Footlight Parade (1933) - Rotten Tomatoes

Footlight Parade (1933)




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In this film, James Cagney plays a Broadway musical comedy producer who is unceremoniously put out of business when talking pictures arrive. However, Jimmy hits upon a swell idea: he'll stage musical "prologues" for movie theatres, then ship them out to the various picture palaces in New York.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: James Seymour, Manuel Seff
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 21, 2006
Warner Bros.


James Cagney
as Chester Kent
Dick Powell
as Scotty Blair
Joan Blondell
as Nan Prescott
Ruby Keeler
as Bea Thorn
Guy Kibbee
as Silas Gould
Ruth Donnelly
as Harriet Bowers Gould
Claire Dodd
as Vivian Rich
Hugh Herbert
as Charlie Bowers
Frank McHugh
as Francis
Arthur Hohl
as Al Frazer
Gordon Westcott
as Harry Thompson
Renee Whitney
as Cynthia Kent
Philip Faversham
as Joe Farrington
Juliet Ware
as Miss Smythe
Herman Bing
as Fralick, the music ...
Paul Porcasi
as George Appolinaris
Billy Taft
as Specialty dancer
John Garfield
as Sailor Behind Table
Marjean Rogers
as Chorus girl
Pat Wing
as Chorus girl
Donna La Barr
as Chorus Girl
Marlo Dwyer
as Chorus girl
Donna Mae Roberts
as Chorus girl
George Chandler
as Drugstore attendant
Hobart Cavanaugh
as Title Thinker Upper
Lee Moran
as Mac, the Dance Dire...
Billy Barty
as Mouse in "Sittin' on...
Harry Seymour
as Joe/Desk Clerk
Fred Kelsey
as Hotel Detective
Roger Gray
as Sailor-Pal in "Shang...
Duke York
as Sailor on Table in "...
Dave O'Brien
as Chorus boy
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Critic Reviews for Footlight Parade

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's the third successful teaming of choreographer Busby Berkeley with stars Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler.

Full Review… | May 7, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

generates laughs at a criminal rate

Full Review… | December 8, 2005

Not the best of the Berkeley Warner musicals, but close.

July 21, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Footlight Parade

fun and funny musical with cagney and dick powell. mindblowing busby berkeley numbers in the second half. the last one includes an opium den. also i think joan blondell called claire dodd a bitch :O

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Everybody is full of boundless energy and the musical numbers are truly awesome.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Out of Busby Berkeley's early trifecta this is easily his weakest of his plots, but the most imaginative of the musical numbers. But give me the gritty, earthy tap dancing to ridiculous water-sprite synchronized swimming anyway. Doesn't James Cagney remind you of Orson Welles sometimes?

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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