Ziegfeld Girl: An elevator operator, a wife of a struggling concert violinist, a born-in-a-trunk vaudevillian: they're three different women on three different paths of life, yet they soon share one dream--to become a Ziegfeld Girl. Lana Turner, Hedy Lamarr and Judy Garland play the respect three trying for stardom in this sumptuous extravaganza. James Stewart adds to the star wattage, playing the jilted truck-driving beau of Turner's footlight diva and legendary innovator. Busby Berkeley brings his imaginative camerawork and toe-tapping numbers that include Garland's massively scaled and calypso-infused MINNIE FROM TRINIDAD. Add a lavish, show-girl revue finale that reprises the rhapsodic YOU STEPPED OUT OF A DREAM, and you get the perfect recipe for entertainment. BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940: The job--a career breakthrough--is supposed to go to hoofer Johnny Brett (Fred Astaire), but a mix-up in names gives it to his partner. Another example of Broadway hopes dashed? Not when Johnny is played by the debonair Astaire. Sparkling Cole Porter tunes, clever comedy and dance legends Eleanor Powell and Fred Astaire make Broadway Melody a musical to remember. A strong supporting cast of George Murphy, Frank Morgan, Ian Hunter and Florence Rice along with the stunning dance BEGIN the BEGUINE will satisfy any movie fan.
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