42nd Street Reviews

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September 22, 2020
It's the cast, the banter and the backstage at-a-musical-revue-in-rehearsal milieu that keep this picture fresh.
April 14, 2020
Modern musicals start here, and Busby Berkeley's genius bursts into full flower.
June 5, 2019
Oddly enough, in 42nd Street, Warner Baxter is a rather convincing stage director, Bebe Daniels has a surprisingly good voice and a fair sense of comedy, and the dancing and song routines are introduced with some imagination.
November 30, 2015
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.
September 2, 2012
The careful building of the eye-level proscenium that's exploded by swooping cinematic music
June 17, 2009
A deliciously funny musical; racy and light years ahead of its time.
October 16, 2007
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.
August 8, 2006
The liveliest and one of the most tuneful screen musical comedies that has come out of Hollywood.
April 8, 2006
Of Golden Age musicals, 42nd Street is about as close to the archetype as they come.
March 22, 2006
...the film that practically invented every backstage musical clich we know today...remains a remarkable achievement for a film over seven decades old.
January 26, 2006
Berkeley choreographs chorines and camera with mischievous dexterity.
August 26, 2005
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.
February 24, 2005
February 15, 2004
The strength of a musical is its songs, and this film had a mixed bag.
January 11, 2004
One can't say enough good things about what Busby Berkeley did for the musical.
August 22, 2003
April 21, 2003
The result is an absolute spectacular. Not to be missed.
April 11, 2003
Busby Berkeley's astonishing choreography is singularly cinematic and still astonishing.
March 10, 2003
[Features] great Busby Berkeley production numbers.
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