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42nd Street (1933)

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A director puts on what may be his last Broadway show and, at the last moment, a naive newcomer has to replace the star.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Rian James (screen play), James Seymour (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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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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OK. Say, Jones and Barry are doin' a show! - That's great. Jones and Barry are doin' a show.


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Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

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)

Gross USA:

$2,300,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production based on this film opened at the Winter Garden Theater on August 25, 1980, ran for 3486 performances, won the 1981 Tony Award for the Best Musical and was nominated for Best Book for a Musical. See more »

Goofs

During an overhead shot, the girls are dancing on a raised circular platform and the male dancers are lying face down in a radial pattern around the platform. In the next shot the men are on their feet approaching the girls on the platform. See more »

Quotes

Billy Lawler: [to Peggy Sawyer] Hey, I've been for you ever since you walked in on me in my BVD's.
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Alternate Versions

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

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Featured in Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Forty-Second Street
(1932) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
Sung and Danced by Ruby Keeler
Sung by Dick Powell and chorus girls
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My favorite line
29 January 2004 | by LaDonnaKeskesSee all my reviews

Male Dancer, holding Una Merkel on his knee: "Hey, what are you sitting on?"

Una: "A flagpole."

The DVD is fabulous. It's so clear you can notice that, while the contract for the show lists an August date, the New Yorker magazine Bebe Daniels is reading in one of the first scenes is the premiere issue, dated February 1932.

I don't understand why they'd give Keeler, who displayed a perfectly good set of feet throughout practice and in "Shuffle Off," such a clunky number to perform (at half tempo) in "42nd Street." She looks like lead weights are attached to her feet.


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