Babes on Broadway — and here on the Island



Our beloved Mickey Rooney died last week, so we will screen a Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney musical called “Babes on Broadway,” a 1941 film based on the Broadway play of the same name. It will be shown at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23 at the Senior Activity Center.

This film is Mick at his best, singing, dancing and just being the mischievous boy he played so well. Judy Garland plays Penny Morris, a marvelous singer and the right gal to make Mickey’s character, Tommy Williams, realize he should feel bad when he tries to use a group of orphans to promote his show. You see, he was only putting on the show to promote himself. Tommy has an ego as big as his talent. Life can be hard just working in a spaghetti house for tips. The film co-stars Fay Bainter and Virginia Weidler.

As the war news looms, these young kids need to make things right. They sing and dance and put on a great show; we lucky viewers get to enjoy it all. The Busby Berkeley dance numbers were new and fresh back in 1941. They still are, recreated in today’s DVDs.

We hope fans of musicals will come by for this special treat: Mickey and Judy together again just for us.

Running time: 118 minutes

Join us on April 23; we have free treats, comfortable chairs and air conditioning, if we need it. I wish.