Danny Rose is a manager of artists, and although he’s not very successful, he nevertheless goes out of his way to help his acts. So when Lou Canova, a singer who has a chance of making a come-back, asks Danny to help him with a problem, Danny helps him. This problem is Lou’s mistress Tina. Lou wants Tina to be at his concerts, otherwise he can’t perform, but he’s married, so Danny has to take her along as if she was his girlfriend. Danny however gets more than he has bargained for when two mobsters come looking for the guy who has hurt their brother by stealing the heart of Tina, the girl he loves.
Broadway Danny Rose is a 1984 American black-and-white comedy film written, directed by and starring Woody Allen. It was screened out of competition at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.
About the Story
A hapless talent manager named Danny Rose, by helping a client, gets dragged into a love triangle involving the mob. His story is told in flashback, an anecdote shared amongst a group of comedians over lunch at New York’s Carnegie Deli. Rose’s one-man talent agency represents countless untalented entertainers, including washed-up lounge singer Lou Canova (Nick Apollo Forte), whose career is on the rebound.
Lou, who has a wife and three kids, is having an affair with a woman, Tina (Mia Farrow), who had previously dated a gangster. Lou wants her to accompany him to his big gig at the Waldorf Astoria, where he will perform in front of Milton Berle, who could potentially hire him for even bigger things.
At the singer’s insistence, Danny Rose acts as a “beard,” masquerading as Tina’s boyfriend to divert attention from the affair. Tina’s ex-boyfriend is extremely jealous, and believing Tina’s relationship with Danny to be real, he orders a hit on Danny, who finds himself in danger of losing both his client and his life.
Danny and Tina narrowly escape, as Danny at gunpoint says Tina’s real boyfriend is one of Danny’s clients who Danny believes is on a cruise for a few weeks. Danny and Tina escape and show up at the Waldorf to find Lou drunk and unprepared to perform. Danny sobers Lou with a unique concoction that he has come up with over the years; Lou sobers up, and gives a command performance.
With a new prestigious talent manager in attendance at the performance, Lou, in front of Tina (and with her encouragement), fires Danny and hires the new manager. Danny, feeling cheated, goes to the Carnegie Deli where he hears that the client he ratted on to save himself was beaten up by the hit men and is now in the hospital. Danny goes to the hospital to console his client and pays his hospital bills.
Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
Directed by: Woody Allen
Starring: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Nick Apollo Forte, Sandy Baron, Corbett Monica, Jackie Gayle, Morty Gunty, Milton Berle, Herb Reynolds
Screenplay by: Woody Allen
Production Design by: Mel Bourne
Cinematography by: Gordon Willis
Film Editing by: Susan E. Morse
Costume Design by: Jeffrey Kurland
Set Decoration by: Leslie Bloom
Distributed by: Orion Pictures
Release Date: January 27, 1984