|Directed by||Lloyd Bacon|
|Produced by||Samuel Bischoff|
|Written by||Sig Herzig|
|Screenplay by||Warren B. Duff|
|Music by||Heinz Roemheld|
Leo F. Forbstein
|Edited by||George Amy|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|July 27, 1935|
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Richard "Dick" Purcell (Dick Powell), a taxi driver, aspires to achieve his dream of becoming a singer. After a couple of theatre critics discover him while riding in his cab, one of them recommends him to a radio producer (Grant Mitchell). The producer's secretary, Alice Hughes (Joan Blondell), hears him sing and falls in love with him. She sets up an audition for Dick to sing for the sponsor, Mrs. Flaggenheim (Louise Fazenda). He's late for his audition and blows his big chance.
Convinced she must go to Italy to find a good enough singer, with enough "romance" to represent her fine cheese products, Mrs. Flaggenheim takes Alice with her to find one in Venice. Dick watches as Alice boards the ship and manages to get on board and work for his passage to Italy. When in Venice, he looks up his friend and mentor from New York City, professor de Vinci (Adolphe Menjou), who had gone ahead to use his old connections to help Dick's singing career. They manage to score a couple of jobs as gondoliers for an upcoming event.
Dick uses the opportunity to showcase his voice. Mrs. Flaggenheim hears him and wants to sign him to a contract immediately, thinking he's an authentic Italian named "Ricardo Purcelli". Alice recognizes him, but they continue to hide his true identity and they all go back to New York, where he quickly becomes a radio sensation. Alice's jilted boyfriend finds out Ricardo Purcelli is actually just Dick and gives him an ultimatum. Dick must decide if he wants to continue masquerading as Ricardo and finally attain the fame and fortune he'd always dreamed of....or give it all up for Alice, the one he loves.
- Dick Powell as Richard 'Dick' Purcell, aka Ricardo Purcelli
- Joan Blondell as Alice Hughes
- Adolphe Menjou as Professor Eduardo de Vinci
- Louise Fazenda as Mrs. Flaggenheim
- William Gargan as Cliff Stanley
- George Barbier as Music Critic Hayward
- Grant Mitchell as E. V. Richards, Radio Producer
- The Mills Brothers as themselves
- George Chandler as Photographer
According to Warner Bros records the film earned $795,000 domestically and $324,000 foreign.
- Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 16 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551
- IMDB page for Broadway Gondolier
- Broadway Gondolier at AllMovie
- Broadway Gondolier at the TCM Movie Database
- Broadway Gondolier at the American Film Institute Catalog
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