An odd early musical talkie, billed as the "first million dollar talkie," is an odd mix of the musical and gangster genres. Goes behind the scenes of a Broadway theatre troop that gets entangled in organized crime. Most notable for its Technicolor finale, the film is otherwise rather stilted, a stiff and strange example of a medium that wasn't quite used to sound.
With its breathtaking crane shots, dazzling camera movement, mountainous art deco sets, and daring innovations, "Broadway" is one of the most spectacular and stylish musicals I've ever had the pleasure of seeing. Unfortunately, and somewhat confusingly, the surviving sound version is incomplete (with the Technicolor finale still existing), and the silent version survives in much shorter length.