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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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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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$703,000 (estimated)
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. 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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Policeman: Mr. Kent, seeing all these girls gives me a lot of ideas.
Chester Kent: And don't let them keep you awake.
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Edited into Mame (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

You're the Flower of My Heart, Sweet Adeline
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Armstrong (as Harry W. Armstrong)
Lyrics by Richard H. Gerard
Sung briefly by Dick Powell
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Is this a great movie - or what?
14 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

It has singing. It has drama. It has comedy. It has a story. It's one of the greatest movies ever made ... period. If you can't enjoy this movie, then you must be either asleep or in some kind of mental disarray. In "Yankee Doodle Dandy" James Cagney sings and dances his way to an Academy Award; but in this movie he is BETTER! This is James Cagney at his quisessential BEST! He's fast with the one-liners! He's fast with his feet! It's nonstop action. And the song-and-dance skits are classics, especially "Shanghai Lil." And the supporting cast is great; and the entire movie is upbeat, fast moving, and exudes confidence. And even though this movie was made over 70 years ago, it's still watchable, even today. And of course, this movie features Miss Ruby Keeler (who was married to Al Jolson). She is the perfect partner for James Cagney ... and Dick Powell too! If you like upbeat, fast paced movies, with lots of singing and dancing, this is the movie to watch.


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