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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 »
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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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Cagney Struts His Stuff In Busby Berkley Spectacular See more (55 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)
Monica Bannister ... 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)

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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:
Chester Kent:Well, I sure know how to pick 'em.
Nan Prescott:You said it, Papa.
Chester Kent:Maybe you should help me next time, huh?
Nan Prescott:What do you think I've been trying to do?
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Wild Boys of the Road (1933)See more »
Soundtrack:
Honeymoon HotelSee more »

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What did Otis Ferguson say about Cagney in this film?
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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Cagney Struts His Stuff In Busby Berkley Spectacular, 28 March 2000
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

The energetic young producer of theatrical prologues (those staged performances, usually musical, that often proceeded the movie in the larger cinemas in bygone days) must deal with crooked competition, fraudulent partners, unfaithful lovers & amateur talent to realize his dream of making his mark on the FOOTLIGHT PARADE.

While closely resembling other Warner's musical spectaculars, notably the GOLDDIGGER films, this movie had a special attraction none of the others had: Jimmy Cagney. He is a wonder, loose-jointed and lithe, as agile as any tomcat - a creature he actually mimics a few times during the movie. Cagney grabs the viewers attention & never lets go, powering the rapid-fire dialogue and corny plot with his charisma & buoyant charm.

The rest of the cast gives their best, as well. Joan Blondell is perfect as the smart-mouthed, big-hearted blonde secretary, infatuated with Cagney (major quibble - why wasn't she given a musical number?). Dick Powell & Ruby Keeler once again play lovers onstage & off; the fact that her singing & acting abilities are a bit on the lean side are compensated for by her dancing ; Powell still exudes boyish enthusiasm in his unaccustomed position as second male lead.

Guy Kibbee & Hugh Herbert are lots of fun as brothers-in-law, both scheming to cheat Cagney in different ways. Ruth Donnelly scores as Kibbee's wealthy wife, a woman devoted to her handsome protégés. Frank McHugh's harried choreographer is an apt foil for Cagney's wit. Herman Bing is hilarious in his one tiny scene as a music arranger. Mavens will spot little Billy Barty, Jimmy Conlin & maybe even John Garfield during the musical numbers.

Finally, there's Busby Berkeley, choreographer nonpareil. His terpsichorean confections, sprinkled throughout the decade of the 1930's, were a supreme example of the cinematic escapism that Depression audiences wanted to enjoy. The big joke about Berkeley's creations, of course, was that they were meant, as part of the plot, to be stage productions. But no theater could ever hold these products of the master's imagination. They are perfect illustrations of the type of entertainment only made possible by the movie camera.

Berkeley's musical offerings generally took one of two different approaches, either a story (often rather bizarre) told with song & dance; or else stunning geometrically designed numbers, eye candy, featuring plentiful chorus girls, overhead camerawork & a romantic tune. In a spasm of outré extravagance, FOOTLIGHT PARADE climaxes with three Berkeley masterworks: `Honeymoon Hotel' and its pre-Production Code telling of a couple's wedding night; `By A Waterfall' - dozens of unclad females, splashing, floating & diving in perfect patterns & designs (peer closely & you'll see how the synchronous effects were achieved); and finally, `Shanghai Lil' - a fitting tribute to the talents of both Cagney & Berkeley.

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