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Footlight Parade (1933)

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Chester Kent struggles against time, romance, and a rival's spy to produce spectacular live "prologues" for movie houses.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chester Kent
... Nan Prescott
... Bea Thorn
... Scotty Blair
... Francis
... Silas Gould
... Mrs. Harriet Gould
... Bowers
... Vivian Rich
... Thompson
... Frazer
... Cynthia Kent
... Gracie
... Apolinaris
... Joe Grant
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Storyline

Chester Kent produces musical comedies on the stage. With the beginning of the talkies era he changes to producing short musical prologues for movies. This is stressful to him, because he always needs new units and his rival is stealing his ideas. He can get an contract with a producer if he is able to stage in three days three new prologues. In spite of great problems, he does it. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Climaxing Warner Bros.' glittering parade of musicals! See more »


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21 October 1933 (USA)  »

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A rivalda fénye  »

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$703,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Cynthia barges into Chester's office announcing she's his wife, Nan replies "And I'm Lydia Pinkham". Audiences at the time would have known she was referring to Lydia Estes Pinkham (1819-1883), the developer and marketer of a herbal alcoholic "women's tonic" that was still popular - in part, no doubt, because it was nearly 40 proof. As of 2018, "modern" formulations are still being sold. See more »

Goofs

There is no way that the sets for the last three production numbers could have been built, tested and installed in the few hours they had between the idea and the show. None of the productions could have fit on the stage of a movie theater or on any known stage. The "By a Waterfall" number alone was bigger than the entire theater. See more »

Quotes

Vivian Rich: Chester, it's like being in jail.
Chester Kent: Sorry, dear, better get used to it.
Nan Prescott: She is used to it.
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Soundtracks

By a Waterfall
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal
Played during the opening photo credits and often in the score
Performed by Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler and Chorus
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Is this a great movie - or what?
14 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

It has singing. It has drama. It has comedy. It has a story. It's one of the greatest movies ever made ... period. If you can't enjoy this movie, then you must be either asleep or in some kind of mental disarray. In "Yankee Doodle Dandy" James Cagney sings and dances his way to an Academy Award; but in this movie he is BETTER! This is James Cagney at his quisessential BEST! He's fast with the one-liners! He's fast with his feet! It's nonstop action. And the song-and-dance skits are classics, especially "Shanghai Lil." And the supporting cast is great; and the entire movie is upbeat, fast moving, and exudes confidence. And even though this movie was made over 70 years ago, it's still watchable, even today. And of course, this movie features Miss Ruby Keeler (who was married to Al Jolson). She is the perfect partner for James Cagney ... and Dick Powell too! If you like upbeat, fast paced movies, with lots of singing and dancing, this is the movie to watch.


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