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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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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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Release Date:

21 October 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Belezas em Revista  »

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Budget:

$703,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Dorothy Lamour. See more »

Goofs

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

Nan Prescott: You scram, before I wrap a chair around your neck!
Vivian Rich: [Angrily] It's three o'clock in the morning - where do you want me to go?
[Nan starts to speak, but Vivian immediately cuts her off]
Vivian Rich: You cheap stenographer...
Nan Prescott: Outside, countess. As long as they've got sidewalks YOU'VE got a job.
[Shoves her out, gives her a swift kick in the rump, and slams the door behind her]
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Anchors Aweigh
(1906) (uncredited)
Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
Played briefly during the Shanghai Lil sequence
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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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