"Sawyer, you're going out a youngster, but you've got to come back a star!"
Entertainment Weekly - 05/12/1979
"...42ND STREET still enchants today....All the vulgar vitality that Warner Bros.' pictures exuded back then..." -- Rating: A
Premiere - 12/01/2003
"...Innovative and visually dazzling..."
Total Film - 02/01/2004
"Berkeley hits his stride in the archetypal let's-put-on-a-show pic..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Meet a dew-eyed ingenue, a gee-whiz tenor, stuck-up stars, hard-up producers, brassy blondes and "shady ladies from the 80s." They're all denizens of 42nd Street, belting out ageless Harry Warren/Al Dubin songs and tapping out Busby Berkeley's sensational Depression-lifting production numbers.
The put-on-a-show plot spins merrily, full of snappy banter and new faces Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell and Ginger Rogers. the show-stopping numbers still dazzle!
Splashy Hollywood does splashy Broadway in this behind-the-scenes of a show musical. The leading lady is, as many times before, suddenly unavailable and the understudy chorus line girl is thrust into the limelight. Last minute preparations for opening night with the new star turn the entire production on its ear before the big premiere. Many memorable tunes including: "Forty-Second Street," "Young and Healthy," "You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me" and "Shuffle Off To Buffalo."
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42ND STREET was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1998.