42nd Street
42nd Street (1933)

Julian Marsh, a successful Broadway director, produces a new show, in spite of his poor health. The money comes from a rich older man, who is in love with the star of the show, Dorothy Brock. But Dorothy doesn't respond to his love,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 9, 1933
DVD Release Date: March 21, 2006
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This 1933 film is the best known of the Warner Brothers Depression-era musicals, though it doesn't compare in dash and extravagance to later entries in the cycle.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Film benefits from great musical numbers and its portrait of the show's director, one of the few well-developed gay characters in a 1930's Hollywood film.

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Christopher Null

Of Golden Age musicals, 42nd Street is about as close to the archetype as they come.

Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

The liveliest and one of the most tuneful screen musical comedies that has come out of Hollywood.

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Fernando F. Croce

The careful building of the eye-level proscenium that's exploded by swooping cinematic music

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...the film that practically invented every backstage musical cliché we know today...remains a remarkable achievement for a film over seven decades old.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Berkeley choreographs chorines and camera with mischievous dexterity.

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Chris Laverty
Clothes on Film

A deliciously funny musical; racy and light years ahead of its time.

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Emanuel Levy

42nd Street may not be the best backstage musical ever made, but it's certainly the most enjoyable and durable in appeal--find out why.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
With jokes that are dated for today's standards and a silly, unconvincing plot that basically invented the backstage clichés, this musical is worth it only… More
Ken Stachnik
A lot of fun with an amazing sequence at the end by Mr. Busby Berkeley. This is to legs as Death Proof is to feet.
Devon Bott
Released the same year as "Gold Diggers of 1933", "42nd Street" also features many of the same cast (Ginger Rogers, Dick Powell, Ruby… More
Aj V
This movie is just the same as all the other "let's put on a musical" musical movies of the 30s, so I found it predictable, but there are some… More
Spencer S.
Spicey for the Depression era 30's, this gorgeously made musical is like none other ever performed. Use of forward thinking cinematography, an uncensored… More
Jeremy Smith
"Sawyer, you're going out a youngster, but you've got to come back a star!"