LUCY'S MOVIE GUIDE
Broadway Through a Keyhole
(featuring Lucille Ball as Beach Girl)
This drama was written by famed radio announcer Walter Winchell. It chronicles the tragic love between a racketeer and a singer.
So smitten is the guy by the chorus girl's charms that he buys her a nightclub. Unfortunately for him, the club's male crooner/bandleader also loves the girl. Realizing that he cannot compete, the crook bows out. However, during her wedding the racketeer lays down his life in exchange for hers when others attempt to kidnap her.
He is shot, but survives. In the hospital he listens to the radio and hears that he is considered a hero and that the would-be kidnappers have been killed.
Special Notes: The film is perhaps most notable for the New York City speakeasy proprietress Texas Guinan appearing as a fictionalized version of herself. Besides featuring Lucille Ball, It also features early appearances by Ann Sothern, and Susan Fleming.