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Footlight Parade (1933)

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

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Bea Thorn
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Scotty Blair
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Francis
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Silas Gould
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Mrs. Harriet Gould
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Bowers
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Vivian Rich
Gordon Westcott ...
Thompson
Arthur Hohl ...
Frazer
Renee Whitney ...
Cynthia Kent
Barbara Rogers ...
Gracie
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Apolinaris
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Joe Grant
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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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$703,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1992. See more »

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The newspaper claims that Honeymoon Hotel has "400 rooms, 400 baths," and yet later we see all guests of each floor disappearing into a single bathroom on each floor. See more »

Quotes

Chester Kent: Sometimes I get the feeling you don't like anybody.
Nan Prescott: If you only knew.
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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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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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