The Busby Berkeley Collection, 3: Footlight Parade, 1933



Directed by Lloyd Bacon, USA 1933

Chester Kent (Cagney) is a Broadway stage director, desperate for work now that talking pictures have affected his trade. He gets the idea of producing live prologues to tour around the country's movie theatres, but his love life, casting and a competitor stealing his ideas all cause him problems. What would be a typical Warner Brothers musical is enlivened by Cagney. A whirling dervish bound for ulcers, his suggestion that someone who has wound him up should jump out of a window is priceless. The Busby Berkeley choreographed dance sequences are quite breathtaking.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE


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Theatrical Release: September 30th, 1933
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DVD Review: Warner - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC


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Also part of The Busby Berkeley Collection with Footlight Parade / Gold Diggers of 1933 / Dames / Gold Diggers of 1935 and 42nd Street.

Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
Runtime 1:43:16
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.55 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English, Spanish French, None
Release Information: Studio: Warner Home Video
Aspect Ratio: Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
Edition Details:
• New Featurette Footlight Parade: Music for the Decades
2 Vintage Featurettes:
• Rambling 'Round Radio Row #8
• Vaudeville Reel #1
2 Vintage Cartoons:
• Honeymoon Hotel
• Young and Healthy
• Theatrical Trailer

DVD Release Date: March 21st, 2006
Collection is 5 Keep Cases inside a cardboard box
Chapters: 23

Firstly, this film is among the best of the 1930's musicals in this collection. Snappy dialogue delivered with panache by the likes of Jimmy Cagney, the sexy Joan Blondell, Dick Powell, and Ruby Keeler help again establish Berkeley's dominance in this limited genre era. This is a very enjoyable film.
The image quality is at Warner's excellent remastered status - great contrast, good detail, well-appointed optional subtitles and a host of extras that, for the most part, are relevant to the film. Now there are some speckles occasionally but overall Warner have done some good work here - no scrimping.
Gary W. Tooze

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Subtitle Sample


Rubby Keeler, Dick Powell, Frank Mc Hugh,

Screen Captures


James Cagney, Joan Blondell


(¿ Jean Rogers ?)



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Footlight Parade
(Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

1933: American entertainer Ruby Keeler (1910 - 1993) dressed as a cat for the Hollywood musical 'Footlight Parade', directed by Lloyd Bacon for Warner Brothers. ... assetid=3298941

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Ruby Keeler as "Shanghai Lil" with James Cagney at left. ... ightparade.html


Below is an animation the production number "By A Waterfall" from this film. To view, click on the image.

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Links Videos:
Cat Women: (02:48)
Ruby Keeler & Dick Powell - Honeymoon Hotel (08:25):
James Cagney, Shangai Lil' (09:26):
Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Busby Berkeley By a Waterfall (10:10):
Frank Mc Hugh, Dick Powell, Busby Berkeley Footlight Parade "Ah The Moon Is Here" (02:49):
Footlight Parade (1933) Trailer: (03:17)
Busby Berkeley Behind The Scenes Footlight Parade (10:24):