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Footlight Parade is a 1933 American Pre-Code musical film starring James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell and featuring Frank McHugh, Guy Kibbee, Hugh Herbert and Ruth Donnelly. The movie was written by Manuel Seff and James Seymour from a story by Robert Lord and Peter Milne, and directed by Lloyd Bacon, with musical numbers created and directed by Busby Berkeley. The film’s songs were written by Harry Warren (music) and Al Dubin (lyrics) and Sammy Fain (music) and Irving Kahal (lyrics), and include “By a Waterfall”, “Honeymoon Hotel”, and “Shanghai Lil”.
Kent (James Cagney) rallies his troops for their tall order: create three lavish prologues in three days
In 1992, Footlight Parade was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
James Cagney and Joan Blondell
Chester Kent (James Cagney) replaces his failing career as a director of Broadway musicals with a new one as the creator of musical numbers called “prologues”, short live stage productions presented in movie theaters before the main feature is shown. He faces pressure from his business partners to constantly create a large number of marketable prologues to service theaters throughout the country, but his job is made harder by a rival who is stealing his ideas, probably with assistance from someone working inside his company. Kent is so overwhelmed with work that he doesn’t realize that his secretary, Nan (Joan Blondell), has fallen in love with him, and is doing her best to protect him as well his interests.
Kent’s business partners announce that they have a big deal pending with the Apolinaris theater circuit, but getting the contract depends on Kent impressing Mr. Apolinaris (Paul Porcasi) with three spectacular prologues, presented on the same night, one after another at three different theatres. Kent locks himself and his staff in the offices to prevent espionage leaks while they choreograph and rehearse the three production numbers. Kent then stages “Honeymoon Hotel”, “By a Waterfall”, featuring the famous ‘Human Waterfall’, and “Shanghai Lil”, featuring Cagney and Ruby Keeler dancing together.
James Cagney as Chester Kent, creator of musical prologues
Joan Blondell as Nan Prescott, his secretary
Ruby Keeler as Bea Thorn, dancer turned secretary turned dancer
Dick Powell as Scott “Scotty” Blair, juvenile lead who is Mrs. Gould “protegé”
Frank McHugh as Francis, dance director
Ruth Donnelly as Harriet Bowers Gould, the producer’s nepotistic wife
Guy Kibbee as Silas “Si” Gould, producer
Hugh Herbert as Charlie Bowers, Mrs. Gould’s brother, the censor
Claire Dodd as Vivian Rich, Nan’s friend, a gold digger
Gordon Westcott as Harry Thompson, Kent’s assistant
Arthur Hohl as Al Frazer, the other producer
Renee Whitney as Cynthia Kent, Kent’s ex-wife
Paul Porcasi as George Apolinaris, owner of a chain of movie theaters
Philip Faversham as Joe Barrington, juvenile lead, another protege of Mrs. Gould
Herman Bing as Fralick, the music director
Billy Barty as Mouse and Little Boy
Hobart Cavanaugh as Title-Thinkerupper
Dorothy Lamour, Victoria Vinton, and Ann Sothern were among the many chorus girls in the film. It was Lamour’s film debut.
It is often written that John Garfield made his (uncredited) film debut in this film, but experts were divided if it was actually him in the very quick (5/6ths of a second) shot. According to the 2003 Turner Classic Movies documentary The John Garfield Story, it is not Garfield.
“Honeymoon Hotel” – by Harry Warren (music) and Al Dubin (lyrics)
“Shanghai Lil” – by Harry Warren (music) and Al Dubin (lyrics)
“By a Waterfall” – by Sammy Fain (music) and Irving Kahal (lyrics)
“My Shadow” – by Sammy Fain (music) and Irving Kahal (lyrics)
“Ah, the Moon Is Here” – by Sammy Fain (music) and Irving Kahal (lyrics)
“Sitting on a Backyard Fence” – by Sammy Fain (music) and Irving Kahal (lyrics)
The “By a Waterfall” production number featured 300 choreographed swimmers
Cagney, a former song-and-dance man, actively campaigned the executives at Warner Bros. for the lead in Footlight Parade, which became his first on-screen appearance as a dancer. Cagney had only fallen into his gangster persona when he and Edward Woods switched roles three days into the shooting of 1931’s The Public Enemy. That role catapulted Cagney into stardom and a series of gangster films, which throughout his career, Cagney found to be as much a straitjacket as a benefit.
Cagney’s character, Chester Kent, was modeled after Chester Hale, a well-known impresario at the time, and the offices he worked in were based on the Sunset Boulevard offices of the prologue production company “Fanchon and Marco” in Los Angeles.
Although early casting reports had Stanley Smith playing the juvenile lead eventually played by Dick Powell, the film became the third pairing of Powell and Ruby Keeler after 42nd Street (1933) and Gold Diggers of 1933, the first two Warner Bros. Busby Berkeley musicals. Remarkably, considering the success of those two films, Berkeley was not the original choice to choreograph – Larry Ceballos was signed to direct the dance numbers, and sued Berkeley and the studio for $100,000 for breach of contract when he was not allowed to do so. Ceballos also claimed to have created a number later used in the Warner Bros. film Wonder Bar, which was credited to Berkeley.
Dorothy Tennant was originally tapped to play Mrs. Gould instead of Ruth Donnelly. Other actors considered for various roles included Eugene Pallette, George Dobbs and Patricia Ellis.
Footlight Parade was shot at the Warner Bros. studio in Burbank, California, and cost an estimated $703,000 to make (or approximately $13 million in 2012 dollars). It premiered on September 30, 1933, and was released generally on October 21.
The film made a profit of $819,080.
Bea (Ruby Keeler) was not an immediate fan of Scotty (Dick Powell)
The film was made during the Pre-Code era, and its humor is sometimes quite risqué, with multiple references to prostitution and suggestions of profanity largely unseen in studio films until the 1960s, when the Production Code collapsed. For example, Dick Powell’s character is being “kept” by Mrs. Gould until he falls in love with another girl. Joan Blondell tells her roommate, who tries to steal Cagney away from her, that as long as there are sidewalks, the roommate will have a job. In the Shanghai Lil number, it is clear that Lil and all the other girls are prostitutes working the waterfront bars. One character in the film, played by actor Hugh Herbert acts as the censor for Kent’s productions, constantly telling Kent certain parts of his production numbers have to be changed. His character is portrayed as buffoonish and comical, saying disagreeable lines to Kent such as “You must put brassieres on those dolls…” (referring to actual toy dolls) “…uh uh, you know Connecticut.” This character foreshadows the coming Production Code, which was in full force less than a year later.
Architect Steve Ireland (William Powell) and his wife Susan (Myrna Loy) eagerly look forward to their fourth wedding anniversary, but her mother Mrs. Cooper (Florence Bates) shows up and puts a damper on their plans for the evening. She sends Steve downstairs to mail her insurance premium.
He runs into his old girlfriend Isobel Kimble Grayson (Gail Patrick) and learns that she has just moved into the apartment building, one floor below. On the way up, the elevator gets stuck. While they are getting out, Steve is struck several times in the head and becomes woozy. Isobel takes him to her apartment to recover. Though she is now also married, she makes it clear that she would not mind renewing their relationship, but Steve is hopelessly in love with his wife.
When he returns to his apartment, he neglects to mention his encounter with Isobel; but Mrs. Cooper finds out and tells her daughter, putting Steve in an awkward spot. For revenge, Susan calls Isobel’s husband ‘Pinky’ (Donald MacBride) and suggests that they pretend that they are seeing each other. He agrees, but Susan goes to the wrong apartment, that of world champion archer Ward Willoughby (Jack Carson). He is puzzled but has no objection to being romanced by a beautiful woman. When Susan learns her mistake, she has difficulty extricating herself from Willoughby’s apartment. They are seen by Steve and Isobel, resulting in much confusion. Things are finally cleared up, but then Susan is led to believe that Steve was alone with Isobel in her apartment while she was out running an errand for her mother.
Susan decides to get a divorce, despite Steve’s pleas. She hides in Arizona with her meddling mother. Willoughby follows, to better his acquaintance with Susan. The night before the divorce hearing, Steve’s lawyer, George Renny (Sidney Blackmer), spots Susan at a party and tells his client. Steve crashes the gathering but is unable to change Susan’s mind. A chance remark by Steve gives Renny an idea – a divorce can be delayed if one of the parties is insane. Steve does his best to act nutty, even pushing his mother-in-law into the pool. However, he had been so eccentric in the past, that everyone (with the exception of one older man) just believes he is drunk.
Nonetheless, Renny gets the divorce judge to agree to a thirty-day delay to have Steve examined by the City Lunacy Commission. When he realizes that he has gone too far, Steve tries to convince the members that he is sane; but the head of the board, Dr. Klugle (Vladimir Sokoloff), turns out to be the only person Steve hoodwinked at the party. As a result, he is committed to a sanitarium.
Steve escapes by tricking the head of the rest home, Dr. Wuthering (Sig Ruman). He returns to his apartment building one step ahead of the police, who now consider him a homicidal maniac. Steve dodges Willoughby and hides with Isobel’s help. He then disguises himself as his “sister” by putting on some of Isobel’s clothes and shaving his mustache. He finally reaches Susan, only to have Mrs. Cooper and Willoughby show up soon afterwards. When Mrs. Cooper inadvertently confirms Steve just talked to Isobel at a cafe, Susan finally believes her husband.
2016 Moogly Crochet along
Block #24: Bullions In Bloom – http://www.mooglyblog.com/cal-block-24/
Block #23: Picot Flower http://www.mooglyblog.com/cal-block-23/
Block #22: Whirlwind Afghan Square – http://www.mooglyblog.com/cal-block-22/
Block #21: love garden – http://www.mooglyblog.com/cal-block-21/
Block 20: French Corner – http://www.mooglyblog.com/cal-block-20/
Block #19: Dream Circle – http://www.mooglyblog.com/cal-block-19/
Block #18: Colorburst Afghan Square – http://www.mooglyblog.com/cal-block-18/
Block 17: Esme’s winter cottage – http://www.mooglyblog.com/cal-block-17/
Block #16: Lilies on the Water – http://www.mooglyblog.com/cal-block-16/
Block #15: Cupcake Celebration – http://www.mooglyblog.com/cal-block-15
Block #14: Tamara – http://www.mooglyblog.com/cal-block-14
Block #13: Granny’s Shining Star – http://www.mooglyblog.com/cal-block-13
Block #12: Criss Cross Applesauce – http://www.mooglyblog.com/cal-block-12/
Block #11: The Never Ending Wildflower Granny Square – http://www.mooglyblog.com/cal-block-11/
Block #10: Whimsical Penelope’s Merry Go Round – http://www.mooglyblog.com/cal-block-10/
Block #9: Spring Burst by Maria Bittner of Pattern Paradise! – http://www.mooglyblog.com/cal-block-9/
Block #8: Springtime Lily Pond Square of The Stitchin’ Mommy – http://www.mooglyblog.com/cal-block-8/
Block #7: Pinwheel AfghanSquare of One Dog Woof – http://www.mooglyblog.com/cal-block-7/
Block #6: Solstice Sun Rising of HodgePodge Crochet – http://www.mooglyblog.com/2015-cal-block-6/
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
01:22:18 to sail across the reef at Barbados…
01:22:11 How you’d have loved the North Cape
01:22:15 and the fjords and the midnight sun…
01:22:18 to sail across the reef at Barbados…
01:22:21 where the blue water turns to green…
01:22:24 to the Falklands
There is this new app out there. you can record without looking. It’s called Beme and it just came out.
So far it is a very cool thing to try.