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42nd Street (1933)

Unrated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 11 March 1933 (USA)
A director puts on what may be his last Broadway show and, at the last moment, a naive newcomer has to replace the star.

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Renowned Broadway producer/director Julian Marsh is hired to put together a new musical revue. It's being financed by Abner Dillon to provide a starring vehicle for his girlfriend, songstress Dorothy Brock. Marsh, who is quite ill, is a difficult task master working long hours and continually pushing the cast to do better. When Brock breaks her ankle one of the chorus girls, Peggy Sawyer, gets her big chance to be the star. She also finds romance along the way. Written by garykmcd

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OK. Say, Jones and Barry are doin' a show! - That's great. Jones and Barry are doin' a show.


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Forty-Second Street  »

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$439,000 (estimated)

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$2,300,000 (USA)
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The film takes place in 1932. See more »

Goofs

The "42nd Street" finale features full size cars as well as buildings. In order to present this the stage would have had to be at least 60 feet deep and over 100 feet wide. This would be impossible in a real theater. See more »

Quotes

Author of 'Pretty Lady': [Reacting to Dorothy Brock's tantrum] In a star it's temperament, but in a chorus girl it's just bad taste.
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Referenced in The World's Greatest Lover (1977) See more »

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Forty-Second Street
(1932) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
Sung and Danced by Ruby Keeler
Sung by Dick Powell and chorus girls
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42nd street
9 May 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After watching 42nd Street so many times it relays to me just how much musical cinema has become so important to the cinema goer of today.Films such as these really show the true hard work and commitment played out by all the actors/actresses etc. involved.The films plot is easy to follow but the true genius of 42nd Street is Busby Berkley,his timeless dedication and devotion to produce unforgettable song and dance routines will rest in the heart of every musical fan forever. Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell were perfectly matched as the main characters,they have a charisma on screen that is hard to match these days.The song and dance routines they perform together is pure magic. The film follows the trials and tribulations of a stage director (Julian Marsh)to put on the best musical of his long career but has to keep facing problem after problem,which comes to a happy (as always) ending.The rest of the cast also give excellent serious and comedic performances to make this film unmissable if you like the musical/comedy genre.


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