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- 3 Featurettes Harry Warren: America's Foremost Composer, Hollywood Newsreel and A Trip Through a Hollywood Studio
- Subtitles in English & French
- Run Time: 1 hours, 29 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: March 21, 2006
- Originally Released: 1933
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Warner Baxter & Bebe Daniels|
|Performer:||George Brent, Una Merkel, Ned Sparks, Ginger Rogers & Guy Kibbee|
|Directed by||Lloyd Bacon|
|Screenplay by||Rian James & James Seymour|
|Composition by||Al Dubin & Harry Warren|
|Art Direction by||Jack Okey|
|Produced by||Darryl F. Zanuck|
|Director of Photography:||Sol Polito|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Sawyer, you're going out a youngster, but you've got to come back a star!"
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...Innovative and visually dazzling...
This 1933 film is the best known of the Warner Brothers Depression-era musicals, though it doesn't compare in dash and extravagance to later entries in the cycle. Full Review
Oddly enough, in 42nd Street, Warner Baxter is a rather convincing stage director, Bebe Daniels has a surprisingly good voice and a fair sense of comedy, and the dancing and song routines are introduced with some imagination. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- A deliciously funny musical; racy and light years ahead of its time. Full Review
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Rating: B -- One can't say enough good things about what Busby Berkeley did for the musical. Full Review
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Berkeley choreographs chorines and camera with mischievous dexterity. Full Review
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."
- 42ND STREET was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1998.
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