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42nd Street


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  • Actors: Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent, Ruby Keeler, Guy Kibbee
  • Directors: Lloyd Bacon
  • Writers: Bradford Ropes, James Seymour, Rian James, Whitney Bolton
  • Producers: Darryl F. Zanuck
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: March 21 2006
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E0ODZY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,081 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David E. Lobosco on Oct. 14 2000
Format: DVD
Maybe in the fast paced world of the 21st Century this old time musical may seem corny and passe, but to fans of early musicals, "42nd Street" is the single musical which would define the genre for decades to come. Most musicals prior to "42nd Street", didn't even have a plot, but after this film movie musicals were elevated to an artform.
The print on this DVD copy is absolutely flawless. It is truly hard to believe that the original movie came out in 1933. The movie draws you into the lives of the players, all trying to produce a successful Broadway show. The whole cast is noteworthy and includes some of Hollywood's best like:Dick Powell,Ruby Keeler,Warner Baxter,Ned Sparks,Ginger Rogers, and Una Merkel among others. Throw in the score by Harry Warren and Al Dubin and you certainly have a feast for the eyes as well as the ears.
The DVD copy has over 30 minutes of added attractions as well. The one short included is a gem of Harry Warren singing his own tunes. The other short is an interested look from 1934 into what goes on in a Hollywood studio. Also included is the original trailer to "42nd Street". If you are a fan of great musicals, this one should certainly be in your library...
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Great production numbers. Nice to see acting the way it was meant to be. The old understudy does well story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By james byrne on April 29 2002
Format: DVD
I AM A SUCKER FOR ANYTHING AT ALL TO DO WITH BUSBY BERKELEY AND HIS DELICTABLE CHORUS OF BEAUTIFUL LADIES.UNFORTUNATELY "42ND STREET" IS THE ONLY DVD THAT I CAN GET HOLD OF WITH REFERENCE TO BUSBY BERKELEY.TWO OF HIS "THE GOLDIGGERS FILMS" HAVE ELUDED ME THUS FAR - MAYBE SOME OF THE REVIEWERS OUTTHERE IN AMAZON.COM LAND COULD HELP ME OUT WITH DETAILS OF WHERE I CAN GET THE GOLDIGGER FILMS.42ND STREET IS BY FAR (IN MY OPINION) ONE OF BUSBY'S BEST MOVIES, WITH POSSIBLY THE FIRST GOLDIGGER COMING A CLOSE SECOND.THE MAN WAS WAY, WAY AHEAD OF HIS TIME IN DANCE ROUTINES AND THE SPECTACULAR STYLE OF HIS SETS.IT'S A CRYING SHAME THAT HE DIDN'T GET THE RECOGNITION HIS SO RICHLY DESERVED SO THEREFORE I AWARD HIM THE "JIMBO" FOR SERVICES TO MOTION PICTURES.I BET HE'S DANCING THE LIGHT FANTASTIC WITH ALL HIS GALS - UP THERE IN HEAVEN.IF ONLY THERE WAS ANOTHER BUSBY - I SUPPOSE ONE CAN DREAM !!!1JAMES BYRNE
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By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 18 2011
Format: DVD
This has it's a lot of fun moments, including 15 minutes worth of terrific,
over-the-top Busby Berkeley dance numbers, some snappy, sexy pre-code
dialogue, and impressive early use of crane shots.

Yes, it's mostly awkwardly acted. And the whole thing is a string of clichés
from start to finish. But, this film helped establish those clichés, and is pretty
darn enjoyable in a corny, silly way.

Many critics consider it a classic, and it is indeed important in Hollywood history.

That said, I can't quite bring myself to say "classic", but I did smile a lot, especially
on 2nd viewing.
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By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 2 2006
Format: DVD
But you've got to come back as a star!

"42nd Street" is one of those formula rival substitutes for the overbearing star formula chorus line movies that you see over and over. However it is old enough that this could have been the prototype for such movies as "Down to Earth" (1947). This must have been made shortly after talkies appeared ad they advertise it as one of the best movies since Warner Brothers made talkies. The story was adapted from a novel by Bradford Ropes.

It is interesting to see all the references to the "Great Depression" in the script and even the music.

A cute chorus girl Dorothy Brock (Bebe Daniels) smarms an old rich coot into financing a musical comedy and making her the star. The producer Julian Marsh (Warner Baxter) is economically poor due to the depression and has a nerves condition that makes this his last and imperatively good production. Others in the production range from old troopers to firs timers.

Most of the film is constant practicing in the day and deceit in the evening.

This film is good enough to place names next to the pictures of the actors and you will recognize many personalities form the period for example:

Warner Baxter

Bebe Daniels

George Brent

Ruby Keeler

Guy Kibbee

Una Merkel

Ginger Rogers

Ned Sparks

Dick Powell

Allen Jenkins

Edward J. Nugent

Robert McWade

George E. Stone

There are many good Songs peppered throughout the film such as:

"It Must Be June"

"Shuffle Off to Buffalo"

"Young and Healthy"

"42nd Street"

If you cotton to Harry Warren songs you may want to find the album "The Song Is Harry Warren"

We can all sit back with your popcorn and become part of 42nd street.
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By Steven L. Katz on June 9 2004
Format: DVD
this is one of my all time favorite movies. I think that the humor is wonderful, and the cast, sining and dancing are just fine. Ruby Keeler is simply adorable as Peggy Sawyer, Bebe Daniels is rightly used as the fading star, Warner Baxter, Ned Sparks, and Guy Kibbee make the most of their parts. Una Merkel is ducky as wisecracking Larraine, and a scene stealing Ginger Rogers is a gem. ALthough I loved her in dramatic roles, stright comedy, and with Fred Astaire, there's something about the way she examplifies a wisecracking-secondlead-chorine that is just so wonderful. I believe that this is one of Ginger's best performances, that goes for the whole cast. A similar film with mostly the same cast, (Ginger, Guy, Ned, Ruby, and Dick Powell, and chorus dancers) and the same famous Busby Berkeley overhead shots, watch Goldiggers of 1933. I think that these two are some of the funniest musicals ever made.
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