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Gold Diggers of 1933 Details

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The second talkie version of the Avery Hopwood's theatrical war-horse The Golddiggers of Broadway, Gold Diggers of 1933 was the second of three back-to-back 1933 Warner Bros. musicals benefiting from the genius of Busby Berkeley. The basic plot is retained from the Hopwood play: Showgirls Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler and Aline McMahon attempt to find financial backing for the new show planned by producer Ned Sparks. Songwriter Dick Powell, an incognito man of wealth, offers to put up the money, a fact that brings down the wrath of his older brother Warren William, who despises show folk. Attempting to buy off the three girls, William is placed in a compromising position by the crafty Blondell and is compelled to bankroll the musical himself. The oddest aspect of Gold Diggers of 1933 is the fact that the mood of the songs is wildly at variance with the plot. The film begins with dozens of chorus girls (led by Ginger Rogers) happily chirping "We're In the Money", a rehearsal number interrupted when the finance men burst in to claim the sets and props from the impoverished troupe. At the end, when everyone is genuinely in the money, the troupe stages a downbeat "Brother Can You Spare A Dime"-style production number, "Remember My Forgotten Man"--and it is on this doleful indictment of the Depression that the film fades out! Other Berkeley-staged musical highlights include "Pettin' in the Park" (yes, that salacious little baby really is Billy Barty) and the neon-dominated "Shadow Waltz", all written by the prolific Harry Warren and Al Dubin. As spectacular as Gold Diggers of 1933 was, it would be topped by the last of Berkeley's 1933 trilogy, Harry Warren ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:May 27, 1933

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nathan Levinson Best Sound 1932 Nominee

Cast

Warren William
as J. Lawrence Bradford
Joan Blondell
as Carol King
Aline MacMahon
as Trixie Lorraine
Ruby Keeler
as Polly Parker
Dick Powell
as Brad Roberts
Guy Kibbee
as Thaniel H. Peabody
Ned Sparks
as Barney Hopkins
Ginger Rogers
as Fay Fortune
Clarence Nordstrom
as Don Gordon
Robert Agnew
as Dance Director
Tammany Young
as Gigolo Eddie
Sterling Holloway
as Messenger Boy
Ferdinand Gottschalk
as Clubman
Dick Powell
as Robert Treat Bradford
Charles Wilson
as Deputy
Billy Barty
as "Pettin' in the Park" Baby
Fred "Snowflake" Toones
as Fred Toones
Theresa Harris
as Black Couple
Wallace MacDonald
as Stage Manager
Wilbur Mack
as Society Reporter
Grace Hayle
as Society Reporter
Sam Godfrey
as Society Reporter
Hobart Cavanaugh
as Dog Salesman
Jay Eaton
as Diner
Busby Berkeley
as Call Boy
Fred Kelsey
as Detective Jones
Frank Mills
as 1st Forgotten Man
Renee Whitney
as Gold Digger
Bonnie Bannon
as Gold Digger
Charles Lane
as Society Reporter
William "Wild Bill" Elliott
as Dance Extra
Dennis O'Keefe
as Extra During Intermission
Dorothy White
as Dancer
Busby Berkeley
as Call Boy
Charles Lane
as Society Reporter
Theresa Harris
as Black Couple
Renee Whitney
as Gold Digger
Fred Kelsey
as Detective Jones
Wilbur Mack
as Society Reporter
Dennis O'Keefe
as Extra During Intermission
Frank Mills
as 1st Forgotten Man
Dick Powell
as Robert Treat Bradford
Sam Godfrey
as Society Reporter
Wallace MacDonald
as Stage Manager
Grace Hayle
as Society Reporter
Jay Eaton
as Diner
William "Wild Bill" Elliott
as Dance Extra
Hobart Cavanaugh
as Dog Salesman
Fred "Snowflake" Toones
as Fred Toones
Charles Wilson
as Deputy
Bonnie Bannon
as Gold Digger
Billy Barty
as "Pettin' in the Park" Baby

Crew

Mervyn LeRoy
Director
Jack L. Warner
Producer
Robert Lord
Producer
Avery Hopwood
Play Author
Ben Markson
Screenwriter
Ben Markson
Dialogue Writer
Sol Polito
Cinematographer
Harry Warren
Composer (Music Score)
Harry Warren
Songwriter
Leo F. Forbstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
Alexis Dubin
Songwriter
George J. Amy
Editor
Anton Grot
Art Director
Orry-Kelly
Costume Designer
Nathan Levinson
Sound/Sound Designer
Busby Berkeley
Choreography
Perc Westmore
Makeup
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