The Barkleys of Broadway

The Barkleys of Broadway

Fred Astaire
Director: Charles Walters Cast: Fred Astaire
Fred Astaire
, Ginger Rogers
Ginger Rogers
, Oscar Levant
Oscar Levant
Charles Walters


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The Barkleys of Broadway became Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' "reunion" picture purely by accident. Originally conceived as a follow-up to the successful Astaire-Judy Garland vehicle Easter Parade, Barkleys was to have starred Fred and Judy as a successful musical comedy team that breaks up when the female half decides to become a "serious" artist. Just before shooting started, Garland fell ill, Rogers replaced her, and the rest, as they say, is history. The script is as thin as a spider's web, a mere coat-rack upon which to hang several topnotch musical numbers. Fred and Ginger aren't quite as footloose and fancy-free as they were in their RKO heyday, but they still work together seamlessly. The film's highlights include "My One and Only Highland Fling," "You'd Be Hard to Replace," a reprise of "They Can't Take That Away From Me" (originally performed by Astaire and Rogers in Shall We Dance?), and Oscar Levant's keyboard rendition of "The Sabre Dance." The film's least memorable moment is the play-within-a-play wherein Rogers, cast as the young Sarah Bernhardt, passionately recites "The Marseillaise" as an audition piece!

Product Details

Release Date: 11/22/2016
UPC: 0888574453954
Original Release: 1949
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:49:00
Sales rank: 19,883

Special Features

Featurette Reunited: Astaire And Rogers Together Again; Vintage short Annie Was a Wonder; Classic Droopy cartoon Wags to Riches; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred Astaire John Barkley
Ginger Rogers Dinah Barkley
Oscar Levant Ezra Miller
Billie Burke Mrs. Livingston Belney
Gale Robbins Shirlene May
Jacques Francois Jacques Barredout
George Zucco The Judge
Clinton Sundberg Bert Felsher
Inez Cooper Pamela Driscoll
Carol Brewster Gloria Amboy
Wilson Wood Larry
Jean Andren First Woman
Laura Treadwell Second Woman
Margaret Bert Mary the Maid
Allen Wood Taxi Driver
Forbes Murray Guest in Theater Lobby
Bess Flowers Guest in Theater Lobby
Louis Austin Guest in Theater Lobby
Betty Blythe Guest in Theater Lobby
William Tannen Doorman at Theater
Mahlon Hamilton Apartment Doorman
Dee Turnell Blonde
Reginald Simpson Husband
Hans Conried Ladislaus Ladi
Sherry Hall Chauffeur
Frank Ferguson Mr. Perkins
Nolan Leary Stage Doorman
Esther Somers Sarah's Mother
Helen Eby-Rock Sarah's Aunt
Joyce Mathews Genevieve
Mary Jo Ellis Clementine
Jack Rice Ticket Man
Roger Moore First Man
Wilbur Mack Guest
Larry Steers Guest
Lillian West Guest
John Albright Photographer
George Boyce Photographer
Claire Carleton Marie
Mimi Doyle Actress

Technical Credits
Charles Walters Director
Albert Akst Editor
Robert Alton Choreography
Edward C. Carfagno Art Director
Betty Comden Screenwriter
Jack Dawn Makeup
Roger Edens Associate Producer
Arthur Freed Producer
Ira Gershwin Songwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Adolph Green Screenwriter
Lennie Hayton Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Arthur Krams Set Decoration/Design
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Hermes Pan Choreography
Irving G. Ries Animator
Douglas Shearer Sound/Sound Designer
Sidney Sheldon Screenwriter
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Irene Valles Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Warren Score Composer,Songwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Wallace Worsley Asst. Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Barkleys of Broadway
1. The Swing Trot Credits. [2:04]
2. Where Credit Is Due. [4:23]
3. Out In The Cold. [4:55]
4. Sabre Dance. [3:20]
5. Love And Thrown Objects. [4:46]
6. You'd Be Hard To Replace. [2:06]
7. The Understudy. [3:24]
8. Bouncin' The Blues. [2:13]
9. Pancake Portrait. [3:31]
10. My One And Only Highland Fling. [7:41]
11. A Weekend In The Country. [2:51]
12. Not Right For The Part. [4:49]
13. The Wet And The Unwell. [4:45]
14. Battling Barkleys. [3:46]
15. Shoes With Wings On. [7:52]
16. Completely Resistible. [2:38]
17. Misunderstood. [1:27]
18. Redirected. [2:05]
19. Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1. [4:41]
20. They Can't Take That Away From Me. [7:36]
21. Thanks For The Dance. [5:05]
22. Vive Le Dinah. [3:03]
23. Too Late? [5:22]
24. Hold The Phone. [2:53]
25. You'd Be Hard To Replace Reprise. [3:18]
26. A Little Tortue. [2:22]
27. Manhattan Downbeat. [2:16]
28. Cast List. [2:54]

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