42nd Street is a 1933 musical film, set on the famous Manhattan street of that name, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. The script was written by Rian James and James Seymour, from the novel by Bradford Ropes. The film was directed by Lloyd Bacon with choreography by Busby Berkeley. The songs were written by Harry Warren with lyrics by Al Dubin.
The film is a fast-paced, backstage movie musical, one that changed the film musical forever and was so financially successful that it saved Warner Bros. Studios from bankruptcy. Many decades later, in 1980, it was made into a hit stage musical of the same name. The film has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. In 2006 this film ranked #13 on the American Film Institute's list of best musicals.
Directed by Lloyd Bacon
Produced by Darryl Zanuck (uncredited)
Written by Bradford Ropes (novel), Rian James and James Seymour
Starring Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent, Ruby Keeler, Ginger Rogers and Dick Powell.
Music by Harry Warren (songs)