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42nd Street

  NR Closed Captioning

Lloyd Bacon

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About the Movie

When the leading lady of a Broadway musical breaks her ankle, she is replaced by a young unknown actress, who becomes the star of the show.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 22
  • Fresh: 21
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The liveliest and one of the most tuneful screen musical comedies that has come out of Hollywood. – Mordaunt Hall, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Berkeley choreographs chorines and camera with mischievous dexterity. – Geoff Andrew, Time Out, Oct 16, 2007

Fresh: The result is an absolute spectacular. Not to be missed. – Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine, Dec 1, 2008

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Customer Reviews


This movie is a gem. Expertly done as only black and white can do. This movie was what the 1980 hit Broadway musical, 42nd Street, was based off of. There's a richness to the film that makes you wonder what it would have been in color. A classic for everyone.

Busby Berkeley at His Best

Girl crazy master choreographer and 200 dancers! Fluffy plot! What more do you need?

Surrealistic Masterpiece

Sure it's got classic songs and story line, but the dance numbers are creative, dynamic and some of the best "dream" sequences in film history. Beats any modern digital movie fantasy world with real humans in it.