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Director:
Writers:
Rian James (screen play) &
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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win See more »
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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)
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Directed by
Lloyd Bacon 
 
Writing credits
Rian James (screen play) &
James Seymour (screen play)

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)
 
Film Editing by
Thomas Pratt (edited by)
Frank Ware (edited by)
 
Art Direction by
Jack Okey 
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
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 .... conductor: 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:
The following cast was considered: - Warren William or Richard Barthelmess instead of Warner Baxter - Kay Francis or Ruth Chatterton instead of Bebe Daniels - Loretta Young instead of Ruby Keeler - Joan Blondell instead of Ginger Rogers - Glenda Farrell instead of Una Merkel - Frank McHugh instead of George E. StoneSee more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The opening credits say "COPYRIGHT MCMXXXIII [1933]," but the closing credits say "COPYRIGHT MCMXXXII [1932]".See more »
Quotes:
Ann Lowell:*hiccups* Excuse me. It's the tight shoes.See more »
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Soundtrack:
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39 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
the movie that created the clichés, 16 March 2006
Author: storyguy from Los Angeles

Most of the negative comments posted below seem to be from people who either just don't like musicals or who are unaware that all the "cliches" in this movie were essentially invented by "42nd Street." It's sort of like complaining that Shakespeare is full of quotations. This movie is absolutely brilliant, which is why it's been imitated endlessly for the last seven decades.

Sure, Keeler's not the end-all of tap dancing, but she fits the bill as an ingénue and is generally amiable and perky. The plot is predictable, but only because we've seen it duplicated so often. If you hadn't seen the same sort of thing a million times, you'd notice that it's tightly assembled and even somewhat suspenseful. The show is full of first-rate comic asides, even if some of the material is dated by obsolete slang and contemporary pop culture references.

And do people still take the trouble to complain that Busby Berkeley's dance numbers couldn't have been seen properly by the audience in the theater? That's like complaining that an ape couldn't really grow to be as large as King Kong. The whole point is that it's a movie, and Berkeley is able to do things that can't happen in the real world. Hence the transformation of background settings while the camera is close up on an actress's face. There isn't even such a thing as a close-up in a stage production. Carping that a '30's musical isn't realistic enough is like complaining that Venus couldn't actually have been born out of a clamshell.

In any case, this is one of the great '30s musicals... and one of the great Hollywood movies of all time. If you don't like the genre, then so be it. It always amazes me that so many film fans strongly prefer "Singin' in the Rain" to such predecessors as "42nd Street," "Dames," "Top Hat," "Swing Time," etc., when "Singin' in the Rain" is simply an homage to the '30s musical and generates quite little fresh material of its own. Mind you, it's a brilliantly executed homage, and it arguably benefits from its overt tongue-in-cheek attitude, but I can't help thinking many are simply swayed by the fact that it's in color (really good Technicolor) and has clearer sound quality than its '30s predecessors. Either way, you need to see and appreciate the original movie musicals before you can really understand what "Singin' in the Rain" was about... just as you should see some Hong Kong action flicks and blacksploitation films to get what's going on in "Pulp Fiction."

But I digress. See "42nd Street," and try to keep an open mind. Just because it's old is not a reason to assume that the people who made it didn't know their business extremely well.

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