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42nd Street (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 11 March 1933 (USA)
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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.

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Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Rian James (screen play), James Seymour (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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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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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

Ginger Rogers took the role of "Anytime Annie" at the urging of director Mervyn LeRoy, whom she was dating at the time. See more »

Goofs

The word "Premiere" on the marquee of the theatre at the end is spelled without the final "e." See more »

Quotes

Barry: He looks like a Bulgarian boll weevil mourning its first-born
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Alternate Versions

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

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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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enchanting
4 February 2003 | by annawesleySee all my reviews

I have heard lots of criticism of Ruby Keeler in this movie. Of her dancing--"She makes it look like such hard work!" But I thought she was just great, innocent and adorable.

I definitely would have liked to see either more musical numbers, or the existing ones spread out more.

I also must say that I think the songs and vocalists from this movie are far superior to those in any recordings of the Broadway show I've found. Their sound is much more authentic of the time period, and the broadway voices really ruin the aura of the film.

Overall, though, this movie is great--wonderful songs, dances and acting. The dialogue is fast-paced, witty, and cynical (really gives the outlook of the culture during this depression time).


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