Do you agree that the clip exhibits a brighter perspective of life than might be realistic? Why or why not?
Absolutely! During the Depression, people had real issues and fears weighing on their minds. The characters in the movie make light of the situations they find themselves in. Money is being thrown around nonchalantly, in every scene, from the doorman's tip to the costumes, and the flowers.
What themes or approaches might you anticipate from this clip in other Depression era musicals?
During this era, movies were a way to escape everyday struggles. I believe we will continue to see these lighthearted, backstage themed movies even beyond the Great Depression.
Since this is a musical that was made after the motion picture code was enforced, how might you imagine it might have been filmed or scripted differently if it had been pre-code? Give specific examples.
There would have definitely been some face to face flirting in the dressing room as she changed. I picture it being like a Mae West movie filled with innuendo. I believe the feuding between the two rivals would be more intense and they would have included more of the less favorable stories from Ziedfeld's life, like his common law marriage.