Rainbow Over Broadway (December 1, 1933)

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Rainbow over Broadway
 

Released on December 1, 1933: A family in Kansas City gets their big chance at fame and fortune in New York.

Directed by Richard Thorpe

The Actors: Joan Marsh (Judy Chibbins), Frank Albertson (Don Hayes), Lucien Littlefield (Timothy Chibbins), Grace Hayes (Trixie Valleron), Gladys Blake (Nellie Valleron), Glen Boles (Mickey Chibbons), Dell Henderson (Bowers), Nat Carr (Sanfield), Harry Myers (Berwiskey), May Beatty (Queenie Bowers), George Grandee (Bob Timmons), Aline Goodwin (unknown), Maxine Lewis (unknown)

 

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Double-Crossing Old Battle-Axe!

Just when I get a good 'she is the mean old witch in this movie' mood everything starts to change, and turns everything upside down. I think it is a generation thing, and it is just as valid today as it was back in 1933 with Trixie, Queenie and Judy. Trixie was hot stuff on Broadway back in the old days, but today she is married to a hick from Kansas City and her days of being the star of the show are long past. She is so stuck on herself that when she married Timothy Chibbins for a meal ticket she demanded on keeping her name, 'Trixie Valleron' - she cannot imagine claiming a name like 'Chibbins' - not a lady of her stature! What a snobby witch! Her adult step-children are 'with it' and want a chance at life as song writers, but not Trixie's old slow melodramatic kind of singing . . . they think that the faster jazz/swing music is the way to go, and Trixie should just fade away and let the kids have a chance at life. About this time, as a big fan of swing music, I am agreeing with them, and just waiting for Trixie to get hers. But like all big, somewhat dysfunctional families, it isn't going to be as simple as that. Trixie has a lot of character traits that I just cannot bring myself to admire, but . . . . every flower in the garden is a part of the beauty if you have the eyes to recognize it, whether rose or carnation, and this movie adroitly brings that out in a pretty good way. By the end of this short musical drama, after Trixie gets into a cat fight with Queenie and comes home with a black eye, I'm reconsidering who is the rose and who is the carnation - maybe the whole family is roses. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and decide for yourself!

Dell Henderson and Lucien Littlefield
Dell Henderson and Lucien Littlefield
Frank Albertson and Joan Marsh
Frank Albertson and Joan Marsh
Frank Albertson and Nat Carr
Frank Albertson and Nat Carr
Frank Albertson and Don Hayes
Frank Albertson and Don Hayes
Frank Albertson proposes to Joan Marsh
Frank Albertson proposes to Joan Marsh
George Grandee, Lucien Littlefield and Joan Marsh
George Grandee, Lucien Littlefield and Joan Marsh
George Grandee as Bob Chibbins plays and sings his song
George Grandee as Bob Chibbins plays and sings his song
Gladys Blake flirts with Frank Albertson
Gladys Blake flirts with Frank Albertson
Grace Hayes and Lucien Littlefield
Grace Hayes and Lucien Littlefield
Grace Hayes visits May Beatty
Grace Hayes visits May Beatty
Grace Hayes singing in the nightclub
Grace Hayes singing in the nightclub
George Grandee plays piano as Grace Hayes sings
George Grandee plays piano as Grace Hayes sings
Lucien Littlefield as Timothy Chibbins
Lucien Littlefield as Timothy Chibbins
May Beatty as Queenie
May Beatty as Queenie
May Beatty in Rainbow over Broadway
May Beatty in Rainbow over Broadway
Movie credit screen for Dell Henderson
Movie credit screen for Dell Henderson
Movie Credit Screen for Frank Albertson
Movie Credit Screen for Frank Albertson
Movie Credit Screen for Gladys Blake
Movie Credit Screen for Gladys Blake
Movie Credit Screen for Glen Boles
Movie Credit Screen for Glen Boles
Movie Credit Screen for Grace Hayes
Movie Credit Screen for Grace Hayes
Movie Credit Screen for Joan Marsh
Movie Credit Screen for Joan Marsh
Movie Credit Screen for Lucien Littlefield
Movie Credit Screen for Lucien Littlefield
Movie Credit Screen for May Beatty
Movie Credit Screen for May Beatty
Nat Carr, Glen Boles and Grace Hays at the nightclub
Nat Carr, Glen Boles and Grace Hays at the nightclub
Nat Carr as nightclub owner Sanfield
Nat Carr as nightclub owner Sanfield
Nat Carr in Rainbow Over Broadway
Nat Carr in Rainbow Over Broadway
The family in Kansas City gets the call from New York offering Trixie a big break
The family in Kansas City gets the call from New York offering Trixie a big break