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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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Credited cast:
Darryl F. Zanuck ... Himself (as Darryl Zanuck)
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1933 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Preston S. Foster: Look out Broadway, here we come!
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All credited cast members are introduced by a title card or verbally by another cast member. See more »

Connections

References 42nd Street (1933) See more »

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Forty-Second Street
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Music by Harry Warren
Performed by unidentified band
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The 42nd Street Special was an interesting enough promotional short of the time for me
8 January 2013 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Just watched on the Gold Diggers of 1933 DVD which means this was probably part of The Busby Berkeley Collection boxed set. In chronicles the train known as "The 42nd Street Special" which was a promotional tour promoted by Warner Bros. in conjunction with General Electric as it stops in several U.S. cities with the end being during the Inauguration Day of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Several Warner stars not in the film speak to the public on the train's inaugural leave of which the only one I recognized was Bette Davis who wasn't the big star she'd eventually become at the studio. Also addressing the crowd were Jack L. Warner, vice president of the studio and Darryl F. Zanuck, then head of production. Interesting enough of a vintage promotional short and like I said, it's on the GD of '33 disc.


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