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The quintessential backstage musical, 42nd Street traces the history of a Broadway musical comedy, from casting call to opening night. Warner Baxter plays famed director Julian Marsh, who despite failing health is determined to stage one last great production, Pretty Lady. Others involved include Pretty Lady star Dorothy Brock (Bebe Daniels); Dorothy's sugar daddy (Guy Kibbee), who finances the show; her true love Pat (George Brent); leading man Billy Lawlor (Dick Powell); and starry-eyed chorus girl Peggy Sawyer (Ruby Keeler). It practically goes without saying that Dorothy twists her ankle the night before the premiere, forcing Julian Marsh is to put chorine Peggy into the lead: You're going out there a youngster, but you've got to come back a star! Delightfully corny, with hilarious wisecracking support from the likes of Ginger Rogers, Una Merkel, and George E. Stone, 42nd Street is perhaps the most famous of Warners' early-1930s Busby Berkeley musicals. Based on the novel by Bradford Ropes (which was a lot steamier than the movie censors would allow), 42nd Street is highlighted by such grandiose musical setpieces as Shuffle Off to Buffalo, Young and Healthy, and of course the title song. Nearly fifty years after its premiere, it was successfully revived as a Broadway musical with Tammy Grimes and Jerry Orbach.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Starring:
Ruby Keeler, Ginger Rogers
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DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 26 minutes
Starring Ruby Keeler, Ginger Rogers, Warner Baxter, Dick Powell
Director Lloyd Bacon
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 1 March 2006
Main languages English
Subtitles Italian, English

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94 of 95 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Redfearn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Oct. 2006
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Made in 1932 and released during 1933, this superb musical began an unfortunate trend in musicals which persisted during the 1930s. A spate of copycat musicals were then released, most of them rubbish. Not one of them came up to the standard set by Busby Berkeley in this classic which is now recognised as one of the all time great musicals. The story is simple enough, a new show is commissioned, Julian Marsh (Warner Baxter) struggles to rehearse the show and to get the balance right for its opening night. Some of the scenes are quite simply hiliarious, and some quite daring for its time too especially with the skimpy costumes on show. This was before the Hays Commission imposed strict censorship and almost ruined Hollywood. Just before the opening night, the leading lady Bebe Daniels is injured so a newcomer Peggy Sawyer (Ruby Keeler)is drafted in as a last minute replacement and saves the show. Of course, the show is an astounding success. A great story with great songs and music. There are many fine actors who appear in this film, most of them legends in their own right such as Ginger Rogers, Una Merkel, Dick Powell, George Brent and Guy Kibbee. Busby Berkeley must also be mentioned for his direction and his work on the cameras which caused a sensation at the time, using different angles and other techniques which were quite revolutionary for those days.

Picture quality for such an old film, is very good indeed. Sound adequate on a Home Cinema system. Enhanced with subtitles and some short documentaries for Home Movie buffs.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 April 2004
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This 1933 classic is a brilliant example of Warner Bros at their grittyand glamorous best. It has drama, sophistication and adult themes allhandled superbly by a great cast. They genuinely don't make 'em like thisany more. Ruby Keeler's disarmingly amateurish performance enhances thewhole enjoyment of this movie. Great songs and outstanding Busby Berkleychoreographed routines make this a master class in entertainment. Brilliantly funny one liners and tongue in cheek humour add to the overallmagic that is 42nd Street!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Oct. 2007
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But you've got to come back as a star!

"42nd Street" is one of those formula rival substitutes for the overbearing star formula chorus line movies that you see over and over. However it is old enough that this could have been the prototype for such movies as "Down to Earth" (1947). This must have been made shortly after talkies appeared ad they advertise it as one of the best movies since Warner Brothers made talkies. The story was adapted from a novel by Bradford Ropes.

It is interesting to see all the references to the "Great Depression" in the script and even the music.

A cute chorus girl Dorothy Brock (Bebe Daniels) smarms an old rich coot into financing a musical comedy and making her the star. The producer Julian Marsh (Warner Baxter) is economically poor due to the depression and has a nerves condition that makes this his last and imperatively good production. Others in the production range from old troopers to firs timers.

Most of the film is constant practicing in the day and deceit in the evening.

This film is good enough to place names next to the pictures of the actors and you will recognize many personalities form the period for example:

Warner Baxter
Bebe Daniels
George Brent
Ruby Keeler
Guy Kibbee
Una Merkel
Ginger Rogers
Ned Sparks
Dick Powell
Allen Jenkins
Edward J. Nugent
Robert McWade
George E. Stone

There are many good Songs peppered throughout the film such as:
"It Must Be June"
"Shuffle Off to Buffalo"
"Young and Healthy"
"42nd Street"

If you cotton to Harry Warren songs you may want to find the album "The Song Is Harry Warren"

We can all sit back with your popcorn and become part of 42nd street.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 July 2007
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42nd Street is one of my favorite movies. It's the granddaddy of "put on a musical" musicals, and if it seems full of cliches now it's because cliches have to start somewhere. They weren't cliches when 42nd Street opened. When young Peggy Sawyer (Ruby Keeler) has to take the place of the star, gets a pep talk from Julian Marsh (Warner Baxter) and then dances from the wings into the big production number of Shuffle Off to Buffalo...well, is there any doubt that Peggy is going to come back a star? (Even if Marsh's talk is enough to scare the tap shoes off Fred Astaire, much less little Peggy Sawyer. "Sawyer, you listen to me, and you listen hard. Two hundred people, two hundred jobs, two hundred thousand dollars, five weeks of grind and blood and sweat depend upon you. It's the lives of all these people who've worked with you. You've got to go on, and you've got to give and give and give. They've got to like you. Got to. Do you understand? You can't fall down. You can't because your future's in it, my future and everything all of us have is staked on you. All right, now I'm through, but you keep your feet on the ground and your head on those shoulders of yours and go out, and Sawyer, you're going out a youngster but you've got to come back a star!")

The story is endearing because we've seen it so many times. The movie is still so fresh, so good and so entertaining, however, because of the songs, the actors and Busby Berkeley's turn-tables, disappearing benches, moving cameras and high-kicking chorus girls.
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