42nd Street

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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, Rovi

Chapter List

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Credits and Cast ("42nd Street", "You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me"). [1:21]
2. Starring Dorothy Brock. [1:52]
3. Marsh's Last Shot. [2:57]
4. Audition Day. [2:17]
5. Newcomer Meets Juvenile. [4:06]
6. "We're Going to Have a Show!" [2:24]
7. Rehearsals ("It Must Be June"). [4:31]
8. The Denning Dilemma. [5:19]
9. "You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me." [2:29]
10. Peggy and Pat. [4:04]
11. A Good Night's Rest. [4:38]
12. A Bad Night's Workout. [1:02]
13. Goodbye. [2:37]
14. So This Is Philadelphia. [2:45]
15. "You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me." [2:46]
16. The Night Before Opening. [5:09]
17. Party Tensions. [2:37]
18. The Dorothy Dilemma. [2:41]
19. "My Ankle!" [4:45]
20. Anytime Annie Saves the Day. [2:40]
21. Peggy's Big Chance. [3:18]
22. Between the Lines. [1:30]
23. Now It's Your Turn. [2:15]
24. "Come Back a Star." [2:14]
25. "Shuffle Off to Buffalo." [5:26]
26. "Young and Healthy." [4:23]
27. "42nd Street." [5:48]
28. The Credit. [1:04]