Wed 29 January 2:30pm
Dir: Lloyd Bacon
Starring: Warner Baxter, Ruby Keeler, Bebe Daniels
42nd Street is screening as part of our A Year of Musicals initiative. We are delighted to be in partnership with the BFI Film Audience Network to highlight the very best in iconic, worldwide musicals from the 1930s – 2010s! Renowned Broadway producer/director Julian Marsh (Warner Baxter) is hired to put together a new musical revue. It’s being financed by Abner Dillon (Guy Kibbee) to provide a starring vehicle for his girlfriend, songstress Dorothy Brock (Bebe Daniels). 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 (Ruby Keeler), gets her big chance to be the star. She also finds romance along the way.
Screening as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO. bfimusicals.co.uk