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
42nd Street is a fine little film. The star breaks her ankle before the opening of the show. Good thing that one of the girls in the chorus is good enough to replace her!
This film is where all those old stage clichés came from. AND it is filled with good toe-tapping tunes, many of which have become standards like "Shuffle Off To Buffalo," and "You're Getting To Be A Habit To Me."
It shows its age now and then in the dialog, but is well worth the time it takes to pop it in the IL' VCR.
EDIT: I bought the DVD edition in 1995. It is stunning. I have been told that it was taken from the 1948 preservation copy that belongs to Warners. More old films need to be preserved.
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