42nd Street

42nd Street

Director: Lloyd Bacon Cast: Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent
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BNMerch_Man More than 1 year ago
I suppose Lloyd Bacon directed 42nd Street, if that's what it says in the credits. But I suspect Busby Berkeley's fingerprints are all over this movie -- from the dance numbers he choreographed to the sophisticated camera direction to the brisk pacing. I worry sometimes about Hollywood's oldest classics becoming unwatchable to a generation that expects widescreen technicolor CGI with Dolby sound, a pounding, music video-inspired soundtrack, and absurdly photogenic stars. And it's more than possible that the under-30 crowd will never sit through 89 minutes of Ruby Keeler's gee-whiz acting and equestrian hoofing -- not to mention (ugh) that it's all in bo-ring black and white. But for all of its hokum (and I suspect the star-breaks-leg-and-novice-gets-chance plot was creaky even in 1933) 42nd Street is a witty, vibrant, wiseacre, superbly constructed musical that only those deeply incurious about America's past would refuse to enjoy. Better still, the DVD print is sharp, clean, and clear ... and in black and white it conveys the grit of Depression-era chroristers trying their damnedest to make it on Broadway -- and stay off the unemployment line.