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Julian Marsh, an sucessful Broadway director, produces a new show, inspite of his poor health. The money comes from a rich old man, who is in love with the star of the show, Dorothy Brock. But she doesn't reply his love, because she is still in love with her old partner. (imdb)

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Apr 13 dourface dourface
70 67%
Jan 09 cengaveri
75 61%
Dec 20, 2017 Systematicer
60 45%
Dec 08, 2017 CMWL
1 0%
Dec 06, 2017 vitruvian vitruvian
80 51%
Nov 29, 2017 Cocoa
50 26%
Nov 17, 2017 teaty666 teaty666
70 88%
Oct 29, 2017 Lilarcor Lilarcor
76 55%
Oct 13, 2017 DizzyLizzy DizzyLizzy
85 67%
Oct 12, 2017 Jonrock411
9 90%
Oct 12, 2017 thornsofsky
70 16%
Sep 09, 2017 Arberwaticus
86 43%
Sep 08, 2017 MPotter37
85 70%
Aug 18, 2017 EveAngel
90 95%
Aug 09, 2017 SlrSoapbox SlrSoapbox
60 22%
Some of the kaleidoscopic camera work is quite remarkable, but the plot is really flimsy and rather fucked up.
Jul 14, 2017 bones_r
70 55%
Jul 05, 2017 haljordan2 haljordan2
1 %
Jul 05, 2017 girlfriday girlfriday
85 46%
Jun 07, 2017 Maaxwell Maaxwell
70 56%
May 28, 2017 crtsjffrsn
70 72%
May 24, 2017 chineyman chineyman
65 52%
Apr 30, 2017 TheMarkle
80 81%
Apr 23, 2017 skeeter20
68 69%
Apr 13, 2017 kupfertj
71 49%
Apr 12, 2017 letterboxdvo letterboxdvo
36 66%
Mar 31, 2017 tommy_leazaq
55 48%
Mar 11, 2017 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
70 79%
Mar 02, 2017 TimeCapsule TimeCapsule
83 80%
A charming movie about the production of a musical that happens to have a small musical at the end. A movie about stage musicals and their production can become a little too meta or inside baseball for the uninitiated. However, the interesting cast of characters and simple but sweet plot was entertaining enough as a story before the dessert of the musical numbers. The star of the movie is the final numbers, but the rest of the films has a surprising amount of laughs and enough heart to be a win
Feb 10, 2017 jsa86_86
50 11%
Feb 08, 2017 DolphinSpurs
90 79%
Jan 14, 2017 cshadows2887
92 82%
Jan 13, 2017 mjbreuer
81 81%
Jan 08, 2017 Buff
50 67%
Jan 02, 2017 Tarris1
75 45%
Dec 27, 2016 Stera Stera
41 49%
Dec 22, 2016 Mr_Saturn Mr. Saturn
83 61%
Dec 15, 2016 joiken
60 20%
Nov 24, 2016 gregmnewman
80 55%
Nov 17, 2016 Ronin22
66 77%
Nov 07, 2016 asxyninja asxyninja
65 22%
Oct 27, 2016 jerrywarton
72 77%
Oct 21, 2016 imdbtv
77 77%
Oct 18, 2016 bybrt bybrt
80 80%
Oct 10, 2016 Malcym
7 71%
Aug 24, 2016 FilmStar**
95 75%
Aug 22, 2016 Cakebaker
78 34%
Jul 25, 2016 anaconda_406 anaconda-406
70 52%
Jul 09, 2016 porzano porzano
42 25%
Jul 04, 2016 Col_Needham
70 29%
Jul 04, 2016 MrWhiplash
100 88%
Jun 30, 2016 bal3x bal3x
60 36%
May 17, 2016 inmate inmate
76 45%
May 16, 2016 WBadger WBadger
39 38%
Apr 27, 2016 caffe
67 37%
The last 15 minutes are such an all time great musical delight that you kind of forget the first 75 are little more than a pleasant distraction that really isn't all that funny. However it's one of those pre-Code movies that plays so fast and loose with implicit and explicit sexuality that you really wonder what the next 30 years of American cinema would have looked like if not for Hays.
Apr 26, 2016 twijfel twijfel
60 36%
Apr 17, 2016 sahume2029 ()
72 67%
Apr 13, 2016 PetrosTser PetrosTser
70 61%
"42nd Street" is a very pleasant musical, a big part of which isn't about musical numbers but plot and character evolution. There are times that it isn't quite clear who the protagonist is, if there is one, and that works to the film's merit: the main roles all get their stories told in turns. From an acting perspective Warner Baxter shines as the sick, shouting but committed director. Lastly, Busby Berkeley's musical numbers during the finale are marvelous and will please all fans of the genre.
Mar 19, 2016 waffenschmid
55 4%
Feb 20, 2016 Henrik Henrik
60 36%
Feb 18, 2016 chair39
60 76%
Feb 01, 2016 DougieD
65 25%
Jan 24, 2016 Patryk
63 32%
Jan 14, 2016 groovymovie
40 12%
Dec 28, 2015 thundercat
80 66%
Dec 24, 2015 GarthLandow
85 78%
Dec 23, 2015 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
38 74%
Dec 18, 2015 jaguarshark
90 50%
Dec 14, 2015 robot2xl robot2xl
73 48%
Dec 13, 2015 sacmersault sacmersault
83 87%
Dec 11, 2015 future42
4 69%
Dec 08, 2015 Meowfresh Meowfresh
10 99%
Nov 29, 2015 CosmicMonkey CosmicMonkey
83 75%
The ending is grand and catchy and spectacular and campy beyond belief and I love it, it's so good in fact it mostly makes up for the mediocre film that precedes it. Pretty much the first great Hollywood Musical. -3 for a brief use of brownface.
Nov 29, 2015 RodopLu
67 54%
Nov 27, 2015 coroner
90 90%
Nov 22, 2015 bhoyo
70 22%
Nov 18, 2015 IndyFan12 IndyFan12
80 46%
Nov 11, 2015 maksler maksler
70 35%
Oct 04, 2015 leru
80 59%
Oct 04, 2015 genorae genorae
70 18%
Sep 28, 2015 frg frg
8 74%
Jul 19, 2015 WilliamOTyle
70 45%
Jul 15, 2015 thirdeye42
78 80%
Jun 25, 2015 BigEvil Nathan S
5 94%
Classic and quintessential. Cosmopolitan and escapist to be sure, but commendably brings the glamor and decadence of show business down to a human level. And then it bursts into rhythmic bliss. The final act is an astonishing feat of song and dance, cinematography and editing. Just an absolutely delightful film, with a few catchy tunes and a bit of pre-code sauciness.
May 29, 2015 JakeAesthete JakeAesthete
27 27%
Lots of Ruby Keeler being super cute at least, but otherwise pretty dull. Not even the Berkeley numbers felt all that inspired (relatively speaking), and i'm not sure how much this was even trying to be funny.
May 18, 2015 zetes
80 53%
May 18, 2015 dglink
90 83%
May 13, 2015 preppy-3
100 94%
May 10, 2015 jrmoviemania
70 59%
May 10, 2015 boothmillard
90 93%
May 03, 2015 schnofel schnofel
44 29%
May 02, 2015 supergloo supergloo
7 41%
Apr 29, 2015 ferguson
70 60%
Apr 28, 2015 imagemo
88 79%
Apr 24, 2015 si-sak
90 96%
Apr 24, 2015 OldAle1
80 61%
Apr 16, 2015 loosecanons loosecanons
3 25%
Apr 03, 2015 badjuice bad_juice
70 91%
Mar 02, 2015 10kfilms
80 76%
Feb 17, 2015 worleyjamers
70 61%
Feb 12, 2015 ArloJWiley
60 33%
Jan 17, 2015 Saintpumpkin
100 78%
Jan 15, 2015 metaller
70 26%
Jan 02, 2015 Mr_Mxyzptlk Mr. Mxyzptlk
100 %
Dec 25, 2014 zomgmouse
100 97%
Nov 07, 2014 themadelf66 themadelf66
68 31%
Nov 06, 2014 Xanadont Xanadont
5 80%
There may be better more profound works of art in the world of cinema, but few are as enjoyable as 42nd Street. There is too much eye candy in this film, Berkeley's kaleidoscopetic choreography and the creation small set transforming into of a life size replica of Manhattan'S 42nd Street along with some of Dubin & Warren's best songs. If you can't handle early musical 30's film acting (it's an acquired taste), watch at least the last act online to see the spectacle.
Sep 17, 2014 angela79at
70 71%
Sep 16, 2014 RavynLoony RavynLoony
100 99%
Sep 13, 2014 Kvist
70 65%
Sep 12, 2014 sirphibes sirphibes
88 90%
Aug 03, 2014 jackinthebox jackinthebox
90 93%
Jul 21, 2014 Molly Jones
85 66%
Jul 16, 2014 wetwillies wetwillies
80 36%
My first Busby Berkeley movie and for a while I was wondering, "What's the big deal?" then we got to last twenty minutes and I thought, "There's the big deal!" Some incredible stuff going on there, for sure.
Jul 02, 2014 Scarface Scarface
60 34%
Jun 29, 2014 Fuentissimo Fuentissimo
40 30%
Jun 03, 2014 cayh
70 46%
Jun 01, 2014 themagician
70 27%
May 26, 2014 Aira Aira
60 7%
May 22, 2014 kafka1325 kafka1325
60 52%
May 14, 2014 PatsLondon Pats_London
84 70%
Apr 05, 2014 SickForay SickForay
78 73%
Apr 03, 2014 Nathan Nathan
77 67%
Mar 03, 2014 teafflives teafflives
97 93%
Feb 23, 2014 Adobe Slats
76 75%
Feb 14, 2014 Mulholland Mulholland
70 53%
Feb 13, 2014 robixsmash
70 45%
Feb 10, 2014 naghi_1362
95 80%
Jan 11, 2014 Raf Raf
50 42%
Jan 10, 2014 MMAlpha MMAlpha
60 25%
Dec 01, 2013 funkybusnss funkybusnss
65 46%
Dec 01, 2013 joachimt joachimt
80 85%
Nov 27, 2013 HVM
70 48%
Nov 15, 2013 Adam_P_D Adam P-D
20 15%
Oct 29, 2013 PassTheSalt PassTheSalt
75 74%
Sep 18, 2013 jjackson80
64 65%
Sep 16, 2013 Limdebois Limdebois
90 92%
Sep 02, 2013 GrimsChild GrimsChild
55 66%
Aug 30, 2013 Marbor Marte Olsen
78 62%
Aug 28, 2013 mitchelly mitchelly
84 42%
Aug 16, 2013 monoglot
50 30%
Aug 16, 2013 remusclaw
75 24%
Aug 15, 2013 bluesman bluesman
85 80%
Aug 14, 2013 Barkinson
70 81%
Aug 10, 2013 Sheldrake Sheldrake
60 51%
Aug 07, 2013 zspyry zspyry
6 41%
Aug 05, 2013 willow
77 70%
Jul 29, 2013 huftis
60 16%
Jul 03, 2013 johnny6 johnny6
90 59%
Jun 27, 2013 mallamp
70 47%
Jun 25, 2013 maddriver52
85 76%
Jun 02, 2013 t-h-o-r
60 80%
Jun 01, 2013 donkeyjelly donkeyjelly
80 70%
May 20, 2013 cfk cfk
7 68%
May 08, 2013 ecalder ecalder
41 8%
May 05, 2013 betorocha betorocha
89 93%
Apr 24, 2013 Ibetolis1 Ibetolis1
84 9%
Apr 20, 2013 kritof
80 26%
Apr 16, 2013 pjdevitt
83 45%
Mar 18, 2013 Cronos
60 57%
Mar 14, 2013 rant1229 rant1229
81 96%
Mar 14, 2013 wokelstein wokelstein
29 5%
Feb 14, 2013 PUNQ
80 99%
Veteran stars such as Warner Baxter and Bebe Daniels give strong performances in the main roles as the story starts, but it's the young and fresh cast of Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler that ends up taking this one home, and starts off a successful succession of musicals for the two. This one had a impressive cast regardless as nearly everyone that had a part here was, is or became a star at one point or another. Ginger Rogers, Una Merkel, Guy Kibbee and George E. Stone was excellent in their parts.
Jan 31, 2013 finney28
50 29%
Jan 30, 2013 sergebarber sergebarber
3 77%
Jan 18, 2013 DinnyPregs
60 11%
Jan 05, 2013 ps.
100 61%
Jan 02, 2013 dzawski
67 22%
Dec 13, 2012 Sinemaestro Amadeus
80 93%
another backstage story. final show and Busby Berkeley's choreography are amazing.
Dec 08, 2012 Chr_Bach Chr. Bach
70 41%
Nov 19, 2012 OwenE73
74 83%
Oct 29, 2012 Ronin21
78 64%
Oct 28, 2012 Vmfs
7 46%
Oct 27, 2012 judsonlady
50 15%
Oct 18, 2012 gwynplaine gwynplaine
80 54%
Oct 12, 2012 fuzzleshnops fuzzleshnops
68 39%
The first half was pretty horrible.
Sep 03, 2012 roujin roujin
60 55%
ruby keeler reminds me of anna faris
Aug 26, 2012 1strong
64 58%
Aug 26, 2012 bob thrillin
92 89%
Aug 26, 2012 mannylage mannylage
94 68%
Aug 22, 2012 Timon88 Timon88
73 70%
Jul 29, 2012 Pickpocket Pickpocket
7 68%
Dat ending. Mostly enjoyable, kinda hokey at times though. The dance numbers are really fun to watch but the dialogue is often bad, yet the story is actually better than most musicals. Dick Powell was pretty awesome and nice supporting role for Ginger Rogers.
Jul 29, 2012 B_Side B-Side
70 39%
Jul 25, 2012 Timmer
76 70%
Jul 20, 2012 e-ball
68 46%
Jul 05, 2012 Syntheseizur Syntheseizur
82 70%
Jun 23, 2012 ZapperLife ZapperLife
73 84%
Jun 11, 2012 JM1138
74 71%
Jun 08, 2012 Mochard Mochard
44 9%
May 31, 2012 debaser1985
82 92%
May 29, 2012 Babb Carbo-Ken
70 41%
Singing n' dancing. Not my kind of party, but I enjoyed the backstage drama and a couple of the well choreographed acts.
May 09, 2012 dbentien
70 67%
Apr 21, 2012 nrm4
70 75%
Apr 09, 2012 lineuphere lineuphere
75 52%
Apr 09, 2012 bnilsen23
80 45%
Mar 20, 2012 bupp bupp
75 61%
Feb 10, 2012 gofishdino
64 28%
Feb 02, 2012 pzingg
83 35%
Jan 30, 2012 payens payens
86 79%
Jan 19, 2012 kistimo
77 53%
Jan 06, 2012 LRibeiro
69 30%
Dec 27, 2011 EbelC EbelC
60 48%
Dec 10, 2011 dcatcher dcatcher
60 46%
Nov 30, 2011 theyshoot11
75 49%
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Oct 31, 2011 Veterini Veterini
79 67%
Oct 07, 2011 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
66 79%
Oct 04, 2011 jocimarjr jocimarjr
90 67%
Sep 06, 2011 manymoons manymoons
74 44%
Aug 29, 2011 strangelime
95 91%
Aug 17, 2011 netsirhc
7 65%
Aug 05, 2011 synthono
70 19%
Aug 03, 2011 Warren Warren
93 97%
Jul 03, 2011 driscarpin driscarpin
89 86%
Jun 25, 2011 green_man Edson Abas
55 39%
May 09, 2011 oskarhu oskarhu
73 29%
Apr 12, 2011 FlixR8rRedux
70 38%
Apr 10, 2011 trailblazers
7 64%
Mar 31, 2011 NRM01
67 77%
Mar 24, 2011 undinum undinum
80 67%
Mar 15, 2011 stacia stacia
95 73%
Mar 09, 2011 FlixR8r FlixR8r
70 66%
Mar 01, 2011 mightysparks mightysparks
60 68%
Feb 24, 2011 keskin keskin
70 59%
Feb 14, 2011 edaz
94 88%
Feb 12, 2011 OfTheAllies OfTheAllies
60 34%
Feb 06, 2011 michiuff michiuff
4 19%
Jan 27, 2011 PerryStroika PerryStroika
65 63%
Dec 25, 2010 superkell89
90 64%
Dec 11, 2010 auhasarderik auhasarderik
6 39%
Dec 10, 2010 kastenm kastenm
68 47%
Nov 07, 2010 bentien
69 71%
Oct 20, 2010 SeanBerndorff SeanBerndorff
75 64%
Oct 19, 2010 screentime
78 80%
Oct 02, 2010 onetwothree
60 52%
Oct 01, 2010 mandy mandy
5 21%
Although this contains quite a few things of interest the Busby Berkely numbers, the appearance of Ginger Rogers, Shuffle off to Buffalo etc overall it seemed quite dated and not the best of its kind.
Sep 22, 2010 Al Chambers
80 26%
Sep 20, 2010 louiselyrio louiselyrio
78 45%
Sep 19, 2010 aaa
90 60%
Sep 17, 2010 tyoda
60 66%
Aug 30, 2010 jorge
70 55%
Aug 11, 2010 IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
77 78%
Jun 20, 2010 nminichino nminichino
70 67%
Jun 01, 2010 ILikeMovies
75 61%
May 13, 2010 irma_vep
100 58%
May 12, 2010 Outsyder
50 2%
Apr 08, 2010 comanchex
80 69%
Mar 17, 2010 NoSex NoSex
70 46%
Mar 11, 2010 darkman darkman
78 73%
Great show at the end.
Mar 11, 2010 KasperL KasperL
60 51%
Busby Berkely is a genius. His choreography is magnificent. Otherworldly, even. That said, this being considered the quintessential backstage-musical, it has disappointingly little song and dance. Most of the movie is below-average screwball/comedy routines. Watch the "I'm Young and Healthy" dance number on YouTube instead.
Mar 10, 2010 sdoles sdoles
8 68%
Mar 08, 2010 renovatio
60 61%
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