(aka 'Forty-Second Street ')

Directed by Lloyd Bacon
USA 1933

 

  Set during the depression, this is the granddaddy of backstage musicals in which the understudy finally gets a chance to shine. It may seem a little cliché now, but in 1933 this was hot stuff. All that behind-the-scenes atmosphere feels very genuine, and the script is more acerbic than you might expect.
A sickly Julian Marsh (Warner Baxter) puts his all into what may be his last show, only to face a disaster when leading lady Dorothy Brock (Bebe Daniels) sprains her ankle. Thank heavens for ingenue Peggy Sawyer (Ruby Keeler), who steps in at the last minute. The vivacious soundtrack includes "Shuffle off to Buffalo," and the still-catchy title tune. Best of all are those extravagant, kaleidoscopic dance numbers by Busby Berkeley, then in his prime.

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Theatrical Release: February 2nd, 1933

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DVD Review: Warner - Region 1 - NTSC

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Also part of The Busby Berkeley Collection with Footlight Parade / Gold Diggers of 1933 / Dames / Gold Diggers of 1935 and 42nd Street.

            

Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:29:09 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.65 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, French, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Vintage Featurette Harry Warren: America's Foremost Composer
• Vintage Featurette Hollywood Newsreel
• Vintage Featurette A Trip Through a Hollywood Studio
• Notes on Busby Berkeley

DVD Release Date: March 21st, 2006

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Chapters: 28

 

 

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Looks very strong! I never owned the previous snapper-case version so I can't determine if it has been an improvement - and quite possibly it is repackaged with the same duplicated extras (unlike the others in the boxset it is only region 1 - as opposed to compatible with 2,3,4). It has the typical grain, great contrast, a few speckles and good detail. More solid extras but I would have thought it might have warranted a commentary.

I highly doubt it will ever look better - the groundbreaking choreography made Busby Berkeley's name and it marks this film as a true spectacle - astounding that over 70 years later it is still so captivating with its faux-dramaturgy that is totally unapologetic. What a glorious hoot!  

NOTE: the old snapper-case version from Sept. 2000 is actually more expensive now than this newer release. We recommend buying the entire Berkeley Collection package - it is reviewed HERE.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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DVD Box Cover

   

Individual order:

Also part of The Busby Berkeley Collection with Footlight Parade / Gold Diggers of 1933 / Dames / Gold Diggers of 1935 and 42nd Street.

            

Distribution Warner Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC




 

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