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Broadway is a 1942 crime drama musical film directed by William A. Seiter and starring George Raft as himself and Pat O'Brien as a detective.[2][2] The supporting cast features Janet Blair and Broderick Crawford.

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Directed byWilliam A. Seiter
Produced byBruce Manning
Screenplay byFelix Jackson
John Bright
StarringGeorge Raft
Pat O'Brien
Music byFrank Skinner
CinematographyGeorge Barnes
Edited byTed J. Kent
(as Ted Kent)
Bruce Manning Productions
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • March 23, 1942 (1942-03-23) (San Francisco)
  • April 17, 1942 (1942-04-17) (New York City)
  • May 8, 1942 (1942-05-08) (Los Angeles)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.1 million[1]

Another fictionalized biographical movie based on Raft's life, The George Raft Story (1961) featured a different actor (Ray Danton) playing Raft.



A Hollywood dancer (George Raft playing George Raft) returns to Manhattan and recalls working in a nightclub with a bootlegger's (Broderick Crawford) girlfriend.



The film was an adaptation of a Broadway show which had previously been filmed in 1929. On Broadway, Lee Tracy played the dancer, Thomas Jackson played the detective and Paul Porcasi played the night club owner. In the 1929 film, Jackson and Porcasi reprised their roles and Glenn Tryon replaced Tracy. Pat O'Brien once played the detective role in a road show.[3]

Universal had paid $175,000 for the rights.[4]) Raft had wanted to make it at Universal - he was announced in February 1941[5] - but Jack Warner refused to loan him out so Raft spent eight months on suspension.[6] Eventually Warners relented and Raft made the film.[7] Raft said he had to pay $27,500 out of his own pocket and negotiate so that Warners could borrow Brod Crawford from Universal.[4]

Producer Bruce Manning wanted to make a reasonably faithful adaptation. However he added a prologue and epilogue. He did consider making the bootleggers into foreign agents. He discussed the story with George Raft and recognised the similarities the story of Roy, the dancer, had with the career of George Raft.[8]


The film was a success with audiences.[7]

The Los Angeles Times called it a "sock melodrama".[9]


  1. ^ "101 Pix Gross in Millions". Variety. 6 January 1943. p. 58.
  2. ^ a b "Broadway". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  3. ^ 'Broadway' tradition is perpetuated. (1942, May 25). The Washington Post (1923-1954) Retrieved from
  4. ^ a b A FEW HOLLYWOOD ACHES AND PAINS: Metro Gauges Public Reaction to Ayres Case -- Mr. Raft Protests By THOMAS F. BRADY HOLLYWOOD. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 05 Apr 1942: X3.
  5. ^ Universal plans program including 61 major offerings. (1941, Feb 11). Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  6. ^ By, T. B. (1942, Jan 11). THE HOLLYWOOD SCENE. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  7. ^ a b Everett Aaker, The Films of George Raft, McFarland & Company, 2013 p 100
  8. ^ Scheuer, P. K. (1942, Mar 10). SCREEN. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  9. ^ Scheuer, P. K. (1942, Jun 26). 'Broadway' packs thrill as remake. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from

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