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42nd Street (2-Feb-1933)

Director: Lloyd Bacon

Writers: Rian James; James Seymour

From novel by: Bradford Ropes

Words and Music by: Al Dubin; Harry Warren

Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck

Keywords: Musical, Romantic Drama, Broadway

After the leading lady breaks her ankle, inexperienced chorus girl Peggy Sawyer finds herself selected as replacement. One of the great musicals of all time. Today it seems replete with clichés, but most of them were invented in this very film. Received Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Sound Recording. Entered 1998 into the National Film Registry.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Warner Baxter
29-Mar-1889 7-May-1951 In Old Arizona
George Brent
15-Mar-1899 26-May-1979 The Great Lie
Bebe Daniels
14-Jan-1901 16-Mar-1971 42nd Street
Allen Jenkins
9-Apr-1900 20-Jul-1974 American character actor
Ruby Keeler
25-Aug-1909 28-Feb-1993 42nd Street
Guy Kibbee
6-Mar-1882 24-May-1956 Captain January
Una Merkel
10-Dec-1903 2-Jan-1986 Summer and Smoke
Dick Powell
14-Nov-1904 2-Jan-1963 The Bad and the Beautiful
Ginger Rogers
16-Jul-1911 25-Apr-1995 The Gay Divorcee
Ned Sparks
19-Nov-1883 3-Apr-1957 Unsmiling character actor


Warner Baxter   ...   Julian Marsh
Bebe Daniels   ...   Dorothy Brock
George Brent   ...   Pat Denning
Ruby Keeler   ...   Peggy
Guy Kibbee   ...   Abner Dillon
Una Merkel   ...   Lorraine Fleming
Ginger Rogers   ...   Ann
Ned Sparks   ...   Barry
Dick Powell   ...   Billy Lawler
Allen Jenkins   ...   Mac Elroy
Edward J. Nugent   ...   Terry
Robert McWade   ...   Jones
George E. Stone   ...   Andy Lee


Review by Lou Johnson (posted on 13-Dec-2007)

The contrasting combination of the driving tension created by Warner Baxter's magnificent performance as the stage director for the show being put on stage in the movie and the entertainment magic of the Busby Berkely ensemble pieces that form the stage show that was produced is wonderful. The production number of the song 42nd street alone should be viewed by any budding music video artist. It is awesome and amazing that this number was done 75 years ago. It captures the nitty gritty "laughter and tears" of big city life better than so many of the gangstah videos. Like many artists, as he gained greater control of his work in later films Busby removed the contrasting elements that highlighted the value of his enormous contributions.

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