42nd Street
Warner Bros. (3/9/1933)
Drama, Musical, Romance
In Collection
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IMDB   7.7
89 mins USA / English
DVD  Region 1   NR (Not Rated)
Warner Baxter Julian Marsh
Bebe Daniels Dorothy 'Dot' Brock
George Brent Pat Denning
Ruby Keeler Peggy Sawyer
Guy Kibbee Abner Dillon
Una Merkel Lorraine 'Lolly' Fleming
Ginger Rogers Ann Lowell (Anytime Annie)
Ned Sparks Thomas Barry
Dick Powell Billy Lawler
Allen Jenkins Mac Elroy
Edward J. Nugent Terry Neil
Robert McWade Al Jones
George E. Stone Andy Lee
Harry Akst Jerry (uncredited)
Loretta Andrews Chorus girl (uncredited)
Joan Barclay Chorus girl (uncredited)
Louise Beavers Pansy (uncredited)
Lynn Browning Chorus girl (uncredited)
Edna Callaghan Chorus girl (uncredited)
Maxine Cantway Chorus girl (uncredited)
Bebe Daniels Dorothy Brock
Una Merkel Lorraine Fleming
Ginger Rogers Ann Lowell
Lloyd Bacon
Producer Hal B. Wallis
Darryl F. Zanuck
Writer Bradford Ropes
Rian James
James Seymour
Whitney Bolton

Set during the depression, this is the granddaddy of backstage musicals in which the understudy finally gets a chance to shine. It may seem a little cliché now, but in 1933 this was hot stuff. All that behind-the-scenes atmosphere feels very genuine, and the script is more acerbic than you might expect.

A sickly Julian Marsh (Warner Baxter) puts his all into what may be his last show, only to face a disaster when leading lady Dorothy Brock (Bebe Daniels) sprains her ankle. Thank heavens for ingenue Peggy Sawyer (Ruby Keeler), who steps in at the last minute. The vivacious soundtrack includes "Shuffle off to Buffalo," and the still-catchy title tune. Best of all are those extravagant, kaleidoscopic dance numbers by Busby Berkeley, then in his prime. --Rochelle O'Gorman

Edition Details
Edition Snap Case
Distributor Warner Brothers
Chapters 28
Release Date 9/19/2000
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Fullscreen (4:3)
Subtitles English; English (Closed Captioned); French
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital Mono [English]
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Black & White Closed-captioned