flappers, dames & golddiggers of 42nd street

as a kid, one of my favorite things about weekends was watching old movies on sunday afternoons. my parents have a love of film and my first intro was around age 5 with my first busby berkeley film, 42nd street. the glamor, the era, the city! a new world came beaming through the screen and i was a little sponge.

today i’m watching golddiggers of 1939, another of his masterpieces i just found on my tivo. it’s so much fun to see how much we’ve changed yet are exactly the same. our grandma’s were so hot and so cool!

maybe it’s the economy but for the last few months the number one search term coming to my blog is ‘flappers’.

so for those who’d like a little slice of the life, check out his gorgeous films with classic songs and dances, brilliant dialogue and gorgeous fashion.

not to mention plenty of vamps and vanities  :)

what a guy! quel vision!

as i was searching around  i came across the film forum’s upcoming schedule. it’s almost worth moving back to the city for! maybe i’ll just use it as a guide. well this has taken a bit longer than expected cause i fell into a deep abyss but it was fun. hope you enjoy it too!

film forum

January 8, 2011. Films, flappers.


  1. Josette replied:

    And we think today’s movies show a lot of skin!! (O:(O:(O:




  2. the paris apartment replied:

    C’est vrai!


  3. amberbyday replied:

    Amazing! I just get blown away by those sets and costumes and choreography. Love your blog. Such a good little time machine!


  4. Karena replied:

    Those were the most amazing movies, have you seen Burlesque yet!?

    Art by Karena


    • the paris apartment replied:

      no i haven’t seen it. truth is i can watch old movies over and over but new ones don’t move me in the same way. but it is on my list.


  5. Jules Means replied:

    What fun!!! Thanks for this one :)


  6. Splendid Sass replied:

    These images are stunning. Amazing how so much talent was exhibited when movies were not computerized!
    Thank you for sharing and for the recommendations.


    • the paris apartment replied:

      it’s amazing what was accomplished before computers. kind of seems like we should be able to do more but i seeem to get less done!


  7. Melissah replied:

    I’m an interior designer from Melbourne, Australia – I loved your blog, I found it very inspiring. This is all new to me but I have just set up my own blog
    You may like to check it out because I had so much fun doing it.
    Thanks for providing me with such great entertainment!


    • the paris apartment replied:

      hi melissah, great to meet you, i’ll stop by your new blog, congrats and enjoy it! the friends you make will be the best part!


  8. Bonnie replied:

    Beautiful post Claudia! I’d love to see some more old classic movies. The most searched words or phrase on my little blog is Vintage Vanities and Old Hollywood Glamour. The numbers are much higher than everything else. Nostalgia is still in the air… Then again, those posts lead to you and The Paris Apartment too!


  9. Lee Ann at The French Maids Place replied:

    I love flappers! I just did a quick post on them on my blog last week…I’d love for you to check it out!
    –Lee Ann



  10. Bonjour Romance replied:

    Bonjour Claudia,
    The old movies are the best – I can’t remember the last time I want to a theatre to see a new one.
    Hope 2011 is off to a marvelous start for you!


  11. yvonne replied:

    Those old Busby Berkley movies were fabulous,
    you won’t see the likes of those movie sets again.
    They had real glamour.



  12. Write Girl replied:

    Magnificent post. I love the flappers and early days. One of my favorite channels is TCM so I always enjoy those classy ladies and fun musicals. Thanks for sharing!!!


  13. JuLee replied:

    Interesting that these glamour girls were so bare and sexy (side cleavage showing in photo 7) yet they were still ladies. Being from so long ago makes this much bareness seem more risque’. One of my fave films for sure.


  14. The Grumpy 1930s Musical – Silver Screenings replied:

    […] How to apply lipstick, Busby Berkeley style. Image: The Paris Apartment […]


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