A homeless chorus girl gets her big break on Depression-era Broadway in 42nd Street, the 1933 musical that launched several careeers (Ginger Rogers! Dick Powell!) and also gave creative freedom to choreographer Busby Berkeley. It wasn’t Berkeley’s first movie, but it was the first that gave him the budget to shoot elaborate, surreal sequences with dozens of whirling chorus girls configured in geometric patterns and shot from above. This is the first in a series of Musicals Through the Decades, screening all summer at Narragansett Public Library. It continues in the coming weeks with On The Town, High Society, Bye Bye Birdie, and Cabaret.
The film screens twice, at 2pm and 6pm.