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Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929)

Three Broadway chorus girls seek rich husbands.

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Stephen Lee doesn't want his nephew Wally Sanders to marry chorus girl Violet Dayne, because he believes all chorus girls to be ruthless gold diggers, always chasing after the men's money. ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Beaumont
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Jerry Lamar
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Mabel
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Eleanor
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Blake
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Three Broadway chorus girls seek rich husbands.

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Girls! Songs! Dances! COLOR!

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30 August 1929 (USA)  »

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Brodvejske kopacice zlata  »

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1.37 : 1
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Four sound discs and one sound reel and trailer sound disc plus excerpts are held by the UCLA Film and Television Archives. The excerpts are also featured on a MGM/UA (Turner) release called the dawn of sound which a copy is held in the Library of Congress. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Lamar: Uncle Steve, you are wonderful!
Stephen Lee: Jerry, last night when I was in a somewhat toodle-loo condition, I said several things. I distinctly remember saying one thing. i asked you to marry me. I see now that I was a little hasty and I wish to apologize.
Jerry Lamar: Why should you apologize if you didn't mean it?
Stephen Lee: What makes you think I didn't mean it?
Jerry Lamar: I've been told that a man doesn't mean anything he says after 2 AM, when he's toodle-loo.
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Followed by Gold Diggers in Paris (1938) See more »

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Song of the Gold Diggers
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Lyrics by Al Dubin
Music by Joseph A. Burke
Copyright 1929 by M. Witmark & Sons
Sung by Nancy Welford
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Fantastic snippets from a lost treasure
13 January 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I have heard portions of the Vitaphone soundtrack in the past and recently seen the extant film clips featuring Nick Lucas singing "Tip toe through the tulips" and the Finale. Whilst these musical numbers are not like the grand designs as later seen in Busby Berkeley cinematic choreographed numbers they are still spectacular and more like one would see on a real stage. The action is fast and breezy. The costumes and sets look gorgeous. Warners did a great job despite the limitations of early colour and sound movies.

The finale is a reprise of most of the featured songs that were in the film. The colours though muted still look fantastic and there is tremendous energy and life in the dancers. Nancy Welford blew me away with her charm when singing the "Song of the Gold Diggers" in the Finale. I never appreciated "Tip toe through the tulips" until I saw this original version. Keep humming it all the time now. Does anyone know who the lovely lady is that Nick Lucas is serenading? I think it could be Lilyan Tashman who passed way several years after making this film.

Given the success of the stage remake of 42nd Street, it would not be a bad idea if this film was also revived into a stage show. All the ingredients for success are there. The mystique of a lost treasure, a snappy story with a suite of fantastic musical numbers and easily adaptable for the stage. The dialogue and songs still exist on Vitaphone disks and we have a feel of what the film looked like from the clips. It would be a fantastic visual experience to see it in similar two strip Technicolor hues as in the film. All pastels, pinks, greens, turquoise, browns, sepia, reds, oranges and gold. Would make a surreal visual experience.


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