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Event: 'Forty-Second Street' Print
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Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 5:15 pm
Duration: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Forty-Second Street. (1933) Prototypical backstage musical in which a member of the chorus (Ruby Keeler) wins stardom when the frantic director (Warner Baxter) has her take over for the disabled leading lady (Bebe Daniels) on opening night. Directed by Lloyd Bacon, the Depression-era setting, slangy dialogue, and zesty cast (Ginger Rogers, Una Merkel, and Dick Powell, among them) are still fun, abetted by Al Dubin and Harry Warren’s brassy music and topped off by Busby Berkeley’s inventive production numbers for the title song, “I’m Young and Healthy” and “Shuffle Off to Buffalo.” Some romantic complications and mild sexual innuendo. (A-II — adults and adolescents) TCM (cable)



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