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Directed By
Busby Berkeley

Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Fay Bainter, Richard Quine, Virginia Weidler, Busby Berkeley, Ray MacDonald

Babes on Broadway (1941)
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Movie Review by KoKo
April 4th, 2013

"Hey, Gang! Let's Put On A Show!"

Complete with an off-putting, blackface "Minstrel Show", 1941's Babes On Broadway was a trite "boy-meets-girl" Musical/Comedy (typical of its time) where everyone was literally bubbling over with talent and resourcefullness, and a big, loud "happy ending" was the story's only permissible conclusion.

While WW2 raged on (out of sight, out of mind) in Europe, (back in America) Judy Garland sang out to beat the band, while Mickey Rooney danced and joked his way into the audience's heart (even going so far for laughs as to get into "Carmen Miranda" drag (platform shoes, and all) and do an outrageous tongue-in-cheek impersonation of her).

Directed by famous choreographer, Busby Berkeley, Babes On Broadway was the silliest bunch of fluff that you could ever imagine, going on for far too long with its 2 hour running time.

I know that a lot of people really like Judy Garland, but I am one who has never been a big fan of her often-praised vocal talents. I'll admit that Garland certainly had the knack for singing her songs out with plenty of volume, but there has always been something about the tonal quality of her voice that has just never, ever appealed to me.

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