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  1. I have always like 42nd Street as a movie but I could never feel Ruby Keeler was a very good dancer. I feel she is clunky and too heavy stepping. I have always thought Eleanor Powell was very good and so pretty. It is obvious she had more well rounded dance training ie: basic ballet. I wondered why she never really achieved great success and then I heard how she was treated by the studio system and she chose to walk or tap away. My daughter is a fantastic tap dancer so I do see the dancing through her eyes. Although today’s styles are much different there is much to be said for good old fashioned tapping.
  2. I have seen several films of theirs. They are all fairly similar in concept with different characters and settings. Even though they are repetitive I still enjoy them. My favorite for some reason is Naughty Marietta. Perhaps because of the era and the way she surprises him with her singing ability. The concept of the woman always being the one to be “won over” of course is now outdated but with these two it just seems to have worked every time. I had heard somewhere that they did not really get along that well, but they did a great job of not showing it!
  3. The movie was definitely full of fluff and lightness. Very little to no signs of the actual depression era. I feel filmmakers wanted to give viewers escape and make them believe that life could be beautiful again. This is a theme that I believe a great number of musicals as well as romantic comedies of the time employed for the same reasons. I believe if this film was made precode there would have been scantier costumes and much more blatant overtures from the males.
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