Bradford Ropes

Bradford Ropes (January 1, 1905 – November 21, 1966) was a prolific novelist and screenwriter whose work includes the novel 42nd Street that was adapted for the 1933 film of the same name and then a Tony Award winning musical, also of the same name.[1] His next novel, Stage Mother in 1933 was also adapted to film.[2] He also wrote many Western stories as well as screenplays for Abbott and Costello.

Ropes was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He died in the Wollaston section of Quincy, Massachusetts.

Ropes wrote in 1932 that America was still waiting for the "Uncle Tom's Cabin of the chorus girl."[3]


  1. James, Rian; Seymour, James (18 May 1980). "42nd Street". Univ of Wisconsin Press via Google Books.
  2. Barrios, Richard (1995). A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195088113. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  3. Graham, T. Austin (31 January 2013). "The Great American Songbooks: Musical Texts, Modernism, and the Value of Popular Culture". OUP USA via Google Books.
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