Saturday, August 11, 2012

42nd Street (1933)

I've heard a lot about Busby Berkeley musicals, but have never actually seen one. This film is also one of my favorite genres--the backstage play. We're in the Depression, and two producers are putting on a musical called Pretty Lady (terrible title). They hire a drunken and depressed director desperate for one last hit, and the leading lady is stringing along the show's main benefactor while seeing another dude on the side. Oh, there's also a young and idealistic ingenue in the chorus. Wonder what's going to happen to her? The film was nominated for Best Picture, and includes the classic numbers "You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me," "Shuffle off to Buffalo," and, of course, "Forty-Second Street." And just revel in that rad poster, why don't you?

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