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Lullaby of Broadway (1951)

Doris Day , Gene Nelson , David Butler  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Doris Day, Gene Nelson, S.Z. Sakall, Billy De Wolfe, Gladys George
  • Directors: David Butler
  • Writers: Earl Baldwin
  • Producers: William Jacobs
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007QS2ZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,307 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lullaby of Broadway" on IMDb

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars COME ON ALONG AND LISTEN TO........ January 4, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
The 1951 Warner Brothers release, "Lullaby of Broadway" was a big success at the box-office. Warners had taken the hit song from one of their big 1930's extravaganzas, dressed it all in pretty technicolor, given it a typical back-stage storyline and filled it with a lot of talented and gifted performers. It was a surefire recipe for success and it succeeded admirably.
From the opening frames when star Doris Day, donned in a tux, ala Eleanor Powell, sings and dances her way delightfully through Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things", the audience is whisked away on a melodic journey. The songs come fast and furious thereby capably keeping the audience from realizing they'd seen the story done before and that the chemistry between Miss Day and co-star Gene Nelson is more like that between a brother and a sister than two sweethearts.
Doris Day arrives in America to visit her mother who she has been led to believe is a great American star. The plot deals with the efforts of those around her in preventing her from realizing the truth. In the meantime Doris meets talented dancer Nelson, they fall in love, and by the end of the picture Day is rendering the ultimate version of the title tune in a lavish number that'll leave a smile on everyones' face.
After only three years of making films, Doris Day easily proves why her rise to superstardom was accompished so quickly. While there is little to challenge her thespian skills, she makes the most of the opportunities presented and is completely winning and natural. It's during the musical sequences that she shows why she was Warner Brothers best musical asset in the late 40's and early 50's. No one else could come close.
Gene Nelson is a very talented and athletic dancer.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doris Day in a high-stepping musical feast! April 1, 2005
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C'mon along and join Doris Day and a top supporting cast in a high-stepping musical feast - the infectious LULLABY OF BROADWAY!

Melinda Howard (Doris Day) a young up-and-coming musical star, has just arrived back in New York, totally unaware that her mother Jessica (Gladys George), once the biggest star on Broadway, is now singing in a dingy tavern. The mansion which Jessica used to own has now been taken over by a rich brewery magnate and his wife (S.Z. Sakall and Florence Bates).

Old-time vaudevilians Lefty and Gloria (Billy DeWolfe and Anne Triola), now the butler and maid of the house, take Melinda under their wing and uphold the ruse that Jessica is just 'out of town'...

Complications arise when Melinda finds herself on the cusp of Broadway fame, just as Jessica's cover is blown! Gene Nelson co-stars as the brash and confident dancer who falls in love with Melinda.

Doris Day as usual gives her all in the lead role. Gladys George was a perfect casting choice for Melinda's washed-up alcoholic mother and Florence Bates is fun in one of her trademark 'society matron' roles. Billy DeWolfe, S.Z. Sakall and Gene Nelson would go on to co-star with Doris Day again in the successful TEA FOR TWO (both movies were made and released in the same year and were big box office drawcards for Warners).

A top Hollywood musical.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Doris Day Films May 26, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I've watched the video about 4 or 5 times and I have come to the conclusion that the film is about one of the best early Doris Day films in existence. The dancing, the singing and the cute story are but a few of the wonderful things the film has to offer. The supporting cast, especially S.Z. Sakall, who was a great Viennese actor in early 1930s, provides one of the best examples of character acting in movie musical history. Florence Bates and Anne Triola, who teams with Billy DeWolfe, are excellent in their roles, too. You would be foolish to pass this one up!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST SEE IF YOU'RE A DORIS DAY FAN!!!! August 16, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
Doris Day is enchanting as Melinda Howard, in this 1950s classic. The songs will have you're toes tapping! This movie is touching, romantic, funny, and most of all entertaining. It is sure to delight both young and old alike. If you are fan of Doris Day, or even if you're not, Lullaby of Broadway, is a must for any movie collection!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars watch it twice a day August 25, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
completely enjoyable with my favorite version of 'Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart' sung and danced by Gene Nelson. If I didn't own it already, I'd buy it again.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Broadway Smash May 13, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I've watched this Musical so many times and still get a great joy in watching it, it's so breath-taking with the songs, dance's and story line. I've just bought this video, and I would recommend it to anyone. Doris Day is my favourite actress of all time, and she teams well with Gene Nelson (who is a fantastic dancer).
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The penny says, "In God We Trust". June 1, 2004
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She's a singer and a tap-dancer. Doris Day does it all. She is an entertainer aboard a cruise ship. She's come back to the United States to visit her mother. Her mother is also a singer, but in a nightclub. What Doris does not know, her mother no longer has the New York house and she is no longer a well-known Broadway star. She is too ashamed to see her daughter the way her life has turned. Very nice musical! Tunes include: "Lullaby of Broadway", "In a Shanty In Old Shanty Town", "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart", "Somebody Loves Me", "I Love The Way You Say Goodnight".
Also in the cast: Billy DeWolfe (one of Doris' closest friends), Gladys George, Florence Bates and Anne Triola.
Best line: Doris gives Gene Nelson a gift. She says that there is a message on there for you. It's a 1949 penny that says atop, "In God We Trust".
Awesome mechanical dolls number.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it. Joanne
Published 4 months ago by J D Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Lullaby of Broadway was great. Doris Day is a favorite of mine and ...
Lullaby of Broadway was great. Doris Day is a favorite of mine and her performances never disappoint. I am rediscovering Gene Nelson who was one of the movies great dancers. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Shirley J. Walker
1.0 out of 5 stars Star Rating 1
Our son gave us this and we were so excited but what we received never worked. It was so disappointing - especially for the cost.
Published 7 months ago by jenna jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Dayglow
Wonderful copy of this fun musical. Doris is wonderful as usual and Gene Nelson a great dancer always underated.
S.Z. Sakel is always a treat as isBilly DeWolf. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Patrick M. Luci
4.0 out of 5 stars a "has been and once was" agrees to subterfuge against her daughter,...
- Adolph Hubbell: "Ferndel was right, you have no eye for beautiful women."
- Lefty Mack: "You shouldn't judge me by my wife. Read more
Published 13 months ago by H. Bala
5.0 out of 5 stars Doris Day talent shines through
A good time movie. Doris day shines and entertains you on three levels, singing
dancing and acting. Gene Nelson does some great dance numbers as well as Doris. Read more
Published 13 months ago by says 'nick'
5.0 out of 5 stars Lullaby of Broadway DVD
This was a Doris Day movie that I saw long ago as a pre-teener so having it now in DVD form is such a dream collection. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Cynthia T
5.0 out of 5 stars LULLABY OF BROADWAY
Published 17 months ago by Connie Patterson
2.0 out of 5 stars Lullaby of Broadway
I am very dissapointed with this product. I played it only once and The second time I tried it my blu ray disc player rejected it, didn't read it. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Armando Gonzalez Salinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Lullaby of Broadway
I loved it when it first came out and always wanted a copy. I called Dodo (Doris) and told her how much I loved it and she was pleased. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Gerald Gordon
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