42nd Street

"Excellent"

42nd Street Review


Of Golden Age musicals, 42nd Street is about as close to the archetype as they come. It's about an hour of exposition as a big Broadway director puts on his last big show (as he's ill), and all manner of catastrophes befall him en route to opening night. Most notably in 42nd Street, his star breaks her ankle and has to be replaced by a chorus girl. Then comes the music and dancing, rapid fire. While "Shuffle Off to Buffalo" is the sentimental favorite musical number, it's the title song and dance number, about 20 minutes of insanity that takes place largely on an enormous lazy susan, that really gets things moving. Too bad it comes right at the end.


42nd Street

Facts and Figures

Run time: 89 mins

In Theaters: Saturday 11th March 1933

Box Office Worldwide: $2.3M

Budget: $439 thousand

Distributed by: MGM Home Entertainment

Production compaines: Warner Bros.

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Fresh: 20 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 7.7 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Lloyd Bacon

Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck

Starring: Warner Baxter as Julian Marsh, Bebe Daniels as Dorothy Brock, as Pat Denning, Ruby Keeler as Peggy, Guy Kibbee as Abner Dillon, as Lorraine Fleming, as Ann, as Barry, as Billy Lawler, as Mac Elroy, Edward J. Nugent as Terry, Robert McWade as Jones, George E. Stone as Andy Lee, Toby Wing as Billy's partner in "Young & Healthy" number, as Pansy, Charles Lane as Playwright of "Pretty Lady", Wallis Clark as Dr. Chadwick, Tom Kennedy as Slim Murphy, Harry Akst as Jerry the pianist, George Irving as Hotel doctor, Clarence Nordstrum as Peggy's groom in "Shuffle Off To Buffalo" number, Jack La Rue as Thug, Henry B. Walthall as Stage actor

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