By J. Hoberman
Its plot is sheer cliché: a behind the curtain tale during which, prior to starting evening, the big name 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, extraordinary performances from Ruby Keeler, Ginger Rogers and a number of Warners agreement gamers, and specially the delirious dance exercises of the incomparable Busby Berkeley. J.Hoberman's description of the movie catches its mix of New Deal optimism and showbiz brashness, and locations them expertly within the context of Hollywood's try to come to phrases with challenging times.
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