89 Days of Oscar Nominees – #13 – 42nd Street (1933)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.

Here is my 13th review of the 89 chosen Films…


“It must have been hard on your mother, not having any children. ” – Ann Lowell

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Dec 2016)

Brief Synopsis – The backstage working of a musical play that all involved are desperate that is becomes a success.

My Take on it – I had heard about this film for so many years, but never had a chance to see what it was all about.

I have always been able to enjoy musicals and was looking forward to seeing what they had to offer is with this one.

The story itself feels quite simple by today’s standards, but I really enjoyed the way that they did the choreography and musical numbers here.

I was truly mesmerized watching the way that the characters moved around during the dance numbers.

I was shocked at how much innuendo was used in this film because when I think of movies from the 1930’s, I usually think more about how clean they seem and this one had zingers flying in every direction they could send them the whole way through.

It goes to show how much great dialogue can help a film.

The thing that resonated the most while watching this was the fact that not much seems to have changed behind the scenes in the entertainment industry in the 80 years since this film came out.

Bottom Line – Has some great choreography and songs, but the story feels quite simple.  Loved the way they used so much innuendo for a classic film.  Goes to show that is doesn’t seem as if much has changed behind the scenes in the 80 years since this came out. Great dialogue.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – One of the lines in the song “Shuffle off to Buffalo” is “when she knows as much as we know/she’ll be on her way to Reno/while he still has dough.” Contemporary audiences would have recognized this as a reference to the fairly common practice of moving to Reno, Nevada, for a short-term stay to obtain a divorce. At the time of the movie’s release (and for at least 25 years afterward), Nevada had some of the most lenient divorce laws in the country, especially compared to New York, where there were few accepted grounds for divorce and the standards of proof for those grounds were so high as to be almost impossible (for instance, evidence of adultery had to be in the form of eyewitness testimony or photographic records of the act); and even then, divorces took a year to be final. By contrast, Nevada granted a divorce for almost any reason after only a six-week-residency period. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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