42nd Street

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USA | 1933 | 89 minutes | Lloyd Bacon

August 3, 2019

Dressed to the Nines: Style in Cinema

Lloyd Bacon's (Marked Woman) pre-code masterpiece tells the tale of Peggy (Ruby Keeler), a young and ambitious hoofer who dreams of the dazzling lights of the Broadway stage. Discovered by seasoned and ailing producer Julian Marsh (Warner Baxter), Peggy is cast as a chorus girl in Marsh's latest show. When the star of the musical injures herself, Peggy gets her big chance at fame and boy does she ever swing for the fences. From rehearsal togs to eye-popping stage costumes, Orry-Kelly invents the wardrobe template for the backstage musical, while the phantasmagoric choreographic genius of Busby Berkeley puts both the costumes and the players through their paces in the most kaleidoscopic fashion imaginable.

Costume design is one of the essential elements of filmmaking. In the hands of a talented designer, wardrobe reveals character and informs story. The studio system at its height spawned a roster of legendary names known for their sartorial skill, from Adrian to Edith Head. SIFF's summer repertory series spans the decades, returning six landmark films to the big screen, making them available to view through the prism of extraordinary costume design. Come see a host of Hollywood stars dressed to the nines, Saturdays at one at the SIFF Cinema Uptown.

All films in the series will be hosted by Rosemarie and Vince Keenan, who under the pen name Renee Patrick, write the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award nominated mystery novels featuring costume designer Edith Head. They have introduced films on Turner Classic Movies and at the Noir City Film Festivals at both SIFF and in Los Angeles.

  • Director: Lloyd Bacon
  • Principal Cast: Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent, Ruby Keeler
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1933
  • Running Time: 89 minutes
  • Screenplay: Rian James, James Seymour
  • Cinematographers: Sol Polito
  • Language: English