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42nd Street (1933) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by Lloyd Bacon and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.

42nd Street was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1998.

Academy Awards 1932/33 --- Ceremony Number 6 (source: AMPAS)

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Best PictureWarner Bros.Nominated
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42nd Street (1933)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Mar 24, 2019 From 4 Star Films

“Sawyer, you’re going out a youngster but you’ve got to come back a star!” – Warner Baxter to Ruby Keeler 42nd Street essentially feels like hallowed ground even today because it single-handedly gave an entire generation of films plentiful ammunition for tropes while ju... Read full article


Re-watching 42nd Street (1933)

By Carol Martinheira on Jan 24, 2018 From The Old Hollywood Garden

Re-watching 42nd Street (1933) On January 24, 2018 By CarolIn Uncategorized So, I?ve been trying to re-watch a lot of films lately. And for some?reason, this was one?of those films that I kept forgetting to re-watch. I saw it millions of years ago, probably 2009 or 201... Read full article


Pre-Code Crazy: 42nd Street (1933)

By shadowsandsatin on Feb 7, 2017 From Shadows and Satin

Okay, y?all. By now, you probably know that I?m not the world?s biggest fan of musicals. But there are some musicals that I simply adore, and I have to admit that 42nd Street is one of them. In fact, until I popped in my DVD to watch the film for this post, I?d actually forgotten just how much I lov... Read full article


Warner Archive: 42nd Street (1933) Sparkles on Blu-ray

By KC on May 6, 2015 From Classic Movies

The Warner Archive Blu-ray edition of 42nd Street glimmers from the first frame. Even the title card looks magnificent. The credit "Silks by the Cheney Brothers" never looked more glamorous. To see the film that I watched dozens of times as a teenager on a VHS copy recorded from TV this way is almos... Read full article


TCM Classic Film Festival Day 3: WHY BE GOOD? 42nd STREET, EARTHQUAKE!

By Lara on Mar 30, 2015 From Backlots

Day 3 was one filled with favorites and laughs. I started off the day with Why Be Good? (1929), a movie I had seen a few months ago when a new restoration was screened at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This same restoration was shown here, and I loved the movie so much the first time that I h... Read full article


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Quotes from

Billy Lawler: [to Peggy Sawyer] Hey, I've been for you ever since you walked in on me in my BVD's.


Slim Murphy: Hey got a match?
Pat Denning: Yep... why I guess so... yeah.
Slim Murphy: Don't happen to know a guy named Pat Denning do ya?
Pat Denning: Why yes.
Slim Murphy: We got a message for him. This guy Pat Denning's a pretty wise mug but he ain't wise enough and if he don't lay off that Dorothy Brock dame, it's gonna be just too bad... for Denning, get me?
Pat Denning: Alright I'll tell him.
Slim Murphy: Yeah well...
[punches Pat in the mouth and Pat falls down]
Slim Murphy: that's so ya don't forget.
Mug with Murphy: Yeah
[He and Slim kick Pat then run off]
Peggy Sawyer: Ohhhhh Pat... Pat... Pat... who were they?
Pat Denning: Friends... with good advice.


Dorothy Brock: Now go out there and be so swell that you'll make me hate you!


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Facts about

The film was so financially successful that it saved Warner Brothers from bankruptcy.
In one of the opening scenes, Bebe Daniels is reading the February 20, 1932 issue of The New Yorker magazine, with its trademark top-hatted Manhattanite on the cover. This is not the premiere issue (2/21/1925), as previously thought. The New Yorker runs the premiere cover once every year on the date closest to the date of the first issue in 1925. A close comparison of the covers from the 1932 and 1933 anniversary covers (available at the New Yorker web site) shows this to be the one from 1932.
When it premiered in New York City at the Strand Theatre in March 1933, Variety reported that some of the musical numbers were projected on the enlarged grandeur wide screen.
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42nd Street

Released 1933
Inducted 1998
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