Stars Over Broadway

Stars Over Broadway is a 1935 American musical film directed by William Keighley, written by Jerry Wald, Julius J. Epstein, & Pat C. Flick,[1] and starring Pat O'Brien, Jane Froman, James Melton, Jean Muir, Frank McHugh, and Eddie Conrad.[2] It was released by Warner Bros. on November 23, 1935.

Stars Over Broadway
Directed byWilliam Keighley
Produced bySamuel Bischoff
Screenplay byJerry Wald
Julius J. Epstein
Pat C. Flick
Story byMildred Cram
StarringPat O'Brien
Jane Froman
James Melton
Jean Muir
Frank McHugh
Eddie Conrad
Music byHeinz Roemheld
CinematographyGeorge Barnes
Edited byBert L'Orle
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • November 23, 1935 (1935-11-23)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States




Frank S. Nugent of The New York Times wrote in his review: "The Warners have tackled the operatic film with an engaging sense of humor. In Stars Over Broadway, which opened last night at the Strand, they contemplate grand opera with their tongue in their collective cheek, and with Al Dubin and Harry Warren standing by to assist the Messrs. Verdi, Schubert, and von Flotow in moments of upper registral stress and strain. The result is a generally amiable and melodious comedy which merits praise chiefly for its failure of fawn completely upon the diamond horseshoe. If there has been an evil in this operatic film cycle, it has been that of obsequiousness. No Uriah Heep could be more unctuous than the cinema has been in the presence of the Metropolitan. And opera, when placed in the Fellowship of the Sacred Cows, can be made very dull indeed. Just as dull, in fact, as some of the screen plays about those other Sacred Cows—motherhood, the home, the Hippocratic oath and the football team. Stars Over Broadway, then, is close to its best in that moment when Pat O'Brien refuses to permit the opera to claim his protégé. James Melton, and drags him from the Met stage to the microphone to convert his vocal assets into coffee-hour gold. It seemed that the maestri who heard the singer were thrilled with his voice, but felt he needed about five more years of study before chancing a début. And Mr. O'Brien, as he tactfully expressed it, 'needed some dough' and 'wasn't going to wait till I decorate a wheel chair'."[3]


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