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    Lord Byron of Broadway

    • Lord Byron of Broadway
      Lord Byron of Broadway FilmPoster.jpeg
      Directed by Harry Beaumont
      William Nigh
      Written by Nell Martin (novel)
      Crane Wilbur
      Starring Charles Kaley
      Ethelind Terry
      Marion Shilling
      Clifton Edwards
      Music by Songs::
      Nacio Herb Brown (music)
      Arthur Freed (lyrics)
      Cinematography Henry Sharp
      Edited by Anne Bauchens
      Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Release date
      February 28, 1930 (1930-02-28)
      Running time
      66 or 77 minutes (sources differ)
      Country United States
      Language English

      Lord Byron of Broadway (1930), also known as What Price Melody?, is an American Pre-Code musical drama film, directed by Harry Beaumont and William Nigh. It was based on a best selling book by Nell Martin, which "was widely praised by critics as an extremely true and amusing romance of stage life." It was filmed in black and white with two-color Technicolor sequences.

      Charles Kaley recorded two of the songs for Brunswick Records (Record Number 4718). These songs were "Should I" and "A Bundle of Love Letters". Both of these songs proved to be major song hits in late 1929 and early 1930 and were recorded by numerous artists. For example, James Melton and Lewis James recorded vocal versions of "A Bundle of Love Letters" while Frank Munn recorded "Should I".

      In 1928, MGM announced it was going to turn the novel Lord Byron of Broadway by Nell Martin into a musical starring stars William Haines and Bessie Love. However, as they both had mediocre singing voices, they were replaced by Charles Kaley, star of Earl Carroll's Vanities and Ethelind Terry, star of Florenz Ziegfeld's Rio Rita. At that time, Kaley and Terry were well-known stage stars. MGM used the "Woman in the Shoe" musical segment in two short films, Nertsery Rhymes (1933) and Roast Beef and Movies (1934).

      The expensive film received mixed reviews, mainly due to the lackluster direction of William Nigh and Harry Beaumont. Its Technicolor sequences and musical score, however, were universally praised. "The story's strong enough to be festooned with Technicolored girls, ballets, songs and effects without breaking down," said Photoplay "You'll like this."



      (1930)
      Music by Nacio Herb Brown
      Lyrics Arthur Freed
      Played on piano by Marion Shilling and sung by Charles Kaley
      Played on piano by Marion Shilling and sung by Cliff Edwards and Charles Kaley in a vaudeville show
      (1930)
      Music by Nacio Herb Brown
      Lyrics Arthur Freed
      Played on piano by Marion Shilling and sung by Charles Kaley
      Played on piano by Marion Shilling and sung by Cliff Edwards and Charles Kaley in a vaudeville show
      (1920)
      Music Richard A. Whiting
      Lyrics by Ray Egan
      Sung by Cliff Edwards in his vaudeville show
      (1920)
      Music Richard A. Whiting
      Lyrics by Ray Egan
      Sung by Cliff Edwards in his vaudeville show
      Music by Nacio Herb Brown
      Lyrics Arthur Freed
      Danced to by Rita Flynn and Hazel Craven in a vaudeville show
      Music by Nacio Herb Brown
      Lyrics Arthur Freed
      Danced to by Rita Flynn and Hazel Craven in a vaudeville show
      (1930)
      Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
      Lyrics by Ray Egan
      Sung offscreen by James Burroughs and danced to by Albertina Rasch Ballet\
      (1930)
      Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
      Lyrics by Ray Egan
      Sung offscreen by James Burroughs and danced to by Albertina Rasch Ballet\
      (1930)
      Music by Nacio Herb Brown
      Lyrics Arthur Freed
      Sung by Charles Kaley at a nightclub
      Reprised by Ethelind Terry at a recording studio
      Played at the end
      (1930)
      Music by Nacio Herb Brown
      Lyrics Arthur Freed
      Sung by Charles Kaley at a nightclub
      Reprised by Ethelind Terry at a recording studio
      Played at the end
      (1930)
      Music by Nacio Herb Brown
      Lyrics Arthur Freed
      Sung by Ethelind Terry, an offscreen male singer and the chorus in a show
      Danced to by the chorus
      Reprised by male trio
      (1930)
      Music by Nacio Herb Brown
      Lyrics Arthur Freed
      Sung by Ethelind Terry, an offscreen male singer and the chorus in a show
      Danced to by the chorus
      Reprised by male trio
      (1930)
      Music by Nacio Herb Brown
      Lyrics Arthur Freed
      Played on piano and sung by Charles Kaley and Benny Rubin
      (1930)
      Music by Nacio Herb Brown
      Lyrics Arthur Freed
      Played on piano and sung by Charles Kaley and Benny Rubin
      (1930)
      Music by Nacio Herb Brown
      Lyrics Arthur Freed
      Played on piano by Marion Shilling on radio and sung by an unidentified male singer
      Reprised by Ethelind Terry on radio
      (1930)
      Music by Nacio Herb Brown
      Lyrics Arthur Freed
      Played on piano by Marion Shilling on radio and sung by an unidentified male singer
      Reprised by Ethelind Terry on radio
      (1930)
      Music by Nacio Herb Brown
      Lyrics Arthur Freed
      Played on piano and sung by Charles Kaley
      (1930)
      Music by Nacio Herb Brown
      Lyrics Arthur Freed
      Played on piano and sung by Charles Kaley
      (1930)
      (From "Chasing Rainbows (1930)")
      Music by Louis Alter
      Lyrics by Joe Goodwin
      Played instrumentally
      (1930)
      (From "Chasing Rainbows (1930)")
      Music by Louis Alter
      Lyrics by Joe Goodwin
      Played instrumentally
      Notes
      • "A Bundle of Love Letters"
      • "The Doll Dance"
      • "Blue Daughter of Heaven"
      • "Should I?"
      • "The Woman in the Shoe"
      • "Old Pal, Why Did You Leave Me?"
      • "Only Love Is Real"
      • "You're the Bride and I'm the Groom"
      • "Love Ain't Nothin' But the Blues"
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