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42nd Street (Snap Case) (1933)

Warner Baxter , Bebe Daniels , Lloyd Bacon  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent, Ruby Keeler, 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TZRW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,271 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "42nd Street (Snap Case)" on IMDb

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

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jones and Barry are doing a show July 2, 2005
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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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After All These Years, 42nd Street Still Delivers March 19, 2001
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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Come and meet,,those dance'n feet!" August 6, 2002
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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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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This was the film that saved musicals, Thanks to Busby Berkeley. This film is certainly a musical classic. This is the film that saved musicals thanks to Busby Berkeley. Won't tell you everything, But I'll tell the highlights. The songs are beautiful, Great musical scores. I don't care what generation your from, if you love good music, this film is it. The attractive Bebe Daniels sings "You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me". Ruby Keeler does some good dancing for that era I guess, most people today wouldn't think much of it today, but that era loved it, because she was the first tap dance star, its not Eleanor Powell or Ginger Rogers dancing but its good. This movie basically is about what truly goes on behind the curtains of broadway and they certainly had the right people to be in the movie, because all were in Broadway so it was easy for them to betray it. A tempermental almost abusive director Mr. Marsh(Warner Baxter). A tempermental star who breaks her ankle by being drunk then Peggy Sawyer gets to replace Ms. Dorothy Brock, but before she gets to be a star Mr. Marsh who practices her to death 5 hours before the show, she almost gives up but in Mr. Marsh own way tries to persuade her to do it. I like the scene where Mrs Burke walks in on Peggy Sawyer(Ruby Keeler) people think she's going to hurt her but she doesn't, she actually wants her to do good, and tells her "You Go Out There and Be So Grand, That It'll Make Me Hate You." Another Great scene is before she goes on stage Mr. Marsh tells her "You're Going Out A Youngster But You'll Come Back A Star" words to live by.
Great songs sung by Dick Powell "Young and Healthy". Ruby Keeler sings Shuffle off to Buffalo, and she sings and taps to 42nd Street. Great Dancers, Beautiful Platinum Blondes, and Great Million Dollar Legs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great musical I saw decades ago
Another great musical I saw decades ago. Another must have item for people who love the great old musicals too.
Published 17 days ago by Deborah Kitzul
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the beautiful musical numbers. Dancing was a joy.
Published 28 days ago by Pamela G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Depression-Era Musical
Classic Depression-era musical, with the great Busby Berkley taking charge of choreography. Shot in black and white, it captures the zeitgeist of the hard times, but infuses it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Vanesian
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Jeannie L. Artimisi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just what it should be, with additional notes and add-ons of interest.
Published 1 month ago by International Traveler
1.0 out of 5 stars bad disk
This disk was formatted for foreign players and wouldn't play on any of my players. The purveyor finally responded to my e-mails and refunded my money. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jan Weeks
5.0 out of 5 stars Just love the old movies.
The old movies are just so enjoyable. I love to watch the dancers, techniques and steps have changed so much, as with everything. Truly a gem. Thanks as always.
Published 6 months ago by thesterlingmutt
1.0 out of 5 stars A Tepid, Dull Film
This is a tepid, dull film that doesn't have anything very important found within it. The actors are extremely unbelievable in the shoddy one dimensional roles and what we learn is... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bartok Kinski
5.0 out of 5 stars 42nd St
Now, that's entertainment! Fabulous dancing, costumes, scenery! So period!! So elegant!! Entertainment without vulgarity or violence. So nice to watch from my own sofa.
Published 7 months ago by Bonita Jodz
5.0 out of 5 stars 42nd revisited
Our niece is doing this play in college and wanted to learn about it. Plus it was loads of fun seeing a black and white movie made 1933, the production numbers were spectacular.
Published 7 months ago by Samuel J. Cody II
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