42nd Street

42nd Street

Warner Baxter
Director: Lloyd Bacon Cast: Warner Baxter
Warner Baxter
, Bebe Daniels
Bebe Daniels
, George Brent
George Brent
Lloyd Bacon

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/21/2015
UPC: 0888574286286
Original Release: 1933
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 1:29:00
Sales rank: 19,101

Special Features

3 vintage featurettes: ; Harry Warren: America's Foresmost Composer; Hollywood Newsreel; A Trip Through a Hollywood Studio; Retrospective featurette: ; From Book to Screen to Stage; 2 vintage Warner Bros. cartoons: ; Shuffle Off to Buffalo; Young and Healthy

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Warner Baxter Julian Marsh
Bebe Daniels Dorothy Brock
George Brent Pat Denning
Ruby Keeler Peggy Sawyer
Una Merkel Lorraine Fleming
Guy Kibbee Abner Dillon
Ginger Rogers Ann Lowell/Anytime Annie
Dick Powell Billy Lawler
Ned Sparks Thomas Barry
Allen Jenkins MacElroy
Henry B. Walthall The Actor
Eddie Nugent Terry Neil
Clarence Nordstrom Leading Man
Robert McWade Al Jones
George E. Stone Andy Lee
Harry Warren Songwriter
Albert Akst Jerry
Joan Barclay Actor
Busby Berkeley Actor
Adele Lacey Actor
Lyle Talbot Geoffrey Waring
Alexis Dubin Songwriter
Gertrude Keeler Actor
Jayne Shadduck Actor
Margaret La Marr Actor
Ruth Eddings Actor
Maxine Cantway Actor
Lynn Browning Actor
Toby Wing "Young and Healthy" Girl
Pat Wing Chorus Girl
Wallis Clark Dr. Chadwick
Jack LaRue A Mug
Louise Beavers Pansy
Dave "Tex" O'Brien Chorus Boy
Patricia Ellis Secretary
George S. Irving House Doctor
Charles Lane An Author
Milt Kibbee News Spreader
Rolfe Sedan Stage Aide
Harry Seymour Aide
Anne Hovey Chorus Girl
Renee Whitney Chorus Girl
Dorothy Coonan Chorus Girl
Barbara Rogers Chorus Girl
June Glory Chorus Girl
Loretta Andrews Chorus Girl
Donna Mae Roberts Chorus Girl
Lorena Layson Chorus Girl
Alice Jans Chorus Girl
Kermit Maynard Dancer Who Catches Girl
Tom Kennedy Slim Murphy
Dorothy White Dancer

Technical Credits
Lloyd Bacon Director
Busby Berkeley Choreography
Whitney Bolton Screenwriter
Alexis Dubin Songwriter
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Gordon Hollingshead Asst. Director
Rian James Screenwriter
Nathan Levinson Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Okey Art Director
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Sol Polito Cinematographer
Thomas Pratt Editor
James Seymour Screenwriter
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Frank Ware Editor
Harry Warren Songwriter
Perc Westmore Makeup
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

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