Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Broadway Melody (1929)

Harriet and Queenie Mahoney, a vaudeville act, come to Broadway, where their friend Eddie Kerns needs them for his number in one of Francis Zanfield's shows. [imdb]

Nominated for 3 Oscars:

Best Picture (WINNER)
Best Director: Harry Beaumont
Best Actress: Bessie Love

The 2nd Best Picture winner in Oscar history is a big bleah. It's actually some kind of an excuse to play one or two songs and show a couple of big stage dance numbers. It was difficult to watch, mostly because of the awful writing and the bad performances.

The only one who does something right (or at least really tries to) is Oscar nominated Bessie Love, playing the tough but always good hearted sister. She gets one or two good scenes that make for the only emotional stuff in the film. Other than that: blah blah blah. And the men (both the actors AND their characters): totally annoying and acting like idiots; how annoying was the leading man?! The dance numbers are ok, same for the costumes and the glittery stuff (interesting to see something Chicago-like done in its contemporary era).

My rating for the film: 4/10. Why am I being so f*cking generous?! I used to think Crash was the worst BP winner ever; I might change my mind.


  1. Wow , you thought Crash was a bad Best Picture winner ? Why ?

  2. because I really disliked it when I saw it. I've seen it once 4 years ago and I thought it was shit. and definitely not worthy of a BP win. I might change my mind when I see it again