Footlight Parade

This movie truly is a classic from 1933. It stars James Cagney, not as a tough guy, but as a song and dance man, 7 years before Yankee Doodle Dandy. Ruby Keeler, Joan Blondell, and William Powell complete the cast, but the real star is Busby Berkeley, the choreographer. His 'stage' productions, supposedly performed on a theater type stage, whould be completely impossible on any stage in the world. This picture has three such numbers toward the last of the picture, and one of them includes a waterfall and a full sized pool filled with swimming dancers. This picture is well acted, quick paced and fun, and the production numbers at the end are a sensation. I saw this on Turner Classic Movies, and it should be repeated. Catch it for some great dance fun. True, the songs are very dated, but tap dancing never goes out of style.

 

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