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Director:
Writers:
Rian James (screen play by) &
James Seymour (screen play by) ...
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Release Date:
11 March 1933 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A producer puts on what may be his last Broadway show, and at the last moment a chorus girl has to replace the star... Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win See more »
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User Reviews:
"Now go out there and be so swell you'll make me hate you." See more (91 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Warner Baxter ... Julian Marsh

Bebe Daniels ... Dorothy Brock
George Brent ... Pat Denning

Ruby Keeler ... Peggy
Guy Kibbee ... Abner Dillon
Una Merkel ... Lorraine Fleming

Ginger Rogers ... Ann
Ned Sparks ... Barry

Dick Powell ... Billy Lawler

Allen Jenkins ... Mac Elroy
Edward J. Nugent ... Terry
Robert McWade ... Jones

George E. Stone ... Andy Lee
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Akst ... Jerry (uncredited)
Loretta Andrews ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Joan Barclay ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Louise Beavers ... Pansy - Dorothy's Maid (uncredited)
Lynn Browning ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Edna Callahan ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Maxine Cantway ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Margaret Carthew ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... Dr. Chadwick (uncredited)
Virginia Dabney ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Mildred Dixon ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Al Dubin ... Stout Songwriter (uncredited)
Ruth Eddings ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Patricia Ellis ... Secretary (uncredited)
Renee Evans ... Extra on Stage (uncredited)
Patsy Farnum ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Dixie Francis ... Extra on Stage (uncredited)
June Glory ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Mary Halsey ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Ann Hovey ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

George Irving ... House Doctor (uncredited)
Alice Jans ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Evelyn Joice ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Gertrude Keeler ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Helen Keeler ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Tom Kennedy ... Slim Murphy (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... News Spreader (uncredited)
Margaret La Marr ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Jack La Rue ... Mug with Murphy (uncredited)
Adele Lacy ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Charles Lane ... Author of 'Pretty Lady' (uncredited)
Lorena Layson ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Eve Marcy ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Clarence Nordstrom ... Groom in 'Shuffle Off to Buffalo' Number (uncredited)
Dave O'Brien ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Agnes Ray ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Betty Recklaw ... Chorus (uncredited)
Donna Mae Roberts ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Barbara Rogers ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Dimmer Board Operator (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... Extra on Stage (uncredited)
Harry Seymour ... Aide (uncredited)
Jayne Shadduck ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
The Sizzlers ... Singing Policemen (uncredited)

Lyle Talbot ... Geoffrey Warning (voice) (uncredited)
Grace Tobin ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
The Village Barn Hill Billies ... Themselves (uncredited)
Henry B. Walthall ... Concerned Actor (uncredited)

Harry Warren ... Short Songwriter (uncredited)
Dorothy Coonan Wellman ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Dorothy White ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Renee Whitney ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Pat Wing ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Toby Wing ... Blonde in 'Young and Healthy' Number (uncredited)

Directed by
Lloyd Bacon 
 
Writing credits
Rian James (screen play by) &
James Seymour (screen play by)

Bradford Ropes (based on the novel by)

Whitney Bolton  contributor to treatment (uncredited)

Produced by
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Sol Polito (photography by)
 
Film Editing by
Thomas Pratt (edited by)
Frank Ware (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Jack Okey 
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns by)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gordon Hollingshead .... assistant director (uncredited)
Arthur Lueker .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Nathan Levinson .... sound (uncredited)
Dolph Thomas .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George Baxter .... still photographer (uncredited)
Mike Joyce .... second camera (uncredited)
Buddy Longworth .... still photographer (uncredited)
Harold Noyes .... chief grip (uncredited)
Scotty Welbourne .... still photographer (uncredited)
George Whittemore .... chief electrician (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Al Dubin .... words and music by
Leo F. Forbstein .... conducted by: Vitaphone Orchestra
Harry Warren .... words and music by
Ray Heindorf .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Busby Berkeley .... creator: dances and ensembles
Busby Berkeley .... stager: dances and ensembles
S. Charles Einfeld .... general press agent (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
89 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Iceland:L | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #2718-R: 26 September 1936 for re-release) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Lyle Talbot is still credited for the role of "Geoffrey Waring" even though his scenes were mostly deleted prior to the film's release.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: While in Philadelphia, Julian's position relative to the girls changes as he dismisses them for the night.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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Soundtrack:
It Must Be JuneSee more »

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43 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
"Now go out there and be so swell you'll make me hate you.", 22 September 2002
Author: Ashley (classicfilmbroad@aol.com) from North Carolina

I must admit, the reason I purchased this movie was all because of a CD I bought that had Ruby Keeler singing "42nd Street" on it. But I also must admit that my purchase was not a waste of my money in the least!!!!

I adore this film. It's the quintessential Depression-era Busby Berkley musical that usually starred either Ruby Keeler, Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, Jimmy Cagney, and featured a young Ginger Rogers.

Let me begin by saying that (especially for the time period) this actually happens to be a rather risque little musical... from Ginger Rogers' character actually having the name "Anytime Annie" to the little scene occuring on the train when Ruby Keeler extends her arm to have her shoes shined. But I'm not writing to focus on that.

Warner Baxter gives a tremendous performance as Julian Marsh, the director whose life and financial security hang in the balance with the opening of his new musical "Pretty Lady." (His last scene in the film is especially powerful, and at the same time very depressing.) George Brent is grand as Pat, the man deeply in love with the star of "Pretty Lady," Dorothy Brock. Also, a young Dick Powell shines as the juvenille of the show, Billy Lawler, who happens to be in love with a doe-eyed chorus girl by the name of Peggy Sawyer. Boy can he sing!! Bebe Daniels is gorgeous as Dorothy Brock, the star of the show who is having trouble maintaining a balance between her Sugar Daddy Abner and the love of her life, Pat Denning. She has such a fantastic talent as an actress and singer and is one of those true 30s beauties. And look at that wardrobe! (One thing I also noticed about Daniels... she's a TERRIFIC crier.) Then you have Ruby Keeler (aka the former Mrs. Al Jolson) playing chorus-girl-turned-over-night-star Peggy Sawyer. Ruby Keeler is absolutely adorable, with her petite frame, lovely large eyes, and fresh face. She makes the song "42nd Street" her own, and her dancing is FANTASTIC!!!! I have read many comments where people said she "couldn't dance" and looked like a clunky cow... but let's take a few things into consideration. First of all, she was playing a kid who, by luck, got into a huge musical production. Her dances had been choreographed to make her seem insanely talented, but at the same time a little awkward. Second of all, Ruby Keeler had a style all her own. Her taps weren't the light, airy taps of say, Fred Astaire, but they were much more earthy. (And by this I mean no disrespect to Astaire, as he is one of my favorite actors!) Her taps weren't light brushes on the floor, they were pounded deep into it. Her singing is so cheerful and so lilting... her ingenue image paved the way for other similar ingenues, such as Debbie Reynolds' Kathy Selden in "Singin' in the Rain." But, upon viewing this, there are two characters that stick in your mind: Lorraine and Anytime Annie, superbly played by Una Merkel and Ginger Rogers. They're so hilarious -- absolute riots! They could not have found a better pair to spark off of each other as wisecracking friends; Lorraine who is, shall we say, stuck on Andy (Gotta love the platinum blonde hair on Una! She's such a fantastic character actress.), and Ann, who aside from her obvious permiscuous ways, does a great British accent (love Ginger's random monacle!) and is quite humorous when loaded.

All in all, coming from a die-hard musical fan, I give this movie a definite 10/10!!!! Watch it, and I promise you'll agree.

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