Aroused citizens assassinate an unpopular Caribbean despot, then two men vie for his gorgeous widow Ines. Ojeda is a steamy, isolated island, the penal colony for an oppressive dictatorship... See full summary »
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
OH BABY YOU'LL LOVE IT! Like a dozen shows in one! Throbbing songs and thrilling romance! Rollicking fun and dazzling beauties! 14 famous stars in the cast! It's guaranteed to chase the blues! (Print Ad- Albany Evening News, ((Albany NY)) 8 March 1933) See more »
This film, released on March 9, 1933, single-handedly rescued the movie musical, which had been considered a money-losing proposition since mid-1930. Early "all talking, all dancing" musicals typically suffered from severe camera restrictions coupled with poor musical staging, and soured the public on the genre in general (Universal's huge losses from the lively King of Jazz (1930) had put an unofficial moratorium on the musical) and no other studio wanted to risk producing one. Warners, at the time of the film's release, had Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) nearing completion and pre-production plans were well underway for Footlight Parade (1933), all utilizing the talents of Busby Berkeley. The success of this film would convince Radio Pictures to produce Flying Down to Rio (1933) (released that December). Other major studios would continue to shy away from musicals throughout 1933, although Paramount would proceed with plans to produce the lavish Murder at the Vanities (1934) toward the end of the year. See more »
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 »
One of the best of the backstage musicals, it's very realistic for a Hollywood musical, in a gritty, fast-paced kind of way. Ruby Keeler is an utterly appealing ingenue, so fresh-faced and adorable that you don't care if she can't sing, dance, or act.
It's been so often imitated that a synopsis might seem like a collection of cliches, but since they were fresh ideas when the film was made they seem as original as they were at the time. It's all sincere and lively, and a lot of fun to watch. Fabulous musical numbers, too, classic Busby Berkeley (but my favorite is the rehearsal punctuated by mistakes and "You've got the busiest hands" from the chorus).
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