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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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Julian Marsh: Sawyer, you listen to me, and you listen hard. Two hundred people, two hundred jobs, two hundred thousand dollars, five weeks of grind and blood and sweat depend upon you. It's the lives of all these people who've worked with you. You've got to go on, and you've got to give and give and give. They've got to like you. Got to. Do you understand? You can't fall down. You can't because your future's in it, my future and everything all of us have is staked on you. All right, now I'm through, but you keep your feet on the ground and your head on those shoulders of yours and go out, and Sawyer, you're going out a youngster but you've got to come back a star!


Ann Lowell: [to chorus girl] It must have been hard on your mother, not having any children.


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


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One of the lines in the song "Shuffle off to Buffalo" is "when she knows as much as we know/she'll be on her way to Reno/while he still has dough." Contemporary audiences would have recognized this as a reference to the fairly common practice of moving to Reno, Nevada, for a short-term stay to obtain a divorce. At the time of the movie's release (and for at least twenty-five years afterward), Nevada had some of the most lenient divorce laws in the country, especially compared to New York, where the there were few accepted grounds for divorce, and the standards of proof for those grounds were so high as to be almost impossible (for instance, evidence of adultery had to be in the form of eyewitness testimony or photographic records of the act); and even then, divorces took a year to be final. By contrast, Nevada granted a divorce for almost any reason after only a six-week-residency period.
Both Harry Warren and Al Dubin are credited onscreen for both music and lyrics, but no songs are credited onscreen. However, Warren wrote the music for all the songs recognized and listed in the soundtrack, and Dubin the lyrics for those songs which were sung.
Ginger Rogers took the role of Anytime Annie at the urging of director Mervyn LeRoy, whom she was dating at the time.
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42nd Street

Released 1933
Inducted 1998
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