Babes on Broadway

Babes on Broadway

Theatrical Film Poster
Directed by Busby Berkeley
Vincente Minnelli (uncredited)
Produced by Arthur Freed
Written by Fred F. Finklehoffe
Starring Mickey Rooney
Judy Garland
Music by Score:
Leo Arnaud
George Bassman
George Stoll
(all uncredited)
Burton Lane (music)
Roger Edens (music)
E.Y. Harburg (lyrics)
Ralph Freed (lyrics)
et al. (all uncredited)
Cinematography Lester White
Edited by Fredrick Y. Smith
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
1941 (1941)
Running time
118 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $955,000[1]
Box office $3.8 million[1]

Babes on Broadway is a 1941 American musical film starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland and directed by Busby Berkeley, with Vincente Minnelli directing Garland's big solo numbers.[2] The film, which features Fay Bainter and Virginia Weidler, was the third in the "Backyard Musical" series about kids who put on their own show, following Babes in Arms (1939) and Strike Up the Band (1940). Songs in the film include "Babes on Broadway" by Burton Lane (music) and E.Y. "Yip" Harburg (lyrics), and "How About You?" by Lane with lyrics by Ralph Freed, the brother of producer Arthur Freed. The movie ends with a minstrel show performed by the main cast in blackface.



This was the third film in the "Backyard Musical" series, which included Babes in Arms (1939), Strike Up the Band (1940) and Girl Crazy (1943). Good News (1947) and Summer Stock (1950) were also originally planned to become part of the series. Judy Garland starred in the latter with Gene Kelly.

The film was stalled in the middle of production when Garland secretly flew to Las Vegas to wed her first husband David Rose. She was 19 years old.

Musical numbers

Box office

According to MGM records the film earned $2,363,000 in the US and Canada and $1,496,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $1,720,000.[1][3]

DVD release

Babes on Broadway was released on DVD for the first time as part of a 5-disc DVD set The Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland Collection on September 25, 2007. The set contains Babes on Broadway, Babes in Arms, Girl Crazy, and Strike Up the Band, as well as a fifth disc containing bonus features on Rooney and Garland.[4]


  1. 1 2 3 The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. Higham, Charles; Greenberg, Joel (1968). Hollywood in the Forties. London: A. Zwemmer Limited. p. 172. ISBN 0-302-00477-7.
  3. "101 Pix Gross in Millions", Variety 6 Jan 1943, p. 58
  4. The Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland Collection (Babes in Arms / Babes on Broadway / Girl Crazy / Strike Up the Band): Movies & TV: Mickey Rooney,Judy Garland

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