For this Movie Musical Challenge I’m using the AFI’s 25 Best Musicals List to try and work my way through. The challenge is throughout the year and once watched I’ll put my thoughts up on the blog.
So the second movie for the challenge is the one and only 42nd Street (1933), starring Warner Baxter, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell and Ginger Rogers.
This is a brilliant movie, but I’m not sure that this can really be classed as a musical, if I am being totally honest. Yes there is songs and yes there is singing. But the songs all seem to come at the end with a couple thrown in the middle for good measure. 7
In fact there is only five songs in the entire production. So out of all of them my favourite has to be ‘You’re Getting To Be A Habit With Me’. But all five songs in the production are lively and fun to watch.
42nd Street is skillfully directed and is a fast-paced musical, and while it plays to some clichés , its light hearted manner means that this film will leave you with a smile on your face and show what a musical from the ‘Golden Age’ is all about.
This is a brilliant, entertaining film, that was a joy to watch. And one despite being a black and white film, is one that remains a classic. And one that is a joy to watch, whether for the first time or if this a repeat performance.