggy Ryan also had a small specialty act, and it was the only film they were in together where they didn't have a name or character.

The movie was made to showcase the singing talent at Universal. Montez only has a small role.[2]

Cast

Production

In June 1943 John Grant, who normally wrote for Abbott and Costello, was assigned to produce a film to cover the history of Broadway.[3] It was going to be called Hip Hip Hooray and was budgeted at $1 million and shot in color. Edmund Joseph and Bart Lyton were assigned to do the script.[4] In December 1943 it was announced Arthur Lubin would direct.[5]

Filming started 1 May 1944.[6] It was a rare non "exotic" role for Maria Montez.[7]

Selected Songs

  • "Under the Bamboo Tree"
  • "Yip-I-Addy-I-Ay"
  • "Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nelly"
  • "My Song of Romance"
  • "Montevideo"
  • "He Took Her for a Sleighride in the Good Old Summertime" - with Donald O'Connor and Peggy Ryan
  • "There'll Always Be a Moon" - sung by Susanna Foster
  • "Under the Bamboo Tree" - sung by Louise Allbritton as Lillian Russell

References

  1. ^ Dick, Bernard K. (2015). City of Dreams: The Making and Remaking of Universal Pictures. University Press of Kentucky. p. 125. ISBN 9780813158891.
  2. ^ Bowery to Broadway at Maria Montez Fan Page
  3. ^ "Producer Writer". Variety. 30 June 1943. p. 54.
  4. ^ "U'S Showbiz Cavalcade Budgeted for a Million". Variety. 30 June 1943. p. 6.
  5. ^ "Waggner Doubles Up". Variety. 29 December 1943. p. 4.
  6. ^ Metro to Split Garson, Pidgeon Combination: 'The Bullfighter,' Latin-American Yarn, Chosen as Subject for Laurel and Hardy Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 22 Apr 1944: 5.
  7. ^ Montez-Hall Duo Again in 'Queen of the Nile': Story Called 'Twice Blessed' Secured as Starring Subject for Wilde Twins Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 10 May 1944: A11.


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