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Tookey's Rating
10 /10
Average Rating
8.88 /10
Warner Baxter , Ruby Keeler , Bebe Daniels
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Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Written by: James Seymour, Rian James from Bradford Ropes's novel

Released: 1933
Origin: US
Length: 89


Understudy (Ruby Keeler, pictured third from left) goes on Broadway stage and saves the day.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Arguably the greatest, and certainly the archetype, of all backstage Musicals. Two charming production numbers early on (Young and Healthy and You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me) prevent the story becoming bogged down in talk. Worth waiting for are two of Harry Warren and Al Dubin's best songs: Shuffle Off To Buffalo and the title number, both given the full treatment by choreographer Busby Berkeley. Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler are the romantic interest; but Warner Baxter has most of the classic lines, and is surprisingly moving as the Broadway producer ruthlessly determined to put on a show.

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