Footlight Parade

Footlight Parade

DVD - 2006
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Cagney stars as Chester Kent, a diligent musical comedy director who is continually warding off snoopers hired by his competitors to steal his ideas. When his latest show is cancelled in favor of a talking picture, he turns to staging musical prologues to play before the features in moviehouses.


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Sep 05, 2017

The corny performances may hearken back to the silent era but the musical numbers are pure Hollywood gold with a delightful “Cats” routine filmed fifteen years before Andrew Lloyd Webber was even born, a racy rendition of “Honeymoon Hotel” with sliding walls and half-naked virgins, and the pièce de résistance, an amazing aquatic sequence with underwater cameras, synchronized swimmers smiling through all the chlorine, and a glitzy human fountain that goes beyond camp. Breathtakingly choreographed by the legendary Busby Berkeley and featuring a great deal of risqué, pre-code humour—not to mention glaring allusions to adultery, drugs, prostitution, and a whole lot of female flesh—this is a grand old fossil of a film from the beginning of Hollywood’s golden era.

7duffy Jun 30, 2015

Jimmy Cagney and Joan Blondell at their wise-cracking best. Taps upon all of Cagney's skills. Jimmy shows off some wicked dance moves and a decent voice, teaming with Ruby Keeler on the Shanghai Lil production.


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