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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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Scotty
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Francis
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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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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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All directed and staged by the internationally famous creators of "42nd Street", Lloyd Bacon and Busby Berkeley. CAN YOU EVEN THINK OF MISSING IT? See more »


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21 October 1933 (USA)  »

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Belezas em Revista  »

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$703,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The film that Guy Kibbee and Arthur Hohl takes James Cagney to see is The Telegraph Trail (1933). See more »

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Before the bus leaves for the three prologue performances the call board reads Diana Theatre 8pm, Mercury Theatre 9pm and Jupiter Theatre 10pm. They arrive at the Jupiter Theatre first and proceed in reverse order from what was written on the call board. See more »

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Vivian Rich: Chester, it's like being in jail.
Chester Kent: Sorry, dear, better get used to it.
Nan Prescott: She is used to it.
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Sittin' on a Back Yard Fence
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal
Played during the Cat unit rehearsal
Danced by Ruby Keeler
Performed by Ruby Keeler, Billy Taft and Chorus
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They don't make them like this anymore!
20 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Clever, gritty, witty, fast-paced, sexy, extravagant, sleazy, erotic, heartfelt and corny, Footlight Parade is a first-class entertainment, what the movies are all about.

The realistic, satirical treatment gives a fresh edge to the material and its pace and line delivery are breathtaking. To think that they only started making feature talking pictures 7 years before this! The brilliance of the dialogue cannot be matched anywhere today, especially considering that "realism" has taken over and engulfed contemporary cinema.

This film was made at a time when the Hayes code restricting content was being ignored and the result is a fresh, self-referential, critical and living cinema that spoke directly to contemporary audiences suffering through the depression and the general angst of the age. I'd recommend watching any film from this period, that is 1930-1935, for a vision of what popular cinema can potentially be.


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