42nd Street #MovieReview

Film 280 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1932’s ’42nd Street’. This Lloyd Bacon romantic musical comedy is about a producer who puts on what may be his last Broadway show, and at the last moment a chorus girl has to replace the star. Overall, this was better than I expected it to be. I’m not the biggest fan of musicals but this one was really good. The only real question I would have about the film is, what’s Pat’s role in this? Is he trying to shoehorn himself into the show? Is he there because he’s secretly banging Dorothy? Also, what stage director has ties with the mob that they can call hits on people? Then again, this is the early 30’s and times were different back then. I will admit that in the middle of the film I got Peggy and Dorothy mixed up for one another. Don’t ask me how. This is a film I would recommend especially if you like Grease, Hairspray or West Side Story. Fun Fact of the Film – Warner Bros. was near bankruptcy at the time this was released, but the success of this film saved them. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I had to say while I watched 1932’s ’42nd Street’


Film – 42nd Street
Year – 1933
Director – Lloyd Bacon
Written by – Bradford Ropes, Rian James, James Seymour, Whitney Bolton
Staring – Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent
IMDb Rating – 7.7/10
My Rating – 7.4/10
Length – 85 min  (1h 25min)
Genre – Comedy, Musical, Romance

Nice of the opening credits to show me who’s who – Shame that I’m going to forget in a few minutes

Welcome to 42nd Street in New York

Who’s Jones & Barry?

You are the creepiest agent I’ve ever seen

Ah, Jones & Barry is a production company

Julian is the second person I know to have a pencil moustache – The other is Chris Kamara (UNBELIEVABLE)

A doctor calls Julian and him not to have a nervous breakdown

Julian’s last show is called “Pretty Lady”

What’s a triple funeral? Three funerals at once?

Jerry is now the third person I know with a pencil moustache

Why does Ann look like a modern day hippie?

Also, who brings a dog to chorus rehearsals?

How high are Billy’s trousers?

Thanks for telling me the colour of his cat – Shame the screen is in black and white

First check at the chorus rehearsals, to lift your dresses and show off them ankles

Why is every woman in this film a bitch?

Lady only hear because she banging director

5 weeks to rehearse for a show?!? – Pretty sure most shows take more than 5 weeks

What exactly is this show about – Julian’s show not the film

And Julian already looks like he’s having a breakdown

Who is he and why should I care?

That is not a cigar in his mouth – Looks more like a…. you know!

Also, is he drunk?

Wait… Julian just rang the mob to get Pat killed?!?!

So… Are you Pat Denning?

Two weeks before the show starts and things aren’t going well

And Peggy just fainted from exhaustion

Pat takes advantage to a barely conscious woman to tell her some news about prescription drugs

Why is Pat hanging around the theatre if he’s not involved?

30 minutes in already! That flew by quickly

A mob member just punched Pat who just got someone kicked out of her apartment

Why do I get the feeling he’s about to dope her drink?

Also, is this Peggy or Dorothy?

I KNEW IT!!! He doped her drink and now he’s dragging her to his bedroom

She was quick to wake up from being doped

Now they’re rehearsing through the night with no sleep

Pat tells Dorothy that he’s leaving for Philadelphia for a “stock job”

Are Dorothy’s eyebrows drawn on?

Julian’s losing it

Wait… The opening is tomorrow night

What? The show’s moving to Philadelphia

And this doesn’t settle well with Dorothy

How many men is Peggy sleeping with?

Why are there four men dressed the same for this number?

What exactly is this number meant to be about

Wait? GANDHI!!!!

That’s the last rehearsals over with

Julian and Andy have a chat about Julian’s health

Dorothy then spots Pat putting Peggy in a taxi which upsets her

That’s one thing to do before a show – Get drunk and injure all the female dancers


Whoop! Dorothy heard everything and fired her agent as he was taking her wages ($70,000)

Dorothy just quit the show the night before the premiere

Stop forcing yourself on her Terry

Pat arrives at Dorothy’s apartment in front of the director and Peggy

And Dorothy is absolutely drunk and she just broken her ankle

That is a good question – Why is Pat here?

Abner’s found a replacement… ANN!

Ann doesn’t accept but picks Peggy to replace her


Well…. That’s one way to prepare for a roll

Who needs weeks of rehearsals when you can do the entire show rehearsal in 5 hours

Billy? What are you doing here? At least someone’s nice to Peggy


Dorothy arrives on crutches and gives Peggy some advice on how to handle nerves

Wait, what?! Dorothy and Pat are getting married tomorrow?

It’s showtime

No pressure Peggy but there’s $200,000 on the line tonight as well as 200 jobs

Is this meant to be a sleeper train

What train service has shoe cleaners?

What is this number about? Is about being young and healthy?

I think I saw something similar to this in a Daft Punk music video

So… This is what it’s like between women’s legs

Wait… Is Ann not apart of the show?

Time for the final number

Those shorts make her look like she’s has a penis

Pretty sure that’s not how you hold a baby

How did they get all this on stage?

What a catc

Wait… They just had a man stab a woman for refusing sex in the finale

Cue the shaky cam

The show was a success as Marsh hears all the feedback in the back alley



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