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  1. Aardsy's rating of the film Footlight Parade

  2. Myles's rating of the film Footlight Parade

  3. MS1915's rating of the film Footlight Parade

    It took me awhile to catch up to Cagney! The film is entertaining and charming.

  4. Samuel Andrade's rating of the film Footlight Parade

    "Aw, talking pictures. It’s just a fad."

  5. SpacePirate's rating of the film Footlight Parade

    Frank McHugh has you in stitches throughout the film. Some great musical numbers, and the great Cagney doing his thing. This one just is just a hair less successful than 42nd Street, Gold Diggers, Dames, etc so I am just gonna give it 4.5 stars. Still a classic and a must see for any musical fan

  6. Daniel S.'s rating of the film Footlight Parade

    Talking pictures are killing musical comedies on the stage so James Cagney invents the short musical prologue played live before the movies. It works but for how long because, to my knowledge, these musical prologues can only be seen on movies nowadays, precisely on the media that killed them. Mise en abyme at its best. Cagney, Blondell, Powell, Keeler: I miss you. Masterpiece.

  7. José Neves's rating of the film Footlight Parade

    Berkeley choreographies are pure genius.

  8. bartkl's rating of the film Footlight Parade

    Being no fan of musicals or cool American businessmen, I really had a tough time getting into this film. It contains some horrible humor and annoying acting, but once you accept that, the film is actually quite creative. Especially the two shows at the end are very nice. "By a waterfall" features a beautiful, timeless piece of choreography, followed by the bizarre and innuendo filled "Honeymoon Hotel".

  9. Charles Coleman's rating of the film Footlight Parade

    One of the greatest musicals ever made. Snappy dialogue, exquisite dance numbers, and charming performances by the lead actors. What more do you need? Oh and it IS a Pre-Code film. See it!

  10. Scott Lucas's rating of the film Footlight Parade

    A Busby Berkeley spectacle is still more dazzling than a 100 super hero movies.

  11. Louise_Dietrich's rating of the film Footlight Parade

  12. filmcapsule's rating of the film Footlight Parade

    Exuberant, incredibly fast-paced musical spectacular. Cagney's tough-guy energy finds a perfect home in the world of show biz and dance. Thanks to the fast pace, even the film's pair of romantic stories succeed, and the fountain sequence even boasts images of avant-garde beauty.

  13. Arcanus's rating of the film Footlight Parade

  14. Kian Ross's rating of the film Footlight Parade

  15. Justin Vicari's rating of the film Footlight Parade

    There is no valid reason not to love this jam-packed entertainment, containing one of Berkeley's most gorgeous dance scenes and two others that are at least amazing. Most of the jokes haven't lost their punch, and the few here and there that have, well, I doubt that today's comedies will look as fresh in 80 years. (I doubt anyone will even be looking at them either.)

  16. Joseph Judge's rating of the film Footlight Parade

    Gotta love Cagney. Gotta love Blondell. Gotta love Berkeley. Gotta love madcap, pre-code gloss. This is everything in life.

  17. ZYNAB's rating of the film Footlight Parade

    "Outside, countess. As long as there's sidewalks you've got a job!"

  18. MarcH's rating of the film Footlight Parade

    James Cagney, just as manic and insane as he'd be in Billy Wilder's "One Two Three" about 25 years later. One can only sit back and marvel at this guy. Joan Blondell is a perfect co-star for him...she matches his rat-a-tat-tat dialogue on every beat. The overhead shot of the chorus girls on the fountain never ceases to take my breath away.

  19. catch_33's rating of the film Footlight Parade

    Nice little pre-code musical. It all gets a bit much towards the end, but the visual choreography of the dancers and the placement of the camera in capturing them is marvellous.

  20. Lefteris Becerra's rating of the film Footlight Parade

    unbelievable! busby the great; film esthetics at its best, so charming!

  21. Matthew_Lucas's rating of the film Footlight Parade

    80 years after its release, FOOTLIGHT PARADE has become something it never really intended to be; a time capsule for a nearly forgotten piece of film history - the live prologue. The rapid fire dialogue is just as sharp and fresh as ever, and Berkeley's dazzling choreography remains the most stunning ever produced. It's a dizzying, delightful feat of Depression-era escapism. One of the greatest musicals of all time.