Once upon a screen...

There are countless, unforgettable films made during the golden age of Hollywood that were the result of “accidents,” where for one reason or another stars or directors ended up on a film because it was meant to be.  The Barkleys of Broadway is one of those.

Kismet:  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) had intended Charles Walter’s, Easter Parade (1948) as a vehicle for Gene Kelly and Judy Garland.  Gene Kelly was unable to complete the film because he was injured.  Together, Kelly and MGM boss, Louis B. Mayer decide to call Fred Astaire to see if he’d come out of retirement to do the picture.  He does.  Easter Paradeturns out to be MGM’s highest grossing film of 1948 and Astaire and Judy Garland fall in love, they absolutely adore working together.  So, as with all things Hollywood, in hopes of taking advantage of the film and duo’s co-starring success, MGM…

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