Best Picture Winners #2 – The Broadway Melody (1929)

And now we have entered a new era: the era of talking movies.

Our project started off well with a silent movie. So I hoped that our second movie in this project, The Broadway Melody, also the first talking movie to win the top Oscar prize, would be just as good as the previous year’s movie.

I’m here to tell you that, eh….. not so much.

Here we have what could be an interesting story. Two sisters with a vaudeville act who want to make it big in New York, and the various things that happen to them along the way, especially in the realm of romance. And that’s about all I can tell you of the plot.

Oh and it’s what could be called a backstage musical, that is, a musical whose plot revolves around the making of a musical and what goes on behind the scenes. That part I found interesting.

The rest?


That’s really all I can say about this movie. One big meh.

I do have to give that for the time period, when talking movies were still really revolutionary, that it’s a good movie. But on its own, it really didn’t hold my interest. When I found my interest wandering to various happenings on Twitter and Facebook instead of the movie, I knew this wouldn’t become a favorite. It was only an hour and forty minutes but it dragged and I didn’t really care much about the characters.

As a side note: it was interesting to see a movie that inspired a scene toward the end of Singin’ in the Rain, also called The Broadway Melody.

1 star out of 5

Next time: It’s back to World War I for an English-language adaptation of a German novel, All Quiet on the Western Front.