42nd Street

42nd st


(Lloyd Bacon, 1933)

Depression-era musical that ramps up as it develops and finishes with some stunning Busby Berkeley set pieces.

Ruby Keeler plays a naive chorus girl who rises to stardom in a renowned director’s (Warner Baxter) final musical. It’s pretty standard fare–love triangles, sassy chorus girls, and lots of rehearsal footage. Fortunately, it starts to kick into the stratosphere right at its climax, which leaves one wishing why the rest of the film couldn’t be as fun or inventive.

Hey everybody, let’s put on a show! And this time, let’s do it before the final 20 minutes!

3.5/5.0 (added 1.0 star just for the finale)


Posted on April 13, 2009, in Film log, Top 1000 and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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