Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Musical  |  27 May 1933 (USA)
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Millionaire turned composer Dick Powell rescues unemployed Broadway people with a new play.



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Chorus girls Polly, Carol and Trixie are ecstatic when they learn that Broadway producer Barney Hopkins is putting on a new show. He promises all of the girls parts in the new show and even hires their neighbor Brad Roberts, an unknown composer, to write some of the music. There's only one problem: he doesn't have the money to bankroll it all. That problem is solved when Brad turns out to be quite rich but he insists that he not perform. When opening night comes, the juvenile lead can't go on forcing Brad to take the stage. He's recognized of course and his upper crust family wants him to quit. When he refuses, they tell him to end his relationship with Polly or face having his income cut off. When Brad's snobbish brother Lawrence mistakes Carol for Polly, the girls decide to have a bit of fun and teach him a lesson. Written by garykmcd

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300 Gorgeous GIRLS Hand-picked from more than 5000 applicants. Each a perfect example of feminine beauty...Add these 300 beauties to the 13 stars, 5 song hits and 4 glittering ensembles and you'll know why we call this picture "THE SHOW of a THOUSAND WONDERS" See more »


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Release Date:

27 May 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Golddiggers of 1933  »

Box Office


$433,000 (estimated)

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(Turner library print)

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1.37 : 1
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One of the neon-outlined violins used in the Shadow Waltz number is on display in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. See more »


During the violin sequence, the cord for the lights on the violin disappears and reappears throughout. See more »


Barney Hopkins: Who are you?
The Kentucky Hillbillies: The Kentucky Hillbillies.
Barney Hopkins: Who?
The Kentucky Hillbillies: The Kentucky Hillbillies.
Kentucky Hillbilly #1: Singing!
Kentucky Hillbilly #2: Dancing!
Kentucky Hillbilly #3: Music!
Kentucky Hillbilly #4: Wisecracks!
Barney Hopkins: Do you know Your Old Kentucky Home?
The Kentucky Hillbillies: You said it!
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Referenced in RKO 281 (1999) See more »


I've Got to Sing a Torch Song
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Dick Powell
Played also as dance music
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Forgotten Musical Gem
8 June 2001 | by (Charlotte, NC USA) – See all my reviews

Mervyn LeRoy directs this irresistible and touching depression-era musical. Busby Berkeley's choreography is as breath-taking as ever, as are the bevy of beautiful women in the elaborate productions. Many great musical numbers highlight this film including "We're in the Money" in which a then unknown, Ginger Rogers sings in Pig Latin. A host of other oddities can be found as always when Mr. Berkeley is involved. Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell are sensational as dancing and singing lovebirds and all works out well in the end. The show does close on a noticeably strange note with the very powerful protest number regarding the depression called "Forgotten Man" masterfully delivered by bombshell, Joan Blondell. A truly original and memorable musical.

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