42nd Street

  • Film
  • Drama
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Reviving the musical's fortunes in one fell swoop, Bacon and Busby Berkeley's backstage saga set the benchmark for the putting-on-a-show subgenre not by means of plot (a thin and hackneyed affair about a young understudy finding stardom when she covers for the temperamental diva) but through sassy songs and dialogue and dazzling mise-en-scène. A grand cast makes the most of numbers like 'You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me', 'Shuffle Off to Buffalo' and 'Young and Healthy', while Berkeley choreographs chorines and camera with mischievous dexterity.

Release details

Duration: 89 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Screenwriter: James Seymour, Rian James
Cast: Warner Baxter
Ruby Keeler
Bebe Daniels
Dick Powell
Guy Kibbee
George Brent
Ginger Rogers
Una Merkel
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