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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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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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Aspect Ratio:
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1992.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Vivian Rich:You said you'd marry me and you're going to marry me!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Female (1933)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sittin' on a Back Yard FenceSee more »

FAQ

What did Otis Ferguson say about Cagney in this film?
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35 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Busby's Surreal best, 14 March 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the Depression following almost ruined the American Musical Theater, in fact it was the final death blow to vaudeville. Those behind the curtains were hit as bad as those in front.

In an effort to stimulate the show business economy and his own personal economy, out of work theater director James Cagney comes up with a brilliant idea. Stage live relevant prologues to the movies that are being shown at the various movie theaters that are springing up overnight from the old theaters. Some other competitors get wind of it and the competition is on.

Footlight Parade is my favorite Busby Berkeley film. It gives James Cagney a chance to display some of his versatility as a dancer as well as a tough guy. In his retirement Cagney said that while he screened his few and far between musicals a lot, he could barely be bothered with some of his straight dramatic films. He wished he'd done a few more musicals in his career and I wish he had.

Of course the staging of these Busby Berkeley extravaganzas on the stage of a movie palace defies all logic and reason. But it's so creative and fun to watch.

Dick Powell gets to sing three songs in Footlight Parade, Ah the Moon is Here, Honeymoon Hotel, and By a Waterfall, the last two with Ruby Keeler further cementing that screen team. Ruby sings and dances with Powell in the last two and she partners with James Cagney in my favorite number from Footlight Parade, Shanghai Lil.

Joan Blondell is Cagney's no nonsense girl Friday at the theater. Like in Blonde Crazy, she's the one with the real brains in that duo and it's her quick thinking that bails him out of some domestic problems he has on top of his theatrical ones. One of Blondell's best screen roles.

Look for Dorothy Lamour and Ann Sothern in the chorus as per the IMDb pages for both of them. John Garfield is seen briefly in the Shanghai Lil number. And in a scene at the beginning of the film, producer Guy Kibbee takes Cagney to a movie theater where they are showing a B western starring John Wayne. The Duke's voice is unmistakable. But what's even more unusual is that the brief clip shows him in a scene with Frank McHugh who plays another Cagney assistant in Footlight Parade. I think the brothers Warner were playing a little joke there. I've got to believe that clip was deliberate.

Footlight Parade is Busby Berkeley at his surreal best.

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