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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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Carol
Aline MacMahon ...
Trixie
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Polly
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Brad
Guy Kibbee ...
Peabody
Ned Sparks ...
Barney
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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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13 BIG STARS - 5 NEW SONG HITS by Harry Warren and Al Dubin See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Musical

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27 May 1933 (USA)  »

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Golddiggers of 1933  »

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$433,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

In the early "cattle call" scene, the girls are asked to raise their skirts for the producer to appraise their legs. Fay wise-cracks "Not a calf in a carload". This was a pun on the well-known "Not a cough in a carload" slogan of Old Gold cigarettes. See more »

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At 1:18 into film Lawrence (Warren William) is on his bed with an ice pack, Peabody (Guy Kibbee) sitting next to him. Lawrence gets up and undoes the sash of his robe, but in the very next shot the sash is completely tied, as it had been before. See more »

Quotes

Trixie Lorraine: What's the show about?
Barney Hopkins: It's all about the Depression.
Carol King: We won't have to rehearse that.
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Soundtracks

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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Superb--one of the 3 best 30s musicals....
21 June 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

with 42nd Street and Footlight Parade... Snappy, risqué, funny, great cast, great music. What more could you ask for? Joan Blondell, Aline McMahon, and Ruby Keeler are the gold diggers. Warren William, Dick Powell, and Guy Kibbee are their targets. Ginger Rogers is swell singing "We're in the Money" in Pig Latin. Ned Sparks, Sterling Holloway, Charles Lane, and Billy Barty are good. Great musical numbers including the opening "We're in the Money," the terrific finale "Forgotten Man" with Blondell and Etta Moten (singing in the window); "Petting in the Park" and "In a Shadow"---Powell and Keeler.... all classics. Fun all the way......

Look for Hobart Cavanaugh, Grace Hayle, Busby Berkley, Clarence Nordstrom, and one of the roller skating cops sure looks like Jack Carson.

Aline McMahon steals the show, and what a show it is!


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