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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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Nan
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Bea
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Scotty
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Francis
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Gould
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Mrs, Gould
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Bowers
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Vivian
Gordon Westcott ...
Thompson
Arthur Hohl ...
Frazer
Renee Whitney ...
Cynthia Kent
Barbara Rogers ...
Gracie
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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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Jimmy Cagney singing and dancing for the first time on the screen! See more »


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21 October 1933 (USA)  »

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A rivalda fénye  »

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$703,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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John Garfield is often credited as being an extra in this film, five years before signing a Hollywood contract with Warner Brothers, but researchers are in dispute over whether it is actually Garfield in the shot, which lasts 5/6 of one second onscreen. 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 »

Quotes

Chester Kent: Where's Thompson?
Bea: Out for a few minutes.
Chester Kent: He'll be out for life if he doesn't stick closer to business.
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Soundtracks

Ah! The Moon Is Here
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal
Played briefly on piano after Kent puts Scotty in the Cat unit
Performed by Frank McHugh and Dick Powell, also by three members of the 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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