Cover image for 42nd Street
Title:
42nd Street
Author:
Bacon, Lloyd, 1890-1955.
Publication Information:
Burbank, CA : Turner Entertainment : Warner Home Video, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
A Broadway musical director has troubles during rehearsal, promotes the understudy and has a successful opening night. Chiefly memorable for the incredible musical numbers.
General Note:
"Standard Version presented in a format preserving the aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition" -- container.

Based on the novel by Bradford Ropes.

Originally produced as motion picture in 1933.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780790750149
UPC:
012569500129

012569678545
Format :
DVD

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Summary

The quintessential "backstage" musical, 42nd Street traces the history of a Broadway musical comedy, from casting call to opening night. Warner Baxter plays famed director Julian Marsh, who despite failing health is determined to stage one last great production, "Pretty Lady." Others involved include "Pretty Lady" star Dorothy Brock (Bebe Daniels); Dorothy's "sugar daddy" (Guy Kibbee), who finances the show; her true love Pat (George Brent); leading man Billy Lawlor (Dick Powell); and starry-eyed chorus girl Peggy Sawyer (Ruby Keeler). It practically goes without saying that Dorothy twists her ankle the night before the premiere, forcing Julian Marsh is to put chorine Peggy into the lead: "You're going out there a youngster, but you've got to come back a star!" Delightfully corny, with hilarious wisecracking support from the likes of Ginger Rogers, Una Merkel, and George E. Stone, 42nd Street is perhaps the most famous of Warners' early-1930s Busby Berkeley musicals. Based on the novel by Bradford Ropes (which was a lot steamier than the movie censors would allow), 42nd Street is highlighted by such grandiose musical setpieces as "Shuffle Off to Buffalo," "Young and Healthy," and of course the title song. Nearly fifty years after its premiere, it was successfully revived as a Broadway musical with Tammy Grimes and Jerry Orbach. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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