BOOTLEG FILES 679: “Main Street to Broadway” (1953 all-star film).
LAST SEEN: We cannot confirm the last public exhibition of this film.
AMERICAN HOME VIDEO: Only as a bootleg.
REASON FOR BOOTLEG STATUS: Never made available for U.S. commercial home entertainment release.
CHANCES OF SEEING A COMMERCIAL DVD RELEASE: Not for a long time.
One of the most curious flops of the 1950s was an all-star feature called “Main Street to Broadway.” Originally intended as a fundraising vehicle for a nonprofit devoted to the promotion of live theater, the film went through an excessively ambitious pre-production cycle but emerged as a predictable and strangely unsatisfactory effort that fell considerably short of its lofty mission.
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The episode is available here.