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42nd Street (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 11 March 1933 (USA)
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When the leading lady of a Broadway musical breaks her ankle, she is replaced by a young unknown actress, who becomes the star of the show.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Rian James (screen play), James Seymour (screen play) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warner Baxter ... Julian Marsh
Bebe Daniels ... Dorothy Brock
George Brent ... Pat Denning
Ruby Keeler ... Peggy Sawyer
Guy Kibbee ... Abner Dillon
Una Merkel ... Lorraine Fleming
Ginger Rogers ... Ann Lowell
Ned Sparks ... Thomas Barry
Dick Powell ... Billy Lawler
Allen Jenkins ... Mac Elroy
Edward J. Nugent ... Terry
Robert McWade ... Jones
George E. Stone ... Andy Lee
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Storyline

Renowned Broadway producer/director Julian Marsh is hired to put together a new musical revue. It's being financed by Abner Dillon to provide a starring vehicle for his girlfriend, songstress Dorothy Brock. Marsh, who is quite ill, is a difficult task master working long hours and continually pushing the cast to do better. When Brock breaks her ankle one of the chorus girls, Peggy Sawyer, gets her big chance to be the star. She also finds romance along the way. Written by garykmcd

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OH BABY YOU'LL LOVE IT! Like a dozen shows in one! Throbbing songs and thrilling romance! Rollicking fun and dazzling beauties! 14 famous stars in the cast! It's guaranteed to chase the blues! (Print Ad- Albany Evening News, ((Albany NY)) 8 March 1933) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Although Edward J. Nugent (Terry) is quite prominent as a dancer during the rehearsal scenes, he's not seen in the opening night production. See more »

Goofs

The same drinking glass (water) is used throughout the movie. The glass is first seen during the rehearsals when Peggy faints. The same glass then pops up again in Pat Denning's home/apartment when he uses it for his lapel flower/button hole, then again the exact same glass appears in Julian Marsh's hotel room, but this time after the company have moved on to Philadelphia. See more »

Quotes

Author of 'Pretty Lady': [Reacting to Dorothy Brock's tantrum] In a star it's temperament, but in a chorus girl it's just bad taste.
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Alternate Versions

A digitally restored and colorized version was recently released. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Movies: The Golden Age (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

It Must Be June
(1932) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Music by Harry Warren
Sung by Bebe Daniels, Dick Powell, and chorus girls
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Warner Baxter steals the show
28 September 1999 | by AQKentSee all my reviews

Although I'm a big fan of Dick Powell and Ginger Rogers, I think Warner Baxter (as Julian Marsh) really steals this film. The movie is the original from which so many others have borrowed, but Baxter's portrayal of the world-weary, burned-out producer still stands as both complex and outstanding. He could easily have gone over the top with this part, but I found Julian Marsh to be very real person with very real problems. The rest of the movie is lots of fun, with plenty of gritty, behind the scenes wisecracks and a very adult outlook, especially for 1933. Busby Berkeley, Guy Kibbee, Una Merkel... lots to look at and enjoy, but the film really turns on a great performance by Warner Baxter...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forty-Second Street See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$439,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,600
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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