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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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A steamy, erotic musical of the 1930's. 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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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A steamy, erotic musical of the 1930's., 15 June 2001
Author: Ted-101 from New York

Do you find the musicals of the 40's and 50's pristine, sterile and virginal in the extreme? And based on this unhappy discovery you've decided that you don't like musicals. Please do not distress yourself and allow me to introduce you to the Busby Berkeley musicals of the 1930's, starting with 42nd Street, the best of them all.

Like nearly all the musicals of its time, 42nd Street is a depression-era back stage musical which focuses on the grueling hours that have to be put in by the singers and dancers day after day in preparation of opening night. The film has a fine cast with lovely Bebe Daniels as Dorothy Brock, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Ginger Rogers, George Brent and Warner Baxter, who chews the scenery in every scene he's in as the stage director of 'Pretty Lady'.

What separates films like "42nd Street" from the musicals of the 40's and 50's is the daring camera work of dance director Busby Berkeley. Berkeley loves his chorus girls, and he has no qualms about aiming his camera up their dresses at every opportunity. One of the sexiest moments in the film comes when the girls try out for the chorus in their street clothes. Each girl of course is dressed differently from the others, with a different hat (love those cute 30's hats) dress and high-heel shoes. This variety makes them look hotter than when they're all wearing the same chorus outfit. When they have to show their legs in the hopes of being chosen, Berkeley gets his camera down low and gives you a birds eye view of each girl's legs ... first a front view, than they turn and let you get a good look at their calves. It is a very erotic scene. Later, when the girls leave their dressing rooms and are coming down the stairs for opening night, Berkeley puts his camera under the stairs and shoots up their dresses as they pass. Again, when the girls emerge from backstage and high-kick out for the opening number, Berkeley has his camera down low at a 45 degree angle, aiming right up the chute of the costumes of the first few girls to dance out on stage. Further along, all the chorus girls form an arc in one number with their legs wide open and Berkeley tracks right thru their legs all the way around the circle. You can even see the last girl has a gold ankle bracelet on her left ankle. Once the production code was strictly enforced after 1934, shots like this were never seen again.

42nd Street has three great songs, "You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me", "Shuffle Off To Buffalo" and of course "42nd Street". There have been many revivals of "42nd Street", and they often include the best numbers of other films, along with the three I mentioned, including "Dames" from the film of the same name, "Go Into Your Dance", a terrific number, and "Lullaby of Broadway", which is the highlight number from "Gold-Diggers of 1935", which has a spectacular tap dance sequence with 100 chorus girls wearing gorgeous, sheer black skirts as part of their chorus outfits. If musicals often leave you cold, and you haven't given "42nd Street" a try, than I suggest that you do so ... and sit close to the television set.





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