From the Vaults: Footlight Parade

This poster of the 1933 musical Footlight Parade is definitive sexy pre-code ‘tude.

If you’ve not had the pleasure of viewing Lloyd Bacon’s  film, it is ceratinly one that belongs in your Netflix queue. Its admittedly throwaway backstage plot is more than compensated by all manner of early 30s cellophane fancies, namely, a scorchingly hot Joan Blondell, a never-been-better Ruby Keeler and Cagney–oh, Cagney–proving once and for all that a tough little cuss can strut a softshoe and still be a hell of a he-man.

And then, of course, there’s the matter of the music. Harry Warren and Al Dubin bringing to the screen the delicious subtle salaciousness that can only come from pre-code cinema.

Shanghai Lil, anyone?

Footlight Parade, 1933. Directed by Lloyd Bacon.
Footlight Parade, 1933. Directed by Lloyd Bacon.

Don’t you just adore the early 30s deco geometry?

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Film writer and social media marketing professional. 2019 Social Ambassador for the 10th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival. Previously: social media associate at Warner Archive and script writer for Turner Classic Movies. Working on a Montgomery Clift biography due late 2020.

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