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Director:
Writers:
Manuel Seff (screen play) and
James Seymour (screen play)
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Release Date:
21 October 1933 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Climaxing Warner Bros.' glittering parade of musicals! See more »
Plot:
Chester Kent struggles against time, romance, and a rival's spy to produce spectacular live "prologues" for movie houses. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Depression Era Musical Masterpiece See more (53 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Cagney ... Chester Kent

Joan Blondell ... Nan

Ruby Keeler ... Bea

Dick Powell ... Scotty
Frank McHugh ... Francis
Guy Kibbee ... Gould
Ruth Donnelly ... Mrs, Gould

Hugh Herbert ... Bowers
Claire Dodd ... Vivian
Gordon Westcott ... Thompson
Arthur Hohl ... Frazer
Renee Whitney ... Cynthia Kent
Barbara Rogers ... Gracie
Paul Porcasi ... Apolinaris
Philip Faversham ... Joe
Herman Bing ... Fralick
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Avis Adair ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Loretta Andrews ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Bonnie Bannon ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Gracie Barrie ... Third auditioning singer (uncredited)

Billy Barty ... Mouse / Little Boy (uncredited)
Eleanor Bayley ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Busby Berkeley ... Drugstore Clerk (uncredited)
Lynn Browning ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Title-Thinker-Upper (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Druggist (uncredited)
Jimmy Conlin ... Uncle in 'Honeymoon Hotel' (uncredited)
Virginia Dabney ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Mary Dees ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Mildred Dixon ... Maid in 'Honeymoon Hotel' (uncredited)
Maxine Doyle ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Claudia Drake ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Shirley Dunstead ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Marlo Dwyer ... Chorus Girl (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Pat Fara ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Patsy Farnum ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Patricia Farr ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Otto Fries ... Bartender in 'Shanghai Lil' (uncredited)
June Gittelson ... Myrtle (uncredited)
June Glory ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Mary Gordon ... Wardrobe woman on bus (uncredited)
Betty Jane Graham ... Sister in 'Honeymoon Hotel' (uncredited)
Roger Gray ... Sailor Pal in 'Shanghai Lil' (uncredited)
Peggy Grove ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Ann Hovey ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
John Hyams ... Father in 'Honeymoon Hotel' (uncredited)
Amo Ingraham ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Ann Ingraham ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
William Irving ... Doorman in 'Honeymoon Hotel' (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... House Detective in 'Honeymoon Hotel' (uncredited)
Donna La Barr ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Bobbie La Salle ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Adele Lacy ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Lois Lacy ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Dorothy Lamour ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Lillian Lawrence ... Aunt Matilda in 'Honeymoon Hotel' (uncredited)
Lorena Layson ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Cynthia Lindsay ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Lois Lindsay ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Mae Madison ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Lorraine Marshall ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Porter in 'Honeymoon Hotel' (uncredited)
Leila McIntyre ... Mother in 'Honeymoon Hotel' (uncredited)
William V. Mong ... Auditor (uncredited)
Lee Moran ... Mac - the Dance Director (uncredited)
Dave O'Brien ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Sue Rainey ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Donna Mae Roberts ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Jean Rogers ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Rosalie Roy ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Harry Seymour ... Desk Clerk in 'Honeymoon Hotel' / Joe (uncredited)

Ann Sothern ... Lady at Bar in 'Shanghai Lil' (uncredited)
Billy Taft ... Boy Cat 'Sittin' on a Backyard Fence' / Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Victoria Vinton ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Juliet Ware ... Miss Smythe (uncredited)
Charles C. Wilson ... Policeman (uncredited)
Vivian Wilson ... Chorus girl (uncredited)
Pat Wing ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Duke York ... Sailor on Table in 'Shanghai Lil' (uncredited)

Directed by
Lloyd Bacon 
 
Writing credits
Manuel Seff (screen play) and
James Seymour (screen play)

Robert Lord  story (uncredited)
Peter Milne  story (uncredited)

Produced by
Robert Lord .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
George Barnes (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
George Amy (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Anton Grot 
Jack Okey 
 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gordon Hollingshead .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Herbert Plews .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Oliver S. Garretson .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Barnhouse .... chief grip (uncredited)
Leo Green .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Jack Koffman .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Warren Lynch .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Scotty Welbourne .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Al Dubin .... music and lyrics by
Sammy Fain .... music and lyrics by
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
Irving Kahal .... music and lyrics by
Harry Warren .... music and lyrics by
Ray Heindorf .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Busby Berkeley .... numbers created and directed by
William Keighley .... dialogue director
Lewis Geib .... technical director (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
104 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:G | UK:U | UK:A (original rating, cut version) | USA:G | USA:Approved (PCA #2649) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Film debut of Dorothy Lamour.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:[to Vivian Rich] I'd rather you sue me than marry me.See more »
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Soundtrack:
One Step Ahead of My ShadowSee more »

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42 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Depression Era Musical Masterpiece, 23 July 2002
Author: claudiacasswell

Footlight Parade is among the best of the 1930's musical comedy extravaganzas. A snappy script and an all-star cast including Jimmy Cagney, the lovely Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, and Ruby Keeler make this film a cut above the rest. Directed and choreographed by the creative genius Busby Berkeley, this film will have you grinning from ear-to-ear from start to finish.

Busby, of course, is the undisputed master of the Hollywood musical with "Gold Diggers of 1933" and "42nd Street" to his credit (as Dance Director). Footlight Parade is graced by hundreds of scantily-clad chorus girls, a Berkeley trademark. The elaborate dance numbers were shot with only one camera and Busby was the first director to film close-ups of the dancers. His obsession with shapely legs and "rear-view" shots is amply demonstrated here. The overall effect is highly erotic and mesmerizing.

Our boy Jimmy Cagney plays Chester Kent, a producer of "prologues" or short musical stage productions that were performed in movie theaters to entertain the audience before the talkies were shown. He's surrounded by crooked partners, a corporate spy, and a gold-digging girlfriend. Although Cagney had a solid background in vaudeville, this was the first film in which he showed his dancing talents. Joan Blondell is memorable as Cagney's wise-cracking, lovestruck secretary. And Ruby Keeler is adorable, as always.

The film climaxes with three outstanding production numbers, "Honeymoon Hotel", "The Waterfall", and "Shanghai Lil", each one a masterpiece and not likely to be duplicated in today's Hollywood where so-called "special effects" have replaced creative cinematography.

Claudia's Bottom Line: Clever and erotic, with some of the best musical production numbers ever put on celluloid. A thoroughly enjoyable Depression era romp.

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