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Rated NR · 96 minutes · 1933

Musical, Musical comedy
The great Depression musical, produced by Warner Brothers as a follow-up to Forty-Second Street. If Forty-Second Street was an agreeable sketch, this one is the Sistine Chapel, an insanely overproduced extravaganza that gave Busby Berkeley his first chance to really cut loose. A zillion chorus girls playing electric violins decorate "The Shadow Waltz"; "Pettin' in the Park" is an unbridled voyeuristic fantasy that rivals Michael Powell's Peeping Tom in perversity. Ginger Rogers sings "We're in the Money" in pig latin, and—to give the enterprise a noble touch—the plight of the unemployed veteran is explored in "Remember the Forgotten Man." With Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Joan Blondell, Warren William, Aline MacMahon, Sterling Holloway, Guy Kibbee, and Ned Sparks; Mervyn LeRoy directed the dialogue passages.
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Writer: Erwin Gelsey and James Seymour
Producer: Robert Lord, Jack L. Warner and Raymond Griffith
Cast: Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Aline MacMahon, Guy Kibbee, Warren William, Ned Sparks, Ginger Rogers, Sterling Holloway, Ferdinand Gottschalk, Robert Agnew, Billy Barty, Fred "Snowflake" Toones, Theresa Harris and Charles Lane

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