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Footlight Parade (1933)

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Chester Kent struggles against time, romance, and a rival's spy to produce spectacular live "prologues" for movie houses.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nan
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Bea
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Scotty
Frank McHugh ...
Francis
Guy Kibbee ...
Gould
Ruth Donnelly ...
Mrs, Gould
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Bowers
Claire Dodd ...
Vivian
Gordon Westcott ...
Thompson
Arthur Hohl ...
Frazer
Renee Whitney ...
Cynthia Kent
Barbara Rogers ...
Gracie
Paul Porcasi ...
Apolinaris
Philip Faversham ...
Joe
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Storyline

Chester Kent produces musical comedies on the stage. With the beginning of the talkies era he changes to producing short musical prologues for movies. This is stressful to him, because he always needs new units and his rival is stealing his ideas. He can get an contract with a producer if he is able to stage in three days three new prologues. In spite of great problems, he does it. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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prologue | stage | secretary | dance | contract | See more »

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Glorious "42nd Street"--magnificent "Golddiggers"--actually surpassed by the master makers of musical films! See more »


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21 October 1933 (USA)  »

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Footlight Parade  »

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$703,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1992. See more »

Goofs

There is no way that the sets for the last three production numbers could have been built, tested and installed in the few hours they had between the idea and the show. None of the productions could have fit on the stage of a movie theater or on any known stage. The "By a Waterfall" number alone was bigger than the entire theater. See more »

Quotes

Chester Kent: Aw, talking pictures, it's just a fad.
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Referenced in Welcome Back, Kotter: One Flu Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Shanghai Lil
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
Performed by James Cagney, Ruby Keeler and Chorus
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Breathtaking dance scenes
4 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

Of course you could never go into a theatre and witness the types of sets you get in this film. From that point of view it is utter fantasy. But who cares? It is certainly true that you will not find this film listed in with Citizen Kane, Battleship Potyomkin and all the other films the pseuds tell us we should be watching. Films like this are worth a hundred Citizen Kanes.It is about what cinema does best: great camera-work, great settings and great performances.

The three spectacular scenes at the end are probably best in the order they are presented, keeping the best till last.

I will gladly watch this film again and again and again and...


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