Classic Film Guide

42nd Street (1933)

This behind the scenes story of life on Broadway was nominated for a Best Picture (and Sound Recording) Oscar and features all the stars of the day including Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent, Guy Kibbee, Una Merkel, Ned Sparks, Allen Jenkins, and Ginger Rogers in all their glory. It's the quintessential film about those who dream of becoming a star on the world's biggest stage & the toast of New York. Directed by Lloyd Bacon, Bradford Ropes's novel was adapted by Rian James & James Seymour into this essential musical romance drama, which was added to the National Film Registry in 1998. Its titled theme is #97 on AFI's 100 Top Movie Songs of All Time. Baxter's inspiration line to Keeler "Sawyer, you're going out a youngster, but you've got to come back a star!" is #87 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movie Quotes list. #13 on AFI's 25 Greatest Movie Musicals list.

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