Sunday, March 10, 2013

42nd Street (1933)

Director: Lloyd Bacon

Starring: Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent, Ruby Keeler, Guy Kibbee, Una Merkel, Ginger Rogers, Ned Sparks, Dick Powell

More info: IMDb

Plot: Julian Marsh (Baxter), a successful Broadway director, produces a new show, in spite of his poor health. The money comes from a rich older man, who is in love with the star of the show, Dorothy Brock. But Dorothy (Daniels) doesn't respond to his love, because she's still in love with her old partner. On the night before the premiere, Dorothy breaks her ankle, and Peggy Sawyer (Keeler), one of the chorus girls, tries to take over Dorothy's part.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Maybe.

I recently caught this at an old theater (it's been around since the 30s but it's been a stage theater for many decades) that was having a film series where they would show a classic movie every Saturday night for a couple of months.  I've always wanted to see this picture and seeing it on the big screen in a theater that was around when this originally played was fantastic.  I had Coke & popcorn in hand and I was one happy dude.  A friend of mine, who's never seen a musical, even dug it.  It's a lot of fun.  The dialogue is quick and snappy, the actors are fun and the story flies along at a pretty fast clip.  Before you know it you've killed an hour and a half.  This is the one with the line, "'re going out a youngster but you've got to come back a star!"  Any time you get the chance to see an old movie, ANY old movie, on the big screen you need to take advantage of it.  This is a prime example how it's better that way.  Seeing it in a glamorous antique theater setting with a few hundred people made it even more special and I'm better for it.  Gee I wish I lived near a big city where things like this are the norm.

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