Lord Byron of Broadway (1930)
Roy Erskine (Charles Kaley) is aiming for songwriting stardom. And if he has to use and abuse a lineup of Broadway babies to do it, that’s fine with Roy. This smoky-hearted tale of a heel on the rise shows the dark side of the moon-June-spoon plots at the center of most early musicals. The cast includes Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards (later the voice of Jiminy Cricket), whose wide-eyed mug serves as counterpoint to the film’s worldly attitude. The songs include the Arthur Freed-Nacio Herb Brown evergreen Should I? More highlights: two production numbers filmed in color and some nifty overhead dance shots created a year before Busby Berkeley wowed moviegoers with the same technique in Whoopee.
Price: 14.49

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