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42nd Street (1933)

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A producer puts on what may be his last Broadway show, and at the last moment a chorus girl has to replace the star...

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Julian Marsh (Warner Baxter), a successful Broadway director, produces a new show, in spite of his poor health. The money comes from a rich older man, who is in love with the star of the show, Dorothy Brock. But Dorothy (Bebe Daniels) doesn't respond to his love, because she's still in love with her old partner. On the night before the premiere, Dorothy breaks her ankle, and Peggy Sawyer (Ruby Keeler), one of the chorus girls, tries to take over Dorothy's part. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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11 March 1933 (USA)  »

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$439,000 (estimated)

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$2,300,000 (USA)
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This film, released on March 9, 1933, single-handedly rescued the movie musical, which had been considered a money losing proposition since mid-1930. Early "all talking, all dancing" musicals typically suffered from severe camera restrictions coupled with poor musical staging, soured the public on the genre in general (Universal's huge losses from the lively King of Jazz (1930) had put an unofficial moratorium on the musical) and no other studio wanted to risk producing one. Warners, at the time of the film's release, had Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) nearing completion and pre-production plans were well underway for Footlight Parade (1933), all utilizing the talents of Busby Berkeley. The success of this film would convince Radio Pictures to produce Flying Down to Rio (1933) (released that December). Other major studios would continue to shy away from musicals throughout 1933, although Paramount would proceed with plans to produce the lavish Murder at the Vanities (1934) toward the end of the year. See more »

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During the Suffle to Buffalo number, the position of the shoes when dropped change. See more »

Quotes

Loraine: You remember Anne Lowell?
Andy Lee: Not Anytime Annie? Say, who could forget 'er? She only said "No" once, and THEN she didn't hear the question!
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Featured in Busby Berkeley: Going Through the Roof (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

It Must Be June
(1932) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Music by Harry Warren
Sung by Bebe Daniels, Dick Powell, and chorus girls
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enchanting
4 February 2003 | by (new brunswick, new jersey) – See all my reviews

I have heard lots of criticism of Ruby Keeler in this movie. Of her dancing--"She makes it look like such hard work!" But I thought she was just great, innocent and adorable.

I definitely would have liked to see either more musical numbers, or the existing ones spread out more.

I also must say that I think the songs and vocalists from this movie are far superior to those in any recordings of the Broadway show I've found. Their sound is much more authentic of the time period, and the broadway voices really ruin the aura of the film.

Overall, though, this movie is great--wonderful songs, dances and acting. The dialogue is fast-paced, witty, and cynical (really gives the outlook of the culture during this depression time).


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