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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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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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A rivalda fénye  »

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$703,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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 »

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

Bea: Nan, are you busy?
Nan Prescott: No, just dreaming lazily about life.
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Referenced in The Cockettes (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Honeymoon Hotel
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler 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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