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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 »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win See more »
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User Reviews:
"Sawyer you're going out a youngster, but you've got to come back a star." 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)
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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:
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: While in Philadelphia, Julian's position relative to the girls changes as he dismisses them for the night.See more »
Quotes:
Jerry:It seems that little Loraine's hit the bottle again.
Mac Elroy:Yah, the peroxide bottle.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
You're Getting to Be a Habit with MeSee more »

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21 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
"Sawyer you're going out a youngster, but you've got to come back a star.", 25 November 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

In reviewing one of the film versions of The Virginian I said that it was the prototype for all the westerns that were done, where all the clichés started. The same can certainly be said for 42nd Street, THE original backstage musical.

It's also a film that couldn't be made but right in the middle of the Hoover Depression. Today's audiences can certainly appreciate the magic in the Busby Berkeley musical numbers, but the economics of the situation can hardly be grasped. Many shows on Broadway opened and closed fast after the Stock Market crash of 1929 because no one could afford the price of a ticket. A whole lot of the wealthiest producer/ directors on Broadway from Florenz Ziegfeld on down lost plenty of money in that era.

Warner Baxter's producer was such a man. He's lost his shirt in the market and he has to come up with a smash hit for his own economic survival. The cast and crew he assembles to put on the show Pretty Lady are all fighting for their survival. There are plenty of talented people out of work so none of them better mess up.

Guy Kibbee is the sugar daddy and of course his price for financing the show is some kanoodling with star Bebe Daniels. Probably at that point in history his money gives him more power over everyone than would even normally be the case. You really hate Kibbee in this, not because he's mean or vicious, but why should such an obvious fool and oaf control the destiny of so many.

Bebe of course has her problems, a man who taught her the business, but who she left behind in vaudeville while she hit the big time on Broadway. We never do see George Brent do any songs or snappy vaudeville patter, but that's all right because he's believable as the happy go lucky hoofer who might have been big time if he had the breaks.

And of course the youngsters, Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler, playing in their first film together. Powell has one big number, Young and Healthy, but it's on Keeler that the plot really turns.

I suppose the real star of this film is Busby Berkeley who's vision of kaleidoscopic chorus girls came into real fruition here. The Depression story is dated, but Berkeley's musical numbers, Young and Healthy, Shuffle Off to Buffalo, and 42nd Street are eternal. That and all the clichés about putting on a Broadway show that became standard in films for generations.

Baxter's driven producer/director, Daniels' egotistic star, Brent's vaudeville hoofer, Kibbee's moronic businessman backer, and eager hopefuls Powell and Keeler became clichéd characters in a dozen films any movie fan could name.

But it all started here folks, it all started with 42nd Street.

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