Broadway Bill


Broadway Bill (1934)

(featuring Lucille Ball as an Operator)

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Warner Baxter plays the carefree scion of a wealthy, highly-respected family. Baxter's cold but socially correct wife Helen Vinson forces her husband into the family business, but Baxter would rather spend his time at the racetrack. He buys a nag named Broadway Bill and tries to build the horse into a winner, if he doesn't bankrupt himself first.

Only Baxter's sister-in-law Myrna Loy and black stable hand Clarence Muse have faith in Broadway Bill. The horse wins a crucial race, but dies suddenly at the finish line. Baxter is comforted and given encouragement by Loy, who is now his sweetheart, Vinson having long since washed her hands of her "irresponsible" husband.

Special Notes: Written by Robert Riskin this film is based on the short story Strictly Confidential by Mark Hellinger. Director, Frank Capra disliked the final product, and in an effort to make it more to his liking, he remade the film in 1950 as Riding High.

Movie #16
Film Date: 1934

Release Date: December 27, 1934
Film Type: comedy/drama
Film Color: black/white
Studio: Columbia
Film Length: 104 minutes

Frank Capra (Director)
Harry Cohn (Producer)

Character Role:
Lucille Ball (Blonde Telephone Operator) (uncredited)

Supporting Cast:
Warner Baxter (Dan Brooks)
Myrna Loy (Alice Higgins)
Walter Connolly (J.L. Higgins)
Helen Vinson (Margaret Brooks)
Douglas Dumbrille (Eddie Morgan)
Raymond Walburn (Colonel Pettigrew)
Lynne Overman (Happy McGuire)
Clarence Muse (Whitey)
Margaret Hamilton (Edna)
Frankie Darro (Ted Williams)
Inez Courtney (Mae, nurse)
John Ince (Mayor)
Harry Holman (Rube)
George Meeker (Henry Early)
Charles Lane (Morgan's henchman)
Edward Keane (Headwaiter)
Charles B. Middleton (Veterinarian)
Frank Holliday (Deputy sheriff)
Joan Standing (Secretary)
Harry Semels (Conductor)
William Strauss (Pawnbroker)
Harry Todd (Pop Jones)
Helene Millard (Mrs. Winslow
Dennis O'Keefe)
Ky Robinson (Deputy sheriff)
Tom Ricketts (Johnson, the butler)
Jason Robards, Sr. (Arthur Winslow)
Charles Wilson (Collins)
Clara Blandick (Mrs. Peterson, secretary)
James "Doc" Blakely (Intern)
Stanley Blystone (Jailer)
Ward Bond (Morgan's henchman)
Harry C. Bradley (Bookkeeper)
Robert (Tex) Allen (Reporter)
Ernie S. Adams (Patient)
Herman Bing (Waiter)
Irving Bacon (Hotdog stand owner)
Paul Harvey (James Whitehall)
Kit Guard (Cab driver)
Claude Gillingwater (J.P. Chase)
Alan Hale (Orchestra leader)
Forrester Harvey (Horse trainer)
Edmund Breese (Presiding judge)
George Cooper (Joe)
Eddy Chandler (Onlooker
Gladys Gale (Head nurse)
Helen Flint (Mrs. Early)
Bess Flowers (Secretary)