Charles King

In Defense of The Broadway Melody (1929)

I don’t think any Best Picture winner gets a bad rap more than The Broadway Melody.  And, to an extent, I do agree with it.  I don’t think the story is particularly great.  The premise is pretty basic: two sister vaudevillians move to New York to be in a new show, success drives a wedge between the sisters, drama ensues.  If you want to see some backstage drama, things like All About Eve and 42nd Street would go on to do a far better job.  The acting’s alright, I liked both Bessie Love and Anita Page.  But the thing is, I actually quite like The Broadway Melody.