42nd Street Overview:

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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THE UMPTEENTH BLOGATION: 42nd Street, 1933

on Jan 18, 2022 From Caftan Woman

Theresa, the CineMaven herself is hosting The Umpteenth Blogathon on January 18th. A tribute to those movies which have an addictive hold on our moving pictures loving souls. Every fan has many such films and HERE we get to gush about one of them. My selection is the energetic, music-filled, cynical... Read full article


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


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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.


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


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Facts about

The movie's poster was as #7 of "The 25 Best Movie Posters Ever" by Premiere.
In the 42nd Street finale, dancers on stage pass a store named Reticker's. It was named after Warner Bros. art director Hugh Reticker, who labored at WB for two decades, but did not get screen recognition until two years after this film was made. It's likely he had a hand in designing this set also.
Henry B. Walthall originally had a large role including a key scene in which he died on stage during rehearsals. Almost all of his scenes ended up on the cutting room floor.
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42nd Street

Released 1933
Inducted 1998
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Also directed by Lloyd Bacon




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