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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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"A Woman's Got To Have A Man" See more (65 total) »

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)
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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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97 min (Turner library print)
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Trivia:
The play "The Gold Diggers" by Avery Hopwood opened at the Lyceum Theatre in New York on 30 September 1919 and closed in June 1920 after 282 performances. The opening night cast included Ina Claire and Lilyan Tashman.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:
Faneul H. Peabody:[Fay squeals when Trixie kicks her under the table] What's the matter?
Trixie Lorraine:Oh nothing, Fay had an attack of chiseling, it's chronic with her.
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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
"A Woman's Got To Have A Man", 24 December 1999
Author: Michael Coy (michael.coy@virgin.net) from London, England

Made in the year when the global economic crash hit rock bottom, and the first signs of recovery began to appear, 'Gold Diggers' is very much a product of the Depression. Bread lines and penury are all around, but there is a jaunty air of optimism, too: "the long-lost dollar has come back to the fold".

Polly, Trixie and Carol are three vivacious and attractive showgirls who room together and scrape a precarious living by getting hired for each new Broadway musical as it crops up, and riding their luck until it closes - which is often before it even opens. On the fringe of their group hovers Fay, the smart blonde with the waspish tongue (Ginger Rogers).

The girls are 'gold diggers' in that they waste no opportunity to batten onto rich men. It is hinted during the course of the film that showgirls inhabit a shadowy region on the borders of prostitution, and the harsh economic realities of 1933 force the girls to regard their good looks as a marketable commodity.

A kind of innocent carnality runs through the film. Our three heroines actually sleep together. Fay thinks nothing of changing clothes with Carol, and she gets her backside slapped several times - by both men AND women. Trixie bathes with the door wide open, while Carol preens herself in the scantiest of negligees. The girls contrive to embarrass a rich snob by having him wake up undressed in Carol's bed. The script is loaded with playful smuttiness - taking 'Back Bay codfish' for a ride, making bedroom eyes and so forth.

It is in the show numbers, however, that the real naughtiness is on display. Busby Berkeley had had a phenomenal impact earlier in the year with his staged routines for "42nd Street", and a similar (but more risque) format is used here. Girls strip naked in silhouette, Ginger sings and dances all but nude for "We're In The Money", and metal chastity bodices are breached using can openers.

Ruby Murray and Dick Powell once again team up as the ingenue lovers, this time playing Brad and Polly - "a knockout for the mush interest". Murray is all coy charm and Powell's tenor voice is magnificent. Ginger is, as always, a beautiful and intelligent performer. Watch her pull off the gibberish verses in 'Money', and breezing through the comic dialogue in the apartment scene. Joan Blondell as Carol is simply adorable. Her sad face during the trick played on Lawrence is enough to tell us that she is falling in love. Her performance as The Spirit Of The Depression in "My Forgotten Man" is one of the great images in cinema history.

Warren and Dubin wrote the songs - and what songs! There are amusing, playful numbers like "Pettin' In The Park", with Berkeley choreography to match, and "We're In The Money" is deservedly famous. "In The Shadows" is a lovely ballad, with a set of geodesic walkways and electrically-illuminated violins. The spine-tingling climax is the anthemic "My Forgotten Man".

"Pettin' In The Park" was originally intended to be the closing number (hence Polly in her park outfit during the final reel), but the running-order was changed. A reprise of "Pettin'" as aural wallpaper in the restaurant scene is an understated gem, with a lovely arrangement featuring muted cornets. In a nice little in-joke, the producer likes Brad's songs so much, he decides to fire Warren and Dubin. By the way - who is the girl who sits silently in the armchair throughout that long scene?

The conception for "My Forgotten Man" was "men marching, marching, marching!" A sweeping epic is told in song and action as we see breadlines, tenements, Great War doughboys and much, much more - all in one song! Joan Blondell deters the heartless cop by pulling back the bum's lapel in a vignette of great emotional power. The musical styles range through torch song, jazz, blues and more. Listen out for the trumpet's counter melody as Joan speaks the verses, the negress on the window sill with the divine alto voice, the clarinet and sax obbligato after each sung line, and the gospel-style descant. "Gee, don't it get ya?"

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