1933. USA. Lloyd Bacon. 104 min.
Introduced by Matthew Kennedy
Friday, December 21, 2007, 6:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1933. USA. Directed by Lloyd Bacon. Cinematography by George Barnes. Musical numbers created and directed by Busby Berkeley. With James Cagney, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Frank McHugh. In some ways the ultimate Warner Bros. musical, as Matthew Kennedy says, "Footlight Parade had it all." Blondell is endearingly comical, and Cagney dances spectacularly away from and beyond his Public Enemy persona. Berkeley's numbers were described as "the most extravagant, eye-paralyzing chorus scen...that ever graced a movie screen." Blondell found the musical to be hard work, accentuated perhaps by the fact she was married to cinematographer Barnes—and was shortly to marry Dick Powell. 104 min.
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