• Certification: Film rated as: CFF-PG
  • Country: USA
  • Release year: 1933
  • Language: English
  • Run time: 89 minutes
  • Genre: Musical, Classic



Part of

89 minutes


DIRECTOR: Lloyd Bacon

WITH: Warner Baxter, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell

‘You’re going out a youngster, but you’ve got to come back a star!’ Set in Depression-era New York, 42nd Street is the quintessential backstage musical, starring Warner Baxter as a tyrannical stage director drilling his company to exhaustion. This hard-boiled, fast-paced drama takes account of harsh realities, but also transcends them through snappy dialogue, infectious tap rhythms and mindblowing musical numbers lavishly choreographed by Busby Berkeley. With great ensemble playing from a stellar cast, including Ginger Rogers as wisecracking chorus girl ‘Anytime Annie’.

Image courtesy of Park Circus/Warner Bros.

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

The Cambridge Film Festival is presented by the Cambridge Film Trust, a registered charity with a mission to foster film culture and education for the benefit of the public, in Cambridge and the Eastern region but also throughout the UK.