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Broadway Melody of 1940 (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer). An uplifting little tale of backstage unselfishness among the hoofers is mounted with the same gorgeousness, but minus the bounce of Broadway-Melodies of 1936 and 1938. This year emphasis on the male lead has been shifted from glamor (Robert Taylor) to talent (Fred Astaire). With George Murphy and Eleanor Powell (survivor of the two previous Melodies), Astaire taps his way through a half-dozen nimble numbers, including Begin the Beguine, some more recent, less inspired Cole Porter tunes. Frank Morgan chases ungrateful files de joie, who try to make...

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