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Footlight Parade -- James Cagney stars a fledgling producer who finds himself at odds with his workers, financiers and his greedy ex-wife when he tries to produce live musicals for movie-going audiences.
Footlight Parade -- Trailer for this musical extravaganza

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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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Awards:
1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
(22 articles)
User Reviews:
The Genius of Busby See more (57 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)
Margaret Carthew ... 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)
Muriel Gordon ... Chorus Girl (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:
Chester Kent:[to Vivian Rich] I'd rather you sue me than marry me.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Wild Boys of the Road (1933)See more »
Soundtrack:
By a WaterfallSee more »

FAQ

What did Otis Ferguson say about Cagney in this film?
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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
The Genius of Busby, 27 December 2006
Author: ilprofessore-1 from United States

Busby's genius --his "fantastic" use of camera and editing-- is even more remarkably innovative when you remember that only a few years before this film was made on the sound stages of Warner Bros. in 1933 cameras were stuck in sound proof booths in order to deaden the noise of the machine. Many movies back then were no more than static reproductions of talky stage plays. Busby opened the door to pure cinema.

Busby is surely one of the first directors to realize that if you pre-recorded the music sound tracks before you filmed the musical numbers you could then move the actors and dancers as you wished; the performers would either be lip-syncing or dancing to playback and the camera could be anywhere high or low. Busby's previous experience as a drill master in the military also taught him how to train dancers and swimmers by giving them only a few steps (or strokes) to learn at a time; by clever editing a montage of shots in time to a set music track he could then give the impression of a continuously flowing extravaganza a la Zigfield. One can only imagine how many hours went into getting the never-to-be-equaled overhead snake design shot in "By A Waterfall."

Yes, the Odessa steps sequence in "Potemkin" is justifiably considered to be one of the great innovative moments in cinema. Let me cast my vote for Busby's incomparable last act to "Footlight Parade."

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