42nd Street

Synopsis: Renowned Broadway producer/director Julian Marsh is hired to put together a new musical revue. It's being financed by Abner Dillon to provide a starring vehicle for his girlfriend, songstress Dorothy Brock. Marsh, who is quite ill, is a difficult task master working long hours and continually pushing the cast to do better. When Brock breaks her ankle one of the chorus girls, Peggy Sawyer, gets her big chance to be the star. She also finds romance along the way.
Director(s): Lloyd Bacon
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min

Say, Jones and Barry are doing a show.

That's great!

Jones and Barry are doing a show.

Jones and Barry are doing a show.

Jones and Barry are doing a show.

Testing, testing.

Jones and Barry are doing a show.

You're telling me?

Of course, I'm not a lawyer.

I'm in the Kiddie Kar business.

I don't know much about contracts...

...but it looks good to me.

It's the biggest contract I ever signed.

Thanks to you, Mr. Dillon.

You could have your choice

of a dozen shows.

A pretty girl like you.

Not with this depression.

If not for you and your Kiddie Kars...

Oh, now, Miss Brock...

Dorothy, I mean.

You don't mind

my calling you Dorothy, do you?

Why, of course not.

Well, Dorothy, I'd like

to do something for you.

You've done entirely

too much for me already...

... and I can't tell you

how much I appreciate it.

No, no. I mean...

I mean, I'd like

to do something for you...

...if you'd do something for me.

Why, Mr. Dillon, of course

I'd be very glad to...

...but what could I possibly do

for a big man like you?

Call me Abner.

When we got Dorothy Brock,

we got a great break.

Abner Dillon guarantees

to finance anything she does.

These days, stars like Dorothy Brock

are a dime a dozen.

That's what we got you for.

Julian Marsh, the greatest musical

comedy director in America today.

What do you mean, today?

All right, tomorrow too.

Say, with your reputation...

Did you ever try to cash

a reputation at a bank?

I'm in this for one reason only:


Money? You?

With all your hits,

you ought to be worth plenty.

I ought to be, but I'm not.

Did you ever hear of Wall Street?

Excuse me, Mr. Marsh, there's

a phone call for you. A Dr. Chadwick.

- I'll call him back.

- He says it's urgent.

About your examination.

Use our private phone, Julian.

What is it, doc?

You have?

Good Lord, you're not a machine!

That body of yours

will stand just so much.

There's no other way.

You're not just headed

for another nervous breakdown.

Any undue strain on your part

might easily prove fatal.

Sorry, doc, but I've got to risk it.

Anything wrong?

- You won't have another breakdown?

- The contract's signed.

- That doesn't matter.

- That's all right. It holds.

You'll get your Pretty Lady.

You haven't got anything

to worry about.

I'm not gonna let you down...

...because I can't afford to.

I've given everything I've had

to that gulch down there.

It paid me, sure,

in money I couldn't hang on to...

...fair-weather friends,

women, headlines.

Why, even the cops and the newsboys

recognize me on sight.

"Marsh the Magnificent."

"Marsh the Slave Driver."

Actors tell you how Marsh

drove them, bullied them...

... and tore it out of them.

A few would tell you

how Marsh made them.

They've all got something to show,

except Marsh.

Well, this is my last shot.

I'll make more actors, but this time

I'll sock my money away so hard...

...they'll have to blast

to find enough to buy a newspaper.

That's why I'm going ahead

with Pretty Lady.

Pretty Lady has to be a hit.

It's my last show,

and it's got to be my best.

You're counting on me.

I'm counting on Pretty Lady...

...because it's got to support me

for a long time.

- Wait!

- Remember...

...my contract makes me boss with

a capital B. What I say, goes.

Now, make the chorus call

for 10:
00 tomorrow.

He'll drive us crazy

before we get this show on.

Yeah, but suppose that guy

should pass out on us?

New York will see its first triple funeral.

Good morning.

Mr. Marsh will be here soon.

Quiet now. Quiet, please!

Quiet, everybody, quiet!

Hello, Jerry. How are you?

It's too good to be true.

How's the turnout, Mac?

About 50-50. Half are dumb

and the other half are dumber.


He's so busy.

- Lorraine has been hitting the bottle.

- The peroxide bottle.

You wanna get me canned?

You're set, you're in. Now scram.

Darling, you're just too sweet,

the way you keep spoiling me.

I beg your pardon.

It's okay. This is a two-way street.

I beg your pardon.

But are you, by any chance, the...

What is the word?

The stage manager?

Hey, Ann, come out from

under that accent. I see you.



You remember Ann Lowell?

Not Anytime Annie?

Who could forget her?

She only said no once,

when she didn't hear the question.

You been abroad?


Where's Andy Lee?

Yes, Mr. Marsh. Coming right up.

Good morning, Mr. Marsh.

- Line them up.

- Yes, sir.

Okay, girls, line up. Come on.

Quiet, now. Quiet!

Come on, now. Quiet, girls.

I want all the dancers to line up

and double-lined out front.

Showgirls can double-line in back

of them and the boys in back of them.

Don't spread out!

Come on, girls, hurry up.

I really had a charming summer

in Deauville, dear.

Yes, but don't you find Sir George

impossible at times?

Get a load of "Minnie the Mountaineer."

It must have been tough on your

mother, not having any children.

That's telling them.

Oh, dear.

You looking for somebody,

or just shopping around?

Where will I find

the gentleman in charge?

First door to your left, dearie.

I know, but...

- Don't knock. He's expecting you.

- But that's the...

Our mistake. The other door.

Hey, wait a minute.

Hey, what's the idea?

They said...

Weren't you expecting me?

Well, not exactly,

but I'm afraid you'll do.

Well, I don't understand.

I don't either. What are you looking for?

Well, isn't this the...?

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Rian James

Rian James (né Julian Herbert Rothschild; October 3, 1899 – April 26, 1953) was an American screenwriter and author. He wrote for 39 films between 1932 and 1947. more…

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