Directed by Lloyd Bacon and Busby Berkeley
James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell
Berkeley’s dazzling masterpiece stars Cagney, whose electric tap dancing stunned moviegoers who knew him only as a nervy tough guy. He’s caught between the conniving Claire Dodd and sweet and tart Joan Blondell as he struggles with his unruly dance company. The wisp of a plot charts the brief vogue for staged prologues before new-fangled talking pictures, and concludes with three massive production numbers of sharply escalating nuttiness. “Honeymoon Hotel,” an ode to marital sex, “Shanghai Lil” a tribute to that girl in every port, then, “the most staggering water ballet in the history of liquid…neither taste nor logic was a factor by any means in this interminable series of simpering half-naked women…gamboling through an astounding variety of aquacade formations” (Richard Barrios).
NO CLOSED CAPTIONING (Hearing-impaired)
NO AUDIO DESCRIPTION (Visual-impaired)
Wednesday, May 6