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42nd Street U rating

The great backstage musical features Busby Berkeley’s thrilling and groundbreaking choreography.

Musical 1933 89 mins

Director: Lloyd Bacon



‘You’re going out a youngster, but you’ve got to come back a star!’ In this definitive backstage musical, Ruby Keeler is the chorus girl who gets her break when the leading lady breaks her ankle. It’s only in the film’s latter stages that it becomes a full-blown musical, but Busby Berkeley’s breathtaking choreographic vision changed the possibilities of the genre for ever.