WHV Archive Press Release: Footlight Parade (1933) (Blu-ray)

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FOOTLIGHT PARADE (1933)
Run Time 103:00
Subtitles English SDH
Sound Quality DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 – English
Aspect Ratio 1.37:1, 4 X 3
Product Color BLACK & WHITE
Disc Configuration BD 50
Special Features: Featurette “Footlight Parade: Music for the Decades”; 2 Vintage Warner Bros. Shorts “Rambling ‘Round Radio Row #8” and “Vaudeville Reel #1”; 4 Vintage Warner Bros. Cartoons: Honeymoon Hotel, Young and Healthy, One Step Ahead of My Shadow and Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence; Theatrical Trailer (HD)

Footlight Parade is sheer cinematic joy. In this Depression-era romp, a timid stenographer (Ruby Keeler) removes her glasses and — wow! — she’s a star. A gee-whiz tenor (Dick Powell) asserts his independence. Plucky chorines tap, greedy hangers-on get their comeuppances, and an indefatigable producer/dancer (James Cagney) and his Girl Friday (Joan Blondell) work showbiz miracles to stage live prologues for talkie houses to keep their company afloat during hard times. Honeymoon Hotel, By a Waterfall and Shanghai Lil are the shows, directed by Busby Berkeley and filled with imagination-bending sets, startling camera angles, kaleidoscopic pageantry and a 20,000-gallon-per-minute waterfall. Curtain up!

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  1. Robert Crawford

    😆 Another iTunes HD digital that I just bought in February gets a Blu-ray release.

    Can I give you a list of stuff I want you to buy?:razz:

    This great movie was made even more famous by the fact that the Disney tribute on the late Great Movie Ride stopped working shortly after launch and never got going again.
    [​IMG]

    Great news on the release. What got W going on all this wonderful 30's stuff?

  2. This disc will, of course, infuriate those who claim Warner Archive never releases on Blu-ray disc anything prior to 1954! 🙂 It pulls the rug from underneath their feet very neatly.

  3. I don't know about anybody else, but I've been spending the last few hours repairing the hole in the floor where my jaw fell through 😉 Seriously, though, after 4 years, I did NOT see this one coming (also did not see getting two 30s films in one month). But I have no problem admitting I was wrong on that, and eagerly look forward to both this and The Thin Man, day 1 if I can help it!

  4. Peter Apruzzese

    I hope you’ve bought dozens of Warner titles 🙂

    You should be happy then.;) Here's a sample size of my HD Digital Library of Warner catalog titles not released on Blu-ray:

    • Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)
    • Destination Tokyo (1943)
    • Air Force (1943)
    • The Fountainhead (1948)
    • The Set-Up (1949)
    • The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
    • Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
    • Boom Town (1940)
    • The Roaring Twenties (1939)
    • "G" Men (1935)
    • Action in the North Atlantic (1943)
    • All Through the Night (1942)
    • The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
    • Wuthering Heights (1939)
    • Top Hat (1935)
    • Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
    • Ryan's Daughter (1970)
    • Mogambo (1953)
    • Random Harvest (1942)
    • Jezebel (1938)
    • Kid Galahad (1937)
    • High Sierra (1941)
    • Bringing Up Baby (1938)
    • Treasure Island (1934)
    • Stage Door (1937)
    • Little Women (1949)
    • Gentleman Jim (1942)
    • The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
    • Each Dawn I Die (1939)
    • Some Came Running (1958)
    • Across the Pacific (1942)
    • The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)
    • Angels in the Outfield (1951)
    • Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House (1948)
    • Sergeant York (1941)
    • A Guy Named Joe (1944)
    • The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)
    • Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
    • The Good Earth (1937)
    • The Champ (1931)
    • The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)
    • David Copperfield (1935)
    • City for Conquest (1940)
    • Humoresque (1946)
    • In Name Only (1939)
    • Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
    • High Society (1956)
    • Baby Face (1933)

    Again, this is a sample listing, not my complete listing of Warner catalog titles. I wouldn't be surprise to see some of these titles coming out on Blu-ray in the coming months into next year.

  5. Robert Crawford

    You should be happy then.;) Here's a sample size of my HD Digital Library of Warner catalog titles not released on Blu-ray:

    • Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)
    • Destination Tokyo (1943)
    • Air Force (1943)
    • The Fountainhead (1948)
    • The Set-Up (1949)
    • The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
    • Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
    • Boom Town (1940)
    • The Roaring Twenties (1939)
    • "G" Men (1935)
    • Action in the North Atlantic (1943)
    • All Through the Night (1942)
    • The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
    • Wuthering Heights (1939)
    • Top Hat (1935)
    • Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
    • Ryan's Daughter (1970)
    • Mogambo (1953)
    • Random Harvest (1942)
    • Jezebel (1938)
    • Ninotchka (1939)
    • High Sierra (1941)
    • Bringing Up Baby (1938)
    • Treasure Island (1934)
    • Stage Door (1937)
    • Little Women (1949)
    • Gentleman Jim (1942)
    • The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
    • Each Dawn I Die (1939)
    • Some Came Running (1958)
    • Across the Pacific (1942)
    • The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)
    • Angels in the Outfield (1951)
    • Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House (1948)
    • Sergeant York (1941)
    • A Guy Named Joe (1944)
    • The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)
    • Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
    • The Good Earth (1937)
    • The Champ (1931)
    • The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)
    • David Copperfield (1935)
    • City for Conquest (1940)
    • Humoresque (1946)
    • In Name Only (1939)
    • Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
    • High Society (1956)
    • Baby Face (1933)

    Again, this is a sample listing, not my complete listing of Warner catalog titles. I wouldn't be surprise to see some of these titles coming out on Blu-ray in the coming months into next year.

    Quite a list! I certainly hope quite a few of them make it! Question, though: How does Sergeant York look? I know a few years back you and RAH were saying that Warners was working on it.

  6. Robert Crawford

    You should be happy then.;) Here's a sample size of my HD Digital Library of Warner catalog titles not released on Blu-ray:

    • Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)
    • Destination Tokyo (1943)
    • Air Force (1943)
    • The Fountainhead (1948)
    • The Set-Up (1949)
    • The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
    • Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
    • Boom Town (1940)
    • The Roaring Twenties (1939)
    • "G" Men (1935)
    • Action in the North Atlantic (1943)
    • All Through the Night (1942)
    • The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
    • Wuthering Heights (1939)
    • Top Hat (1935)
    • Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
    • Ryan's Daughter (1970)
    • Mogambo (1953)
    • Random Harvest (1942)
    • Jezebel (1938)
    • Ninotchka (1939)
    • High Sierra (1941)
    • Bringing Up Baby (1938)
    • Treasure Island (1934)
    • Stage Door (1937)
    • Little Women (1949)
    • Gentleman Jim (1942)
    • The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
    • Each Dawn I Die (1939)
    • Some Came Running (1958)
    • Across the Pacific (1942)
    • The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)
    • Angels in the Outfield (1951)
    • Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House (1948)
    • Sergeant York (1941)
    • A Guy Named Joe (1944)
    • The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)
    • Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
    • The Good Earth (1937)
    • The Champ (1931)
    • The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)
    • David Copperfield (1935)
    • City for Conquest (1940)
    • Humoresque (1946)
    • In Name Only (1939)
    • Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
    • High Society (1956)
    • Baby Face (1933)

    Again, this is a sample listing, not my complete listing of Warner catalog titles. I wouldn't be surprise to see some of these titles coming out on Blu-ray in the coming months into next year.

    Robert,

    that one title bolded and blue is already out, only two titles from Garbo have had a physical HD release Grand Hotel and that one. But would love to see many of those coming from the Archive in the next year or so.

  7. dana martin

    Robert,

    that one title bolded and blue is already out, only two titles from Garbo have had a physical HD release Grand Hotel and that one. But would love to see many of those coming from the Archive in the next year or so.

    Oops! Yeah, I have that 06-09-15 Blu-ray Boxset along with Dodge City, Dark Victory, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Gone With the Wind. I substituted Kid Galahad (1937) with Edward G., Bette Davis, Bogart and Wayne Morris.

  8. Brent Reid

    That's an impressive list, but I'm very curious to know which digital Warner titles are actually available in HD, as many appear to still be SD only. Is there anywhere to check?

    All of the titles I listed have the HD designation attached to them and appear as 1080p on my setup. With that said, many of them appear to be derived from an older HD transfer. I think Warner is updating some them similar to what Paramount is doing.

  9. Thanks for the speedy reply! I haven't gone the streaming route yet but it's inevitable one day, so I'm increasingly avoiding DVD-only releases where I see there's already a HD digital equivalent. I appreciate your actual purchases are tagged, but is there anywhere I can check titles ahead of purchase?

  10. Robert Crawford

    You should be happy then.;) Here's a sample size of my HD Digital Library of Warner catalog titles not released on Blu-ray:

    • Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)
    • Destination Tokyo (1943)
    • Air Force (1943)
    • The Fountainhead (1948)
    • The Set-Up (1949)
    • The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
    • Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
    • Boom Town (1940)
    • The Roaring Twenties (1939)
    • "G" Men (1935)
    • Action in the North Atlantic (1943)
    • All Through the Night (1942)
    • The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
    • Wuthering Heights (1939)
    • Top Hat (1935)
    • Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
    • Ryan's Daughter (1970)
    • Mogambo (1953)
    • Random Harvest (1942)
    • Jezebel (1938)
    • Kid Galahad (1937)
    • High Sierra (1941)
    • Bringing Up Baby (1938)
    • Treasure Island (1934)
    • Stage Door (1937)
    • Little Women (1949)
    • Gentleman Jim (1942)
    • The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
    • Each Dawn I Die (1939)
    • Some Came Running (1958)
    • Across the Pacific (1942)
    • The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)
    • Angels in the Outfield (1951)
    • Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House (1948)
    • Sergeant York (1941)
    • A Guy Named Joe (1944)
    • The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)
    • Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
    • The Good Earth (1937)
    • The Champ (1931)
    • The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)
    • David Copperfield (1935)
    • City for Conquest (1940)
    • Humoresque (1946)
    • In Name Only (1939)
    • Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
    • High Society (1956)
    • Baby Face (1933)

    Again, this is a sample listing, not my complete listing of Warner catalog titles. I wouldn't be surprise to see some of these titles coming out on Blu-ray in the coming months into next year.

    Now that's the perfect model list for a "Day-One" shopping cart purchase.:thumbs-up-smiley:

  11. Brent Reid

    Thanks for the speedy reply! I haven't gone the streaming route yet but it's inevitable one day, so I'm increasingly avoiding DVD-only releases where I see there's already a HD digital equivalent. I appreciate your actual purchases are tagged, but is there anywhere I can check titles ahead of purchase?

    Yes, on iTunes and Vudu you can see if it's SD, HD or 4K. I use my AppleTV and Roku units to access those sites. I'm also able to access them with my mobile device as well as my desktop.

  12. Andrew Budgell

    I've never seen this film but will definitely be supporting this release!

    Andrew, I envy you, to see Footlight Parade for the very first time!

    By a Waterfall is one of the most sublime spectacles of the 1930's, with its intricately woven choreography and one mesmerizing moment of fountains and pixies laden upon the next. For this number alone, the picture deserves honorable mention.

    Add to it a slew of other production numbers, plus the added appeal of Cagney and Blondell, along with Ruby and Dick, and…well…the results speak for themselves: pure escapism a la Warner Bros. in their prime, as only Berkeley and the studio system could pull off seamlessly during its heyday.

    Wahoo! And Thank You, Warner Archive. Can't wait. I'll be ordering you-hoo-hoo-hoo!

  13. PMF

    Now that's the perfect model list for a "Day-One" shopping cart.:thumbs-up-smiley:

    I've seen all of those movie titles more than once in my lifetime. About 75% of them are among my favorite movies in which I like to watch them quite often, ranging from once a year to every 3-5 years.

  14. Robert Crawford

    Oops! Yeah, I have that 06-09-15 Blu-ray Boxset along with Dodge City, Dark Victory, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Gone With the Wind. I substituted Kid Galahad (1937) with Edward G., Bette Davis, Bogart and Wayne Morris.

    What's a matter Robert – Your memory slipping. You can't remember a few thousand titles.:razz:
    I hope all your digital titles get released on Blu.

  15. Robert Crawford
    • Little Women (1949)

    I'm envious! This one is only available in SD here in Canada, but I have saved my HD broadcast from TCM. It looks beautiful. Hopefully we'll see it one day through the Warner Archive.

  16. Andrew Budgell

    I'm envious! This one is only available in SD here in Canada, but I have saved my HD broadcast from TCM. It looks beautiful. Hopefully we'll see it one day through the Warner Archive.

    Yes, that truly lush Technicolor would look splendid in high def on Blu-ray.

  17. This deserves to be one of Warner Archive's best-sellers. Infinitely fun movie. I'm not a die-hard musicals fan, but this has the right blend of comedy with one stunning musical number after another. Easy to see why Cagney had such a meteoric rise, but more impressive that he had the career freedom to not be stuck in just gangster or musical films.

  18. Robert Crawford

    You should be happy then.;) Here's a sample size of my HD Digital Library of Warner catalog titles not released on Blu-ray:

    • Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)
    • Destination Tokyo (1943)
    • Air Force (1943)
    • The Fountainhead (1948)
    • The Set-Up (1949)
    • The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
    • Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
    • Boom Town (1940)
    • The Roaring Twenties (1939)
    • "G" Men (1935)
    • Action in the North Atlantic (1943)
    • All Through the Night (1942)
    • The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
    • Wuthering Heights (1939)
    • Top Hat (1935)
    • Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
    • Ryan's Daughter (1970)
    • Mogambo (1953)
    • Random Harvest (1942)
    • Jezebel (1938)
    • Kid Galahad (1937)
    • High Sierra (1941)
    • Bringing Up Baby (1938)
    • Treasure Island (1934)
    • Stage Door (1937)
    • Little Women (1949)
    • Gentleman Jim (1942)
    • The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
    • Each Dawn I Die (1939)
    • Some Came Running (1958)
    • Across the Pacific (1942)
    • The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)
    • Angels in the Outfield (1951)
    • Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House (1948)
    • Sergeant York (1941)
    • A Guy Named Joe (1944)
    • The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)
    • Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
    • The Good Earth (1937)
    • The Champ (1931)
    • The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)
    • David Copperfield (1935)
    • City for Conquest (1940)
    • Humoresque (1946)
    • In Name Only (1939)
    • Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
    • High Society (1956)
    • Baby Face (1933)

    I have seen HD masters of the titles above I have highlighted, and they all look really nice. 80 DAYS was a revelation. Possibly just short of Blu-ray quality (which is also probably why WAC won't release it), but all were a great watch. RYAN'S DAUGHTER looked as good as any Blu-ray I could name, so I am puzzled by the long-g delay.

  19. Somewhere I still have Tom Hatten's interview with Ruby Keeler after a KTLA Los Angeles screening of FOOTLIGHT PARADE sometime in the 1980s. Ruby recorded interviews for several Berkeley films which were showcased that week in prime time. Those were the days!

    She was very self-effacing, saying at one point something to the effect, "I couldn't act, I couldn't sing, and, now, watching these films again, I see I wasn't the greatest dancer in the world either!"

    After FOOTLIGHT PARADE, she said that it was so ludicrous that everyone would be singing and going on about this exotic creature, Shanghai Lil, "and then, out of a barrrel, pops this little nothing!"

    She also made appearances at film screenings around this time. At one point, someone asked her about her leading men.

    She said "Well there was Dick Powell and Al Jolson…".

    "And?"

    "That's it. Dick Powell and Al Jolson." She never referred to Jolson as her former husband.

  20. AnthonyClarke

    Just the mesmerising 'Shangai Lil' makes this a compulsory purchase for me.

    Yeah, it's a fantastic sequence (one of a great many from BB). I could never quite get Ruby Keeler either, although she is very likeable. I suppose the fact that she wasn't a great beauty (or dancer or singer) meant that the female audience could identify with her & think, that could be me up there, whereas looking at Ginger Rogers dancing, they'd have to be very confident to think, yeah, I could dance that well.

    …& who would ever have thought that song & dance man Dick Powell, would make the best ever Philip Marlow, In, Murder My Sweet (Farewell My Lovely).

  21. Rob_Ray

    Somewhere I still have Tom Hatten's interview with Ruby Keeler after a KTLA Los Angeles screening of FOOTLIGHT PARADE sometime in the 1980s. Ruby recorded interviews for several Berkeley films which were showcased that week in prime time. Those were the days!

    She was very self-effacing, saying at one point something to the effect, "I couldn't act, I couldn't sing, and, now, watching these films again, I see I wasn't the greatest dancer in the world either!"

    After FOOTLIGHT PARADE, she said that it was so ludicrous that everyone would be singing and going on about this exotic creature, Shanghai Lil, "and then, out of a barrrel, pops this little nothing!"

    She also made appearances at film screenings around this time. At one point, someone asked her about her leading men.

    She said "Well there was Dick Powell and Al Jolson…".

    "And?"

    "That's it. Dick Powell and Al Jolson." She never referred to Jolson as her former husband.

    Odd that she wouldn't remember the tragic Ross Alexander from Ready, Willing, and Able.

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  23. Keeler had an inexplicable charm which doesn’t disappoint. Who knows why? You don’t think (or most of us don’t think)couldn’t they have gotten somebody better?
    I saw her in NNN on Broadway when I was very young and barely knew of her but boy she had the audience in a kind of delirium. There was something more than nostalgia. She could hold a huge Broadway audience in her hand. In fact you can see on the NNN clip on youtube that she got the lead out of her feet and was even more graceful as a grandmother.

  24. And she introduced the Gershwin song Liza in a Ziegfeld produced Broadway musical Show Girl accompanied by Duke Ellington and his orchestra. She was among the elite in a time of show biz giants.

  25. roxy1927

    Keeler had an inexplicable charm which doesn't disappoint. Who knows why? You don't think (or most of us don't think)couldn't they have gotten somebody better?
    I saw her in NNN on Broadway when I was very young and barely knew of her but boy she had the audience in a kind of delirium. There was something more than nostalgia. She could hold a huge Broadway audience in her hand. In fact you can see on the NNN clip on youtube that she got the lead out of her feet and was even more graceful as a grandmother.

    I also saw NNN and you are correct in how she held the audience. I was totally enthralled by her. Also the great Patsy Kelly had the audience eating out of her hand.

  26. Quite a few still important Technicolor MGM titles need to be released in bluray and I’m now wondering if it will ever happen.

    Ziegfeld Follies
    Yolanda and the Thief
    Till the Clouds Roll By
    The Pirate
    Good News
    Words and Music
    Kim
    Scaramouche
    Young Bess
    Royal Wedding
    Three Little Words
    Belle of New York
    Rose Marie
    Student Prince
    Easy to Love(with Berkeley’s best color finale and a lost 50s Florida looking spectacular)
    The Great Caruso
    Love Me or Leave Me

    And then there are the Doris Day Warner Bros Musical

  27. roxy1927

    Quite a few still important Technicolor MGM titles need to be released in bluray and I'm now wondering if it will ever happen.

    Ziegfeld Follies
    Yolanda and the Thief
    Till the Clouds Roll By
    The Pirate
    Good News
    Words and Music
    Kim
    Scaramouche
    Young Bess
    Royal Wedding
    Three Little Words
    Belle of New York
    Rose Marie
    Student Prince
    Easy to Love(with Berkeley's best color finale and a lost 50s Florida looking spectacular)
    The Great Caruso
    Love Me or Leave Me

    And then there are the Doris Day Warner Bros Musical

    Love Me or Leave Me has been released on Blu-ray by Warner Archive.

  28. Now I see and it also brought up one of her Warner’s musicals Calamity Jane. Was surprised they put out Glass Bottom Boat. I like it but I didn’t think that many did.

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