Screen Test of Time, Ep. 54: The Broadway Melody of 1936
Screen Test of Time is a podcast where Suzan Eraslan and David Daw set out to watch every movie ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, in order, from the first awards season to, eventually, the present day. Each week, they watch and review a different movie, and when they've watched everything nominated in a particular year, they tell you whether the Oscar went to the right one!
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1935 has been a rough year for our hosts, but this week, they have a wonderful, if surreal respite, in The Broadway Melody of 1936! A totally bonkers plot threads through some truly spectacular musical numbers, starring Eleanor Powell, who was such a phenomenal dancer that Fred Astaire did one movie with her, and then wouldn’t work with her again because she was that much better than he was. Rounding out the cast are an adorably sassy Una Merkel, Robert Taylor as a condescending jerk who looks like the prince of the fairies from a young adult novel, and Jack Benny as a strangely influential gossip columnist who can take a punch better than Rocky.
Year Eligible: 1935 (Nominated)
Additional Audio: “I’ve Got a Feeling You’re Foolin’” and “Sing Before Breakfast” from The Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935)