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Title:
42nd Street
Author:
James, Rian, 1899-1953.
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Publication Information:
Madison : Published for the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research by University of Wisconsin Press, 1980.
Physical Description:
196 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Screenplay, by R. James and J. Seymour, for the motion picture 42nd Street, based on the novel by B. Ropes.
Language:
English
Added Uniform Title:
42nd Street (Motion picture)
ISBN:
9780299081003

9780299081041
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Summary

This screenplay of "42nd Street," along with Rocco Fumento's thorough and engrossing introduction, takes the reader behind the scenes to see how the Warners studio took a dismal novel and, working within severe financial constraints brought on by the Great Depression, turned out a smash musical hit. "42nd Street "is a watershed film, one that resuscitated the Hollywood musical during troubled times. Yet 42nd Street wasn't merely a Depression tonic, its multiple plot line was half-comic, half-serious. It was a fast-paced, energetic, and the first musical not to shrink away from the fact that a Depression was going on. The film is an odd, and oddly successful, fusion of the real with the fantastic.