Sawyer, you're going out a youngster, but you've got to come back a star!
A 1933 Warner Bros. musical with songs by Harry Warren and Al Dubin. It stars Dick Powell
as Billy Lawlor, and Ruby Keeler
as Peggy Sawyer, a young actress struggling to make it big on Broadway. Also features Warner Baxter as Julian Marsh, the show's stressed-out director. Ginger Rogers
appears in her Star-Making Role
as Annie, one of the chorus girls.
One of the earlier "show-within-a-show" movie musicals
, it still holds up very well by today's standards.
Features tons of bizarre Busby Berkeley
choreography, as well as a number of numbers that would literally be impossible to stage on...well, an actual stage. This set the precedent for Gold Diggers of 1933
, Footlight Parade
, and the other Warner musicals that immediately followed, made even more obvious by the fact that they all contained many of the same actors reprising similar roles.
Was adapted into a successful Broadway musical in 1980, with a revival in 2001.
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