42nd Street (Sous-titres franais)
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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...
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.
"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:
Edward J. Nugent
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"
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Great production numbers. Nice to see acting the way it was meant to be. The old understudy does well story.Published on Feb. 14 2014 by Janice Lacey
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. Read morePublished on June 9 2004 by Steven L. Katz
If you only ever see one Broadway play in your life, it'd better be 42nd street! It's jam-packed with tap dancers, songs, and oodles of pretty girls! Read morePublished on July 16 2003
The trouble with the word "classic" is that it becomes applied to films that don't deserve it. Perhaps that's a little harsh, but after watching 42nd Street, that's what came to... Read morePublished on April 2 2003
I love old movies. Can't get enough of them. That being said I was impressed by this film. The plot is merely a vehicle for the songs(which I can't stop singing)and the dance... Read morePublished on March 21 2003 by Anita
... what really redeemed the 42nd st film version for me was the many moments it shook off the constraints of following the play and used the medium of film to its advantage. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2003
It doesn't matter if it's 1933 or 2002 this is the grand daddy of all musicals and the beginning of some Broadway hits like "42nd Street" and "Dames At Sea". Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2002 by Rick D. Barszcz
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