Film screening: 42nd Street

Electric Cinema
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Sunday 5th February 2017 (15:00)
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Professor Russell Jackson

A special screening of 42nd Street (USA 1933, 88mins) will be preceded by an introduction from B-Film academic Professor Jackson.

If you liked La La Land... Here it is... all the glitz and glamour of that naughty, gaudy, bawdy, 42nd Street, one of the original backstage musicals. Ruby Keeler made her movie debut as stage struck ingenue Peggy Sawyer who gets her big break when the star of the show twists her ankle on the eve of the out-of-town opening night. 42nd Street is the classic, fast-paced, backstage movie musical - a film that changed the movie musical forever and saved Warner Bros., helping it grow into a major studio. Set during the Depression, this film is considered the backstage musical par excellence, the grand-daddy of them all that mixes veteran stars such as George Brent with virtual newcomers like Ginger Rogers.

Venue: The Electric Cinema, Birmingham