By J. Hoberman
From Amazon: "Six days sooner than the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932, Warner Bros accomplished capturing on a new-style musical. Hard-bitten, fast paced, packed with gritty realism concerning the melancholy and frank approximately intercourse, forty second road was once within the forefront of Warners's 'New Deal in Entertainment'. Its plot is sheer cliché: a behind the scenes tale within which, previous to beginning evening, the famous person breaks an ankle, the younger understudy is going on and turns into an in a single day sensation. What retains the motion picture clean sixty years later is the snappy discussion, awesome performances from Ruby Keeler, Ginger Rogers and a number of Warners agreement gamers, and notably the delirious dance workouts of the incomparable Busby Berkeley. J.Hoberman's description of the movie catches its mix of New Deal optimism and showbiz brashness, and areas them expertly within the context of Hollywood's try to come to phrases with tough times."
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The government had an interest in promoting social goals, since a healthy, well-fed, stable nation provided a good business climate, but that was all. ” But the New Era had failed, and Hoover’s efforts to revive it had been fruitless. Babe Ruth had put the president’s performance into harsh perspective. Early in 1930, the New York Yankees slugger was holding out for a contract that would pay him $80,000 a year. When sportswriters reminded him that the president made $75,000, Ruth responded, “What’s Hoover got to do with it?
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