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42nd Street (1933)

Unrated | | 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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Complete credited cast:
... Julian Marsh
... Dorothy Brock
... Pat Denning
... Peggy Sawyer
... Abner Dillon
... Lorraine Fleming
... Ann Lowell
... Thomas Barry
... Billy Lawler
... Mac Elroy
... Terry
... Jones
... Andy Lee
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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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Forty-Second Street  »

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$439,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,300,000
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The fourth most popular movie at the U.S. box office for 1933. See more »

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While in Philadelphia, Julian's position relative to the girls changes as he dismisses them for the night. See more »

Quotes

Ann Lowell: *hiccups* Excuse me. It's the tight shoes.
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Referenced in The World's Greatest Lover (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Theme
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Instrumental heard in apartment scene with Pat Denning and Peggy Sawyer
Also heard after Peggy's practice for the lead in the show, when Billy Lawler joins her
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the musical that changed musicals
20 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

I seem to recall reading/hearing somewhere that movie musicals were becoming less popular in the 1930s. They were, for the most part, creaky messes with poor sound quality. Then came this movie, which you can credit (or blame, depending on whether you like musicals or not) for popularizing them.

The story has been done before now (2004) and was probably done before in 1933. Prima donna gets injured, the ingenue must take her place. All the clichés come out in full force, but with enough enthusiasm that you may find yourself sucked in, depending on how jaded a viewer you are.

The performances are good. Daniels is stunning, and a good actress, and she can sing. We don't get to see her dance too much though. Powell makes a good juvenile lead and sings well. Keeler gets a bit annoying, but that's probably just the character she is playing. She cannot really sing, and I never thought her dancing was that great. I'm a fan of Ginger Rogers though, so I am biased when I wonder how this movie could have catapulted Keeler and Powell to stardom while Rogers had to wait until she was paired with Astaire for her career to take off. After seeing movies starring the likes of Astaire, Rogers, Eleanor Powell, Ann Miller, Gene Kelly, etc. I find Keeler's dancing to be a bit heavy-footed. Not that it is terrible, she does pull the part off well enough. The Busby Berkeley choreography is fabulous--no one did it like he did it. Just never you mind that if the show were actually on a stage the way it is supposed to be in the movie, you wouldn't actually notice the aerial geometric patterns. Still, it is nice to look at. So leave your sense of reality in the other room, pop this movie in your VCR/DVD player, and enjoy!


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