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42nd Street (1933)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  11 March 1933 (USA)
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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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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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$439,000 (estimated)

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$2,300,000 (USA)
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The movie's line "Sawyer, you're going out a youngster, but you've got to come back a star!" was voted as the #87 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100). See more »

Goofs

The same drinking glass (water) is used throughout the movie. The glass is first seen during the rehearsals when Peggy faints. The same glass then pops up again in Pat Denning's home/apartment when he uses it for his lapel flower/button hole, then again the exact same glass appears in Julian Marsh's hotel room, but this time after the company have moved on to Philadelphia. See more »

Quotes

Slim Murphy: Hey got a match?
Pat Denning: Yep... why I guess so... yeah.
Slim Murphy: Don't happen to know a guy named Pat Denning do ya?
Pat Denning: Why yes.
Slim Murphy: We got a message for him. This guy Pat Denning's a pretty wise mug but he ain't wise enough and if he don't lay off that Dorothy Brock dame, it's gonna be just too bad... for Denning, get me?
Pat Denning: Alright I'll tell him.
Slim Murphy: Yeah well...
[punches Pat in the mouth and Pat falls down]
Slim Murphy: that's so ya don't forget.
Mug with Murphy: Yeah
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Referenced in Big City Fantasy (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Shuffle Off to Buffalo
(1932) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Music by Harry Warren
Sung and Danced by Ruby Keeler and Clarence Nordstrom
Also sung by Ginger Rogers, Una Merkel, and Chorus
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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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