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Here it is… all the glitz and glamour of that naughty, gaudy, bawdy, 42nd Street, one of the original backstage musicals. Ruby Keeler made her movie debut as stage struck ingénue Peggy Sawyer who gets her big break when the star of the show twists her ankle on the eve of the out-of-town opening night.
42nd Street is the classic, fast-paced, backstage movie musical - a film that changed the movie musical forever and saved Warner Bros. studios from bankruptcy, helping it grow into a major studio. Set during the Depression, this film is considered the backstage musical par excellence, the grand-daddy of them all that mixes veteran stars such as George Brent with virtual newcomers like Ginger Rogers.