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Broadway Bill (1934)




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Just after completing It Happened One Night, director Frank Capra churned out a bread-and-butter picture titled Broadway Bill. Warner Baxter plays the carefree scion of a wealthy, highly-respected family. Baxter's cold but socially correct wife Helen Vinson forces her husband into the family business, but Baxter would rather spend his time at the racetrack. He buys a nag named Broadway Bill and tries to build the horse into a winner--if he doesn't bankrupt himself first. Only Baxter's sister-in-law Myrna Loy and black stable hand Clarence Muse have faith in Broadway Bill. The horse wins a crucial race, but dies suddenly at the finish line. Baxter is comforted and given encouragement by Loy, who is now his sweetheart, Vinson having long since washed her hands of her "irresponsible" husband. Broadway Bill was remade by Capra as Riding High (1950), utilizing generous portions of stock footage and even going so far as to rehire several of the original film's cast members (Douglass Dumbrille, Clarence Muse, Charles Lane, Raymond Walburn, Margaret Hamilton, Frankie Darro) to recreate their roles and match up their scenes from the earlier production. Long withheld from distribution due to Riding High, Broadway Bill was made available for videocassette in the mid-1980s. Keep an eye out for Lucille Ball as a blonde telephone operator and Alan Hale Sr. as a racetrack announcer.


Warner Baxter
as Dan Brooks
Myrna Loy
as Alice
Walter Connolly
as J.L. Higgins
Helen Vinson
as Margaret
Douglass Dumbrille
as Eddie Morgan
Raymond Walburn
as Colonel Pettigrew
Lynne Overman
as Happy McGuire
Frankie Darro
as Ted Williams
Lucille Ball
as Bit Part
Irving Bacon
as Hotdog stand owner
Clara Blandick
as Mrs. Peterson, secretary
Ward Bond
as Morgan's henchman
Edmund Breese
as Presiding judge
Helen Flint
as Mrs. Early
Bess Flowers
as Secretary
Gladys Gale
as Head nurse
Kit Guard
as Cab driver
Forrester Harvey
as Horse trainer
Paul Harvey
as James Whitehall
J. Frank Holliday
as Deputy sheriff
Edward Keane
as Headwaiter
George Meeker
as Henry Early
Helene Millard
as Mrs. Winslow
Jason Robards Sr.
as Arthur Winslow
Ky Robinson
as Deputy sheriff
Harry Semels
as Conductor
Joan Standing
as Secretary
William Strauss
as Pawnbroker
Harry Todd
as Pop Jones
Harry C. Bradley
as Bookkeeper
Eddy Chandler
as Onlooker
Alan Hale
as Orchestra leader
John Ince
as Mayor
Charles Lane
as Morgan's henchman
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Critic Reviews for Broadway Bill

All Critics (7)

The news is that Broadway Bill has that informal and unstudied touch. Also some of the best horse-racing atmosphere ever shot. Also the pleasant Myrna Loy...

April 20, 2020 | Full Review…

Broadway Bill may not make a racing enthusiast out of you. But it will throw considerable light on the psychology of track fanatics in general.

October 2, 2019 | Full Review…

A new Frank Capra picture which is entertaining enough, but by no means another It Happened One Night.

June 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Fine, early Capra--basis for later Crosby musical 'Riding High' (also Capra directed).

January 1, 2008 | Rating: 4/5

Early Capra comedy that's worn well.

August 14, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Broadway Bill


Loy is cute in this movie. Although the story is predictable and I really don't like horse movies, this movie was entertaining, well acted, and funny at times.

Aj V
Aj V

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