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1933 musical '42nd Street' a toe-tapping delight

 1933 musical '42nd Street' a toe-tapping delight
Bebe Daniels in the arms of George Brent as Ruby Keeler and Warner Baxter watch in "42nd Street," 1933. (Archive Photos / Getty Images)

Musicals were box office poison in the early 1930s. But Hollywood was singing a different tune when Warner Bros. released "42nd Street" in 1933. Featuring the peppy tunes by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, Busby Berkeley's surreal, inventive musical numbers and a crackerjack cast that included Warner Baxter, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell and Bebe Daniels, "42nd Street" was a critical and commercial hit, even earning a best picture Oscar nomination. Warner Archive is releasing the toe-tapping delight on Blu-Ray on Tuesday with extras including three vintage featurettes and two early Warner Bros. cartoons, "Shuffle Off to Buffalo" and "Young and Healthy."

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