#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Chester Kent produces musical comedies on the stage. With the beginning of the talkies era he changes to producing short musical prologues for movies. This is stressful to him, because he always needs new units and his rival is stealing his ideas. He can get an contract with a producer if he is able to stage in three days three new prologues. In spite of great problems, he does it.
Plot: A fledgling producer finds himself at odds with his workers, financiers and his greedy ex-wife when he tries to produce live musicals for movie-going audiences.
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Even “By A Waterfall” can’t compensate for a sappy script and absurd musical numbers…
I can’t join in all the praise for FOOTLIGHT PARADE. Others call its dialog “snappy”; get all choked up over the tinny sounds of Ruby Keeler’s and Dick Powell’s singing; and think Busby Berkeley outdid himself in improvising the kind of dance routines he’s famous for.
Sorry–but I do agree that given the fact that this film was made when talking pictures were only six years old, it does demonstrate the great strides that were made since the advent of sound. As for the rest, there is no originality whatsoever in the proceedings.
Nor are there any great strides revealed by the hackneyed script, the tiresome comedy of Frank McHugh, the mascara-heavy eyes of Joan Blondell batting her baby blues at her boss (James Cagney), or the preposterous musical numbers that are supposedly being performed on a stage before a live audience, but performed for the camera with all of the cinema tricks then at the disposal of Busby Berkeley’s fertile imagination.
Apparently, this was the start of Hollywood’s fantasy idea of showing stage shows that couldn’t possibly work in a real theater.
On the plus side, Cagney is likable and versatile as the hoofer putting on a show and does the liveliest job in the film. Not much can be said for the others–all routine and less than impressive.
In particular, Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell appear to no advantage as the singing leads, neither of them projecting voices that would make it into any kind of legit musical and Miss Keeler is completely at sea when it comes to delivering lines with any flair or credibility. The early recording techniques may have been partially to blame for how disastrous their singing is.
Only die-hard fans of early musicals can find nostalgic fun in this one. It only picks up speed for the final musical numbers and then sinks under the weight of their elephantine production values. The absurdness of it all is too painful for further comment.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 44 min (104 min)
Genre Comedy, Musical, Romance
Director Lloyd Bacon
Writer Manuel Seff, James Seymour, Robert Lord
Actors James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler
Country United States
Awards 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Vitaphone), Mono (Digital)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm