42nd Street Reviews

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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.
January 26, 2006
Berkeley choreographs chorines and camera with mischievous dexterity.
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.
April 8, 2006
Of Golden Age musicals, 42nd Street is about as close to the archetype as they come.
March 22, 2006
42nd Street has wit, charm, humor, sarcasm, backbiting, sorrow, heartache, and inspiration mixed in with a fine cast, good songs, and inventive dance routines.
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.
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