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.~Hal Erickson
Always been a fan of movie musicals. This is one of the best. The plot is corny and campy, the acting is corny and campy. It's the musical numbers that blows me away each time. It's amazing how they stage those huge numbers on a small Broadway stage! I still haven't been able to figure it out! (If you haven't realized these last two lines are sarcasm, something is wrong with you!! LOL!!) Seriously, I've always loved musicals and glad I got this on Blu-ray.
This is my girlfriend's favorite movie, so, I'll just focus on the presentation. Very nice transfer, probably the best that this classic is ever going to look. Audio is solid, clearer than it has ever sounded(at compared to its DVD release). Definitely worth checking out if you're a fan of musicals.