Gold Diggers of 1933

Gold Diggers of 1933

Director: Mervyn LeRoy Cast: Warren William, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon


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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, Footlight Parade.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/2017
UPC: 0888574551384
Original Release: 1933
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 22,121

Special Features

2 featurettes: ; 42nd Street: from book to screen to stage; Gold Diggers: FDR's new deal..Broadway bound ; 3 vintage featurettes: ; The 42nd Street special; Rambling 'Round radio row #2; Seasoned greetings; 3 vintage cartoons: ; I've got to sing a torch song; Pettin' in the park; We're in the money; Busby Berkeley musicals trailer gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Warren William J. Lawrence Bradford
Joan Blondell Carol King
Aline MacMahon Trixie Lorraine
Ruby Keeler Polly Parker
Dick Powell Brad Roberts,Robert Treat Bradford
Guy Kibbee Thaniel H. Peabody
Ned Sparks Barney Hopkins
Ginger Rogers Fay Fortune
Clarence Nordstrom Don Gordon
Robert Agnew Dance Director
Tammany Young Gigolo Eddie
Sterling Holloway Messenger Boy
Ferdinand Gottschalk Clubman
Eddie Foster Zipky's Kentucky Hill Billies--2nd Man
Lynn Browning Gold Digger Girl
Maxine Cantway Actor
Jayne Shadduck Actor
Charles Wilson Deputy
Billy Barty "Pettin' in the Park" Baby
Fred "Snowflake" Toones Fred Toones
Theresa Harris Black Couple
Joan Barclay Chorus Girl
Wallace MacDonald Stage Manager
Wilbur Mack Society Reporter
Grace Hayle Society Reporter
Sam Godfrey Society Reporter
Hobart Cavanaugh Dog Salesman
Jay Eaton Diner
Busby Berkeley Call Boy
Billy West Medal of Honor Winner
Fred Kelsey Detective Jones
Etta Moten "Forgotten Man" Singer
Frank Mills 1st Forgotten Man
Renee Whitney Gold Digger
Bonnie Bannon Gold Digger
Alice Jans Gold Digger
Loretta Andrews Gold Digger
Muriel Gordon Gold Digger
Pat Wing Gold Digger
Anne Hovey Gold Digger
June Glory Gold Digger
Lorena Layson Gold Digger
Monica Bannister Gold Digger
Amo Ingraham Gold Digger
Dorothy Coonan Gold Digger
Charles Lane Society Reporter
William "Wild Bill" Elliott Dance Extra
Dennis O'Keefe Extra During Intermission
Dorothy White Dancer

Technical Credits
Mervyn LeRoy Director
George J. Amy Editor
Busby Berkeley Choreography
David Boehm Screenwriter
Alexis Dubin Songwriter
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Erwin S. Gelsey Screenwriter
Anton Grot Art Director
Nathan Levinson Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Lord Producer
Ben Markson Screenwriter
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Sol Polito Cinematographer
James Seymour Screenwriter
Jack L. Warner Producer
Harry Warren Score Composer,Songwriter
Perc Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Gold Diggers of 1933
1. Credits. [1:00]
2. We're In The Money. [2:42]
3. The Depression, Dearie. [4:17]
4. Dibs For Dress-Up. [2:01]
5. The Shadow Waltz (1). [2:28]
6. I've Got To Sing A Torch Song. [5:23]
7. A Show But No Money. [3:28]
8. Money Man. [5:21]
9. Pettin' In The Park. [1:26]
10. Trixie's Suspicion. [2:03]
11. Opening Night Substitute. [3:58]
12. Pettin' In The Park (2). [7:48]
13. Gold Diggers Present And Past. [4:44]
14. Parasitic Showgirls. [4:51]
15. Double Hat Trick. [4:49]
16. Attack Of Chiseling. [2:18]
17. Two Fannys. [3:56]
18. Let's Dance. [3:29]
19. All A Misunderstanding. [2:11]
20. Sleeping In Her Bed. [4:42]
21. Change Of Heart. [3:33]
22. True Love. [4:49]
23. The Shadow Waltz (2). [6:34]
24. Three Happy Couples. [2:20]
25. Remember By Forgotten Man. [7:06]

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