Broadway star

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German title Broadway star
Original title Look for the silver lining
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1949
length 95 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director David Butler
script Henry Ephron
Phoebe Ephron
Marian Spitzer
production William Jacobs
music David Buttolph
camera J. Peverell Marley
cut Irene Morra

Broadway Star is an American biopic from 1949 about the dancer and singer Marilyn Miller (1898-1936). The script is based on the biographical stories of Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby .


During a rehearsal, Marilyn Miller, the star of the theatrical performance, falls faint. In her locker room, she remembers her career when a man brought her the old poster of a performance by the Five Columbians .

In her hometown of Ohio, Marilyn leaves school to play as the Five Columbians with her parents and sisters Claire and Ruth . She meets her idol, the dancer Jack Donahue. When the whole family except Marilyn falls ill with mumps and is quarantined, Jack suggests that Marilyn form a singing and dancing duo with him. The duo become so successful that this part of the performance becomes part of the family performance.

While the family is visiting London, Jack brings Marilyn's attention to a Broadway producer. In 1914 she made her first appearance on Broadway. At first, Marilyn can't stand her partner Frank Carter. But he stands up for her when authorities suspect she is still a minor. On the evening of the premiere, Frank gives her a small ceramic elephant as a talisman. When war breaks out in Europe, Frank reports to the army. Marilyn wants him to marry her, but Frank insists on waiting until the end of the war. Frank returns from the war, the couple is together again. Frank stays true to his tradition of giving her a ceramic elephant at the premiere. But for the premiere of Marilyn's new play Sally , the talisman arrives too late and broken. After the performance, Marilyn learns that Frank was fatally injured in a traffic accident.

After the play Sally is canceled, Marilyn withdraws from the theater. But the quiet life is not for them. She asks her manager to get her the lead role in the new play Sunny . Producer Henry Doran, who found his interest in the theater through Marilyn, can only imagine her in the lead role. Henry falls in love with Marilyn, who however hesitantly accepts his marriage proposal.

Back in the present, Marilyn receives a visit from Jack. He tells her about his dream of dying on stage during the final performance. Henry learns that his wife is weak and wants a doctor to come. Marilyn assures him it is nothing serious. Henry leaves the two of them alone. Marilyn tells Jack that her doctor advised her to stop. But she knows that her life would be meaningless without the theater. She decides to move on.


The lexicon of international film sees the work as a “modest production, the bumpy plot of which provides the framework for some original vaudeville numbers. Pleasant entertainment with humor and musical temperament. "

Bosley Crowther of the New York Times described the film as a lengthy, unimaginative romance on a regular basis.


In 1950 the musical director Ray Heindorf was nominated for an Oscar in the category of best film music (musical) .


The production of Warner Bros. premiered on June 23, 1949 in New York. In Germany, the film first appeared in cinemas exactly one year later.

The costumes were by William Travilla and Marjorie Best .

The plays Sally and Sunny were filmed in 1929 and 1930 with Marilyn Miller.

In 1946, Marilyn Miller was played by Judy Garland in the film Till the Clouds Roll By .

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Individual evidence

  1. Star from Broadway. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  2. Critique of the New York Times (Eng.)