Rian James, James Seymour, Rocco Fumento, Bradford Ropes, Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, 1980 - Drama - 196 pages
This screenplay of "42nd Street," along with Rocco Fumento's thorough and engrossing introduction, takes the reader behind the scenes to see how the Warners studio took a dismal novel and, working within severe financial constraints brought on by the Great Depression, turned out a smash musical hit. "42nd Street "is a watershed film, one that resuscitated the Hollywood musical during troubled times. Yet 42nd Street wasn't merely a Depression tonic, its multiple plot line was half-comic, half-serious. It was a fast-paced, energetic, and the first musical not to shrink away from the fact that a Depression was going on. The film is an odd, and oddly successful, fusion of the real with the fantastic.
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