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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.

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

When it premiered in New York City at the Strand Theatre in March 1933, "Variety" reported that some of the musical numbers were projected on the enlarged grandeur wide screen. See more »

Goofs

During the Shuffle Off to Buffalo number, the position of the shoes when dropped change. See more »

Quotes

Loraine: You remember Anne Lowell?
Andy Lee: Not Anytime Annie? Say, who could forget 'er? She only said "No" once, and THEN she didn't hear the question!
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Alternate Versions

A digitally restored and colorized version was recently released. 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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The original back-stage musical!
9 February 2001 | by fiascofilmscoSee all my reviews

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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