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The 42nd. Street Special (1933)

This short documents the send-off of Warner Bros. publicity campaign for 42nd Street (1933), a cross-country trip on a 7-car train dubbed "The 42nd. Street Special" ending in Washington, D.C. at the inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt.


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As part of a publicity campaign for the film 42nd Street (1933), Warner Bros. Pictures, with the assistance of the General Electric Corporation, assembled a 7-car gold- and silver-plated train they called "The 42nd. Street Special". With numerous Warner Bros. contract stars as passengers, the train made a tour across the USA. It was scheduled to make stops in more than 100 cities, ending in Washington, D.C. for the March 1933 inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt. This short film records the send-off for this trip from Los Angeles' Santa Fe Station. Using a microphone set up on the rear platform of the last car, several people addressed the crowd attending the event. Those making remarks include performers, studio executives, and the mayor of Los Angeles. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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20 February 1933 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Included in Warner Home Video's 2006 6-disc DVD release "The Busby Berkeley Collection". See more »


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All credited cast members are introduced by a title card or verbally by another cast member. See more »


References 42nd Street (1933) See more »


Forty-Second Street
Music by Harry Warren
Performed by unidentified band
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1 January 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

42nd Street Special, The (1932)

** (out of 4)

This co-production between Warner and GE was meant to highlight the movie 42ND STREET as the stars of the film (and studio) would jump on a train and take it from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. with a hundred stops along the way. Leo Carillo, Claire Dodd, Bette Davis, Preston Foster, Lyle Talbot, Darryl Zanuck and Jack Warner are just a few of the famous faces that appear here. This promotional short runs a brief six-minutes and the quality of the film really hasn't stood up well over time. Not only is the promotional stuff quite boring but so is the actual sound quality as quite often it's hard to understand what the speakers are saying. The film, I guess, does a good job at its goal, which is to make people interested in the film but only die hard fans will really need to watch this.

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