Movie Poll: What’s your favorite Busby Berkeley musical?

What's Your Favorite Busby Berkeley Musical?

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  • tony payne

    I voted for Footlight Parade as it contains the wonderful James Cagney doing his ‘Shanghai Lil’ routine, he was such a versatile actor. However, my favourite BB film is ‘For Me and My Gal’ a truly marvellous film about the early days of vaudeville. It had Gene Kelly, Judy Garland and the ever entertaining George Murphy. The film moves along at breakneck speed and there is not one dull moment. It is so enjoyable. They just don’t make ‘em like this anymore.

  • Rolland T

    I voted for Gold Diggers of 35, I think thats the one with the lulabye of broadway dance number. A classic for the time.

  • Rick

    There are a number of great ones. However, the best one of all isn’t even listed??? What is the problem??? Gold Diggers of 1933.

  • Allen Hefner

    I agree. Gold Diggers of 1933 was the best. How can you beat Ginger Rogers singing ‘We’re in the Money’ in Pig-Latin!! 42nd Street came in second.

  • Mike

    I agree with Rick and Allen. Where is Goldiggers of 1933?

  • agb

    42nd Street………is by far the “mother of all musicals” and those who wrote comments certainly make their points well with regard to other films. Be that as it may, arguably the very epitome of ‘high camp’ has to be “The Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat’ performed by Carmen Miranda in THE GANGS ALL HERE. This jaw-dropping number borders on surrealism and as one viewer keenly observed: They just don’t make ‘em like this anymore! Happy Holidays to all!

  • Hiram Grant

    Right, Gold Diggers of 1933!

  • Jeff Schneider

    Yes,it is Gold Diggers of 1933. Don’t forget Joan Blondell & the “Remember My forgotton Man” number. Guy Kibbee is a blast. I Have a 6 disc set that includes GD of 1933 & 1935, 42nd Street, Footlight Parade, Dames & a Busby Berkeley disc.

  • David Ecklein

    I did not vote, because Gold Diggers of 1933 is the strongest BB, and others agree. Why was it left out? To provoke response from BB fans? It is the one we show friends most often, and it is the least “escapist”, dealing with issues of the Great Depression and even treatment of WW1 veterans in a light but pithy way. The opening with Roger’s “pig latin” and sheriff’s seizure of Barney’s props grabs right away. The background “clash-of-classes” story is humorous and entertaining, without injecting silly dated vaudeville sketches that mar many BB musicals. That having been said, I won’t be satisfied until ALL of them are available on DVD!

  • John Mulrenin

    I totally agree with Rolland T. The Lullabye of Broadway number from Golddiggers of ’35 is worth the price of admission alone!!

  • Valerie

    I voted for Babes in Toyland, however, all of Busby’s movies were fantastic. Being a distant relative by marriage does make me biased.

  • Lisa C

    Definitely “Gold diggers of 1933″. Pettin’ in the Park? Oh, my!

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  • Publius

    My favorite Busby Berkeley is: “Gold Diggers of 1935″ with the “lullaby of Broadway” number and the thousand dancers dancing all over the nightclub floor while Dick Powell is up atop a dining table. (How could a waiter even get up there?)

  • jdroper3

    I voted for “Babes in Arms” since I’m a Mickey and Judy addict for sure. Does anyone else have ALL 17 ANDY HARDY movies???? Plus “Babes in Arms,” “Babes on Broadway,” “Girl Crazy,” AND “Strike up the Band”?

  • jdroper3

    Why don’t we admit it? Modern flicks take a distant second to the classics of the 30′s and 40′s.

  • Miss Nicki

    Definitely Gold Diggers of 1933!

  • Melissa

    I agree with jdroper3! Babes in Arms is fabulous! I also am a huge Judy/Mickey fan and love their films. BB did a great job on this one!

  • Ingrid Nuernberg

    Footlight Parade has the great James Cagney dancing at his very best (much better than in Yankee Doodle Dandy, where he was imitating George M. Cohan’s style). I also really love his scenes with Joan Blondell. Absolutely my favourite Busby Berkeley.

  • Gail

    I voted for Footlight Parade as I always enjy a young hoofing James Cagney

  • Neil Cronin

    Gold Diggers of 1933 was fantastic. But “The Gangs All Here’ was psychedelic. The bananas and the strawberries were down right perverse. Loved it.

  • Richard

    The best by far is “42nd Street”, that beong said any one of busby’s pix were masterpieces !!! Loved them all and have seen the movie and play many times.

  • Ricardo

    I hate to be a “kill-joy” for everyone, but “42nd Street” was not a Busby Berkeley film (he did the sensational production numbers in the film … yes) but it was directed by Lloyd Bacon, not Busby …. (just thought I would throw that one in there!!)

  • Sonya

    Footlight Parade! Such a great cast and the dialogue was clever – love listening to the deliveries by Cagney and Blondell. The Shanghai Lil number was the best – never forgotten Cagney and Keeler dancing on the top of the bar.

  • Movie Maniac

    It’s difficult not to pick one of the Garland/Rooney films, but I really love the early 30′s Warner films—and ‘Footlight Parade” has the added attraction of James Cagney. Hard to beat.

  • Roger Z

    42nd Street would be my top if, like the later broadway version, it included “Lullaby of Broadway”. Unfortunately Harry Warren couldn’t get it into this production so it shows up later in Goldiggers of 1935. While these are hard to choose from I went with Take Me Out to the Ballgame ’cause I love Betty Garret’s character and the interplay between Sinatra, Kelly and Munshin.

  • mike

    the gangs all here…theres two busby berkeley sequences in this film ,and they are phantasmagorical,tutti frutti hat and polka dot waltz,cant beat that shimmering technicolor!