Broadway

Broadway ★★½

A nightclub set that's the size of an aircraft hangar is treated to some fabulous swooping crane shots that are impressive in scale. Apart from these mechanics, this early talkie is Downtown Dullsville. There is no imagination to the staging of the musical numbers and the dialogue sequences are interminable. This could have been shorn half an hour without loss of plot. Evelyn Brent makes an impression as a sullen chorine but the acting is heavy hoofed throughout. A prime example of how promising films turned bad at the dawn of the Talkies.

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