Tonight’s DVD is the classic musical 42nd Street. Made in 1933 it offers a fun look at Hollywood’s concept of putting on a Broadway musical. It has a large cast that includes Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent, Una Merkel, and Ginger Rogers, plus tons of dancers performing Busby Berkeley’s fantastic choreography. The music is still good, the story interesting, and it also has the classic moment of the Broadway producer (Warner Baxter) telling understudy Ruby Keeler ” you’re going out there a youngster, but you’ve got to come back a star.”
Often copied, 42nd Street was the original that set the tone of what a backstage musical should be. Plus who can hate the grand finale, the dynamic title number of the dancers depicting “naughty, bawdy, gawdy, sporty forty-second street”?