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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:
the musical that changed musicals See more (90 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)

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Trivia:
As a publicity stunt, a train called 'The 42nd Street Special' traveled from Hollywood to New York City arriving in time for the opening at the Strand theater on 8 March 1933. On the train were Warner contract players who were called to the stage after the movie was shown (according to the review in The New York Times). Included were Joe E. Brown, Tom Mix and his horse, Bette Davis, Laura La Plante, Glenda Farrell, Lyle Talbot, Leo Carrillo, Claire Dodd, Preston Foster and Eleanor Holm.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The establishing shot of Dorothy Brock's (Bebe Daniels) hotel door, on the night before the big opening, clearly shows her to be in room 831, yet, when she throws everyone out of her rooms a few minutes later, the door number is 284.See more »
Quotes:
Julian Marsh:Sawyer, you listen to me, and you listen hard. Two hundred people, two hundred jobs, two hundred thousand dollars, five weeks of grind and blood and sweat depend upon you. It's the lives of all these people who've worked with you. You've got to go on...See more »
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It Must Be JuneSee more »

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30 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
the musical that changed musicals, 20 June 2004
Author: TRC-4 from New Jersey, USA

I seem to recall reading/hearing somewhere that movie musicals were becoming less popular in the 1930s. They were, for the most part, creaky messes with poor sound quality. Then came this movie, which you can credit (or blame, depending on whether you like musicals or not) for popularizing them.

The story has been done before now (2004) and was probably done before in 1933. Prima donna gets injured, the ingenue must take her place. All the clichés come out in full force, but with enough enthusiasm that you may find yourself sucked in, depending on how jaded a viewer you are.

The performances are good. Daniels is stunning, and a good actress, and she can sing. We don't get to see her dance too much though. Powell makes a good juvenile lead and sings well. Keeler gets a bit annoying, but that's probably just the character she is playing. She cannot really sing, and I never thought her dancing was that great. I'm a fan of Ginger Rogers though, so I am biased when I wonder how this movie could have catapulted Keeler and Powell to stardom while Rogers had to wait until she was paired with Astaire for her career to take off. After seeing movies starring the likes of Astaire, Rogers, Eleanor Powell, Ann Miller, Gene Kelly, etc. I find Keeler's dancing to be a bit heavy-footed. Not that it is terrible, she does pull the part off well enough. The Busby Berkeley choreography is fabulous--no one did it like he did it. Just never you mind that if the show were actually on a stage the way it is supposed to be in the movie, you wouldn't actually notice the aerial geometric patterns. Still, it is nice to look at. So leave your sense of reality in the other room, pop this movie in your VCR/DVD player, and enjoy!

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