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Director:
Writers:
Erwin S. Gelsey (screenplay)
James Seymour (screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 May 1933 (USA) See more »
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The Biggest Show On Earth! See more »
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Millionaire turned composer Dick Powell rescues unemployed Broadway people with a new play. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Warren William ... Lawrence

Joan Blondell ... Carol
Aline MacMahon ... Trixie

Ruby Keeler ... Polly

Dick Powell ... Brad
Guy Kibbee ... Peabody
Ned Sparks ... Barney

Ginger Rogers ... Fay
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Agnew ... Dance Director (uncredited)
Loretta Andrews ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Monica Bannister ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Bonnie Bannon ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Joan Barclay ... Gold Digger (uncredited)

Billy Barty ... Baby in 'Pettin' in the Park' Number (uncredited)

Busby Berkeley ... Call Boy (uncredited)
Eric Blore ... Complaining Club Member (uncredited)
Audrene Brier ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Lynn Browning ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Edna Callahan ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Maxine Cantway ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Margaret Cathew ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Dog Salesman (uncredited)
Kathy Cunningham ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Virginia Dabney ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Mildred Dixon ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Patricia Douglas ... Dancer (uncredited)
Shirley Dunstead ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Diner (uncredited)
Bill Elliott ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Gloria Faythe ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
June Glory ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Sam Godfrey ... Society Reporter (uncredited)
Muriel Gordon ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Clubman (uncredited)
Ebba Hally ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Theresa Harris ... Woman in Couple (uncredited)
Grace Hayle ... Society Reporter (uncredited)

Sterling Holloway ... Second Messenger Boy with Hat (uncredited)
Ann Hovey ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Amo Ingraham ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Alice Jans ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... Detective Jones (uncredited)
Adele Lacy ... Gold Digger (uncredited)

Charles Lane ... Society Reporter (uncredited)
Lorena Layson ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Cynthia Lindsay ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Wallace MacDonald ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Society Reporter (uncredited)
Mae Madison ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... The Forgotten Man (uncredited)
Etta Moten ... Remember My Forgotten Man Singer (uncredited)
Clarence Nordstrom ... Don Gordon (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Ty Parvis ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Donna Mae Roberts ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Churchill Ross ... Small Blond Man (uncredited)
Jayne Shadduck ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Bee Stevens ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Anita Thomson ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Man in Couple (uncredited)
Dorothy Coonan Wellman ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Billy West ... Medal Winner - 'Remember My Forgotten Man' Number (uncredited)
Dorothy White ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Renee Whitney ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Charles C. Wilson ... Deputy (uncredited)
Pat Wing ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Jack Wise ... Mystery Man with Bob at Stage Door (uncredited)

Jane Wyman ... Gold Digger (uncredited)
Tammany Young ... Gigolo Eddie (uncredited)

Directed by
Mervyn LeRoy 
 
Writing credits
Erwin S. Gelsey (screenplay) (as Erwin Gelsey) &
James Seymour (screenplay)

David Boehm (dialogue) &
Ben Markson (dialogue)

Avery Hopwood (based on a play by)

Produced by
Robert Lord .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... producer
Raymond Griffith .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Sol Polito (photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Amy 
 
Art Direction by
Anton Grot 
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Lueker .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Nathan Levinson .... recordist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Joyce .... second camera (uncredited)
Buddy Longworth .... still photographer (uncredited)
Speed Mitchell .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
Ray Heindorf .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Busby Berkeley .... numbers created and directed by
Robert Lord .... supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
97 min (Turner library print)
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:"Fanny" is Faneul H. Peabody, just the kind of man I've been looking for, lots of money and no resistance.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in "The Great Depression" (1993)See more »
Soundtrack:
Remember My Forgotten ManSee more »

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57 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
Great Pre-Code Stuff, 25 January 2006

This is the most perfect example of "history on the silver screen" that I can think of. When Ginger Rogers says, "It's the Depression, dearie" at the beginning to explain the chorus girls' bad luck, it's the key to the whole film. While the "Shadow Waltz" number was being filmed during an actual 1933 earthquake in L.A. a number of the girls toppled off the Art Deco "overpass" where they were swaying with their filmy hoop skirts and their neon violins short-circuited. The electrical hook-ups were also rather dangerous, especially if the neon bows came in contact with the girls' metallic wigs in that number. The culminating production number, "Remember My Forgotten Man," is the most significant historically and illustrates Warner Bros.' "New Deal" sensibilities. Warner Bros. was the only studio that "bought" the whole Roosevelt approach to economic recovery. The year before, under Hoover, WWI vets were not only neglected in terms of benefits but were run out of their shanty town near the Capitol building. Starving guys were camping on the edges of most communities who'd served in the Great War fifteen years before. Of course, why or how this number fits into such a '30s girlie-type musical revue is anyone's guess. Berkeley never looked for reality, just eye-popping surrealistic effects.

About ten years ago I found myself sitting next to Etta Moten Barnett at a Chicago NAACP banquet. I was flabbergasted. She was in her 90s yet still looked lovely. She's the singer who sang "Forgotten Man" in the window. She also sang "The Carioca" in Astaire and Rogers' first pairing, "Flying Down to Rio." She was quite gracious, though she did not have wonderful things to say about Hollywood of that era. The African Americans in both pictures were fed in a tent away from the general commissary area.

Ruby Keeler has a certain odd-ball appeal, like a homely puppy. She can't sing, she watches her leaden feet while she dances, and almost all her lines are read badly. Yes, she was married to Al Jolson, but that may have HURT her career more than anything. He was not exactly always likable. He was much older than Ruby and so full of himself.

This film is also a classic example of the PRE-CODE stuff that was slipping by---the leering "midget baby" (Billy Barty), the naked girls in silhouette changing into their "armor," the non-stop flashing of underwear or lack of underwear, Ginger Rogers having her large coin torn off by the sheriff's office mug so she's essentially standing there in panties, and so forth.

A good comparison of before and after the code would be to examine this picture and "Gold Diggers of 1935." The latter is so much more chaste, discreet, and less fascinating except for the numbers. There's not the lurid, horny aura of the Pre-Code pictures. And it's not quite as much naughty fun, either.

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