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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

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 | contract | dance | See more »

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Climaxing Warner Bros.' glittering parade of musicals! See more »


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Release Date:

21 October 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Belezas em Revista  »

Box Office

Budget:

$703,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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The film that Guy Kibbee and Arthur Hohl takes James Cagney to see is The Telegraph Trail (1933). 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: Listen, Nan, send a new boy and girl on right away, and make sure they're not in love with each other.
Nan Prescott: Right.
Chester Kent: Uh, get a couple already married.
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Soundtracks

One Step Ahead of My Shadow
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal
Played when Kent introduces Scotty to Mac
Performed by a rehearsing chorus line
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Is this a great movie - or what?
14 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It has singing. It has drama. It has comedy. It has a story. It's one of the greatest movies ever made ... period. If you can't enjoy this movie, then you must be either asleep or in some kind of mental disarray. In "Yankee Doodle Dandy" James Cagney sings and dances his way to an Academy Award; but in this movie he is BETTER! This is James Cagney at his quisessential BEST! He's fast with the one-liners! He's fast with his feet! It's nonstop action. And the song-and-dance skits are classics, especially "Shanghai Lil." And the supporting cast is great; and the entire movie is upbeat, fast moving, and exudes confidence. And even though this movie was made over 70 years ago, it's still watchable, even today. And of course, this movie features Miss Ruby Keeler (who was married to Al Jolson). She is the perfect partner for James Cagney ... and Dick Powell too! If you like upbeat, fast paced movies, with lots of singing and dancing, this is the movie to watch.


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