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Worth it for the historic value and a few good tune.
on 2 September 2016
The first ever academy awards were held in 1928 and were for movies in 1927 and 1928. The Oscars went to some of the greatest silent movies ever made such as "Seventh Heaven". The second academy awards took place in 1930 for films made in 1929 and the award for "Outstanding Picture" went to "The Broadway Melody", a film advertised on the movie posters as "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Talking, Singing, Dancing Dramatic Sensation". I hate to say it but the arrival of talkies definitely produced awards for movies below the standard of the great silents of the late 1920s.
Charles King, the male lead, introduced two great songs in "The Broadway Melody" which he delivers as though he is Al Jolson, and "You Were Meant For Me" but his film career deservedly ended in 1930 and he returned to Broadway. His performance is disappointing. The female leads, Bessie Love and Anita Page, were much better. Without them the film would have been just an average hoofer movie.
This film is, of course, getting on for ninety years old so you would expect the sound and picture quality to be not up to par even digitally remastered. That is so with this product. It can't be helped but there it is.
Is it enjoyable? - well yes it is if you like old movies with decent tunes and some good acting amongst the mediocre. Is it worth seeing for it's film history value? - undoubtedly yes. Will I be blown away? - well no.
I enjoyed it. I love film and this is an interesting product of it's age but there are other better musicals that from the early thirties that stand the test of time much better.