42nd Street

DVD - 2006
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
42nd Street
A Broadway musical director has troubles during rehearsal, promotes the understudy and has a successful opening night. Chiefly memorable for the incredible musical numbers.


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Busby Berkeley musical with some amazing visuals and frisky lyrics. "
Little nifties from the Fifties, innocent and sweet,/
Sexy ladies from the Eighties who are indiscreet,/
They're side by side, they're glorified,
Where the underworld can meet the elite/
Naughty, ... Read More »

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Dec 13, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The story is older than Broadway itself: a young ingenue from the cornfields of the midwest travels to the big city seeking fame and fortune and winds up becoming a star overnight when she is called upon to replace an injured leading lady. Filled with the usual assortment of backstage bitching, flippant one-liners and romantic intrigues (this was filmed 50 years before "A Chorus Line") it all seems a bit stale by today's standards. Although Ruby Keeler's dazed performance gives the impression she took one too many hits off the bong the rest of the cast is adequate, including a young Ginger Rogers. But it is the wildly camp closing number, staged by Busby Berkeley himself, that makes it all worthwhile; the rest is just preamble.

Jul 26, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Do you know where the song "Shuffle off to Buffalo" came from? Well, it came from an excellent Broadway Play and Movie "42nd Street". It is one of Hollywood's best musicals then and now. Why not see the original movie with such stars as Dick Powell, Rudy Keeler, and Ginger Rogers. You will be amazed at the dance numbers. This show has got it all. If you like a great musical, this is for you. Thanks for reading the above.

Jun 09, 2014

5 stars. A joy from start to finish. Sure the story is old hat, but beautifully executed. The musical numbers are still GREAT.


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