Screen Test of Time, Ep. 30: 42nd Street
Screen Test of Time is a podcast where Suzan Eraslan and David Daw set out to watch every movie ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, in order, from the first awards season to, eventually, the present day. Each week, they watch and review a different movie, and when they've watched everything nominated in a particular year, they tell you whether the Oscar went to the right one!
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On last week's episode, Suzan was certain that this would be amazing and her choice for the 1932/1933 nominees, and her track record on week before proclamations holds steady. The first and only musical featuring Busby Berkeley's choreography to be nominated for Best Picture, 42nd Street has, no question, the best musical numbers of any movie so far featured on the Screen Test of Time, and Ginger Rogers has a cameo as a chorus girl that provides the funniest bit of business with a monocle ever to be documented on film. But will it take the Screen Test of Time award for Best Picture?
Year Eligible: 1932/1933 (Nominated)
Intro Music: "Shuffle off to Buffalo" from 42nd Street (1933)
Outro Music: "42nd Street" from 42nd Street (1933)