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42nd Street (Snap Case)

4.6 out of 5 stars 144 customer reviews

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42nd Street (Snap Case)

Special Features

  • 3 vintage documentary shorts - "Harry Warren: America's Foremost Composer," "Hollywood Newsreel" and "A Trip Through A Hollywood Studio"
  • Notes on Busby Berkeley

Product Details

  • Actors: Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, George Brent, Bebe Daniels, Guy Kibbee
  • Directors: Lloyd Bacon
  • Writers: Bradford Ropes, James Seymour, Rian James, Whitney Bolton
  • Producers: Darryl F. Zanuck
  • Format: Full Screen, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 19, 2000
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TZRW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,240 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "42nd Street (Snap Case)" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
42ND STREET has everything I could ask for in a movie. Set in the present day (1933) it's a Depression-era behind-the-scenes story of the making of a Broadway musical. An ensemble piece, it tracks a number of story lines at once - Broadway star `Dot' Brock (the beautiful Bebe Daniels) and her ever-present sugar daddy, the production's angel. wonderfully played by Guy Kibbee. The down-but-not-out director Julian Marsh (Warner Baxter), for whom this play is a lifeline (`You guys ever hear of Wall Street?' Marsh asks when queried about his desire to direct this play, that being `nuff said in those days.) The sweet ingénue Peggy Sawyer and her numerous beaux and faux beaux. Peggy Sawyer is played by Ruby Keeler, who was a wonderful dancer and an acceptable singer, but an enormously untalented actress. There are, as well, various and sundry chorus girls, singers, and hangers-on.

How good is this movie? Baxter and Daniels are incredibly good and more than cancel out Keeler's performance. The last twenty-minutes or so are devoted to Busby Berkeley dance numbers, and they don't rise above the movie. The dialogue is great, ranging from the slightly risqué - said of Anytime Annie (Ginger Rogers as a veteran chorus girl) when she's first introduced, "She only said `No' once, and then she didn't hear the question", to the self-deprecating - when the lead singer played by Dick Powell introduces himself to the Ruby Keeler character, he says "I'm Billy Lawler, one of Broadway's better juveniles", to the surreal - an observation by slightly tipsy co-producer Thomas Barry (Ned Sparks) on Angel Abner Dillon (Kibbee), "He looks like a Bulgarian boll-weevil mourning his first born.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Now this is how old films from the Thirties should look and sound. Warner's Home Video through their Warner Archive Collection have released "42nd Street"(1933) one of the all-time great musicals on Blu-ray for the first time and the results are just stunning. This new Blu-ray presentation is nearly pristine(Bitrate: 35.00) and for a film that's over 80 years old, the results are very impressive. Essentially a "backstage musical" about the creation and rehearsals for a new show that is to open on Broadway in five weeks, Warner's gives "42nd Street" a whole new life on Blu-ray and fans of the film will not be disappointed by the restoration of this classic Depression era musical. As mentioned above, the video quality is nearly flawless with the only the transition between each of the scenes having any noticeable damage. The director(or editor) uses a transition "wipe" technique instead of a straight cut but this only lasts a few seconds before the picture returns to it's crystal clear image. Gone are all of the vertical lines, white specks, torn frames, etc. that have been a problem with standard DVD versions of the film in the past. The Audio(DTS-HA Master Audio) has been improved also with no noise artifacts(hiss, pops, etc.). Dialogue and songs are crystal clear and easy to understand. The story itself moves along at a breakneck pace due in no small part by the director, Lloyd Bacon. Bacon gets some incredible shots of all the goings on of putting on a new show with his high crane shots from the top of the theatre being especially impressive.Read more ›
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Format: VHS Tape
The breakthrough musical of 1933 is still a light and fun video to watch. Often remembered for being the first musical to incorporate a plot, 42nd Street dazzles with its lavish production numbers, especially the title song plus "Shufffle Off To Buffalo" and "You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me." Though the jokes may be corny and the sexual innuendoes stale by 21st century standards, I found myself laughing at loud and thoroughly enjoying the dazzling camera tricks and kaleidoscopic overhead shots. But one of the best treats of all was watching the greats from a bygone era performing at the peak of their careers. Warner Baxter is superb as the director desperate to produce a hit while Guy Kibbee shines as the lecherous producer. Bebe Daniels is memorable as the leading lady who twists her ankle on opening night and Ruby Keeler, in her movie debut, is the spunky girl plucked from the chorus line to save the show. Others in the all-star cast include Ginger Rogers, George Brent, Dick Powell, Allen Jenkins, and more.
42nd Street is definitely a toe-tapping good time that fans of movie musicals will enjoy.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It doesn't matter if it's 1933 or 2002 this is the grand daddy of all musicals and the beginning of some Broadway hits like "42nd Street" and "Dames At Sea". "42nd Street with it's excellent classic music, corney and funny story of a girl landing the lead in a Broadway musical. This movie which is timeless is just pure fun.The most amazing thing about this DVD is the remarkable transformation. It's pretty flawless in picture quality. The sound for it's time still can hold it's own and has some great bass sound. I wonder how this would sound if it was rechanneled to 5.1 using todays technology.All in all this is a masterpiece of a film, the production numbers from the master and the wonderful talent of Ruby Keeler, Warner Baxter and Bebe Daniels are priceless. The extras on the DVD is a wonderful historical bonus.
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Lullaby of Broadway
No, it was Golddiggers of 1935. Check it out, it was a really good movie.
Dec 20, 2006 by Karen Cox |  See all 2 posts
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