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Year
1933
Runtime
104 min.
Director
Lloyd Bacon
Genres
Romance, Comedy, Musical
Rating *
7.7
Votes *
3,803
Checks
1,425
Favs
99
Dislikes
8
Favs/checks
6.9% (1:14)
Favs/dislikes
12:1
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  1. meerkate's avatar

    meerkate

    In my opinion, much better than 42nd Street. 7 years 3 months ago
  2. brokenface's avatar

    brokenface

    The first hour or so of this is pretty forgettable - it's all about the 3 finale setpieces, which are just spectacular. CGI could never create anything as awesome as Busby Berkeley! 9 years 2 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    If 1933's Footlight Parade is a musical, it really makes you wait for it, only dribbling out a short number somewhere in the middle and showing some rehearsal shenanigans for the length of two acts. But as a fast-talking comedy about James Cagney going mad trying to put on a dozen shows simultaneously so theater can stay afloat in the wake of talky moving pictures' popularity (and cost efficiency), with a couple of romantic subplots thrown in, it's pretty fun. The main cast - Cagney, Blondell, Keeler and Powell - are well supported by amusing eccentrics like the easily-convinced boss, and the movie's MVP, the miserable, pessimistic dance choreographer. It coasts on its frenetic energy and then the third act hits. Three, back-to-back, and totally impossible musical numbers choreographed by Busby Berkeley, one of which must surely be the best water-based musical number of all time. I can't even. And for pre-Code enthusiasts (of whose number I count myself) will be keen on the sheer amount of innuendo throughout (including in the musical numbers, though the word innuendo is perhaps too soft for it). 1 year ago
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