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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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Tagline:
The Biggest Show On Earth! See more »
Plot:
Millionaire turned composer Dick Powell rescues unemployed Broadway people with a new play. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
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The best of the Warren/Dubin/Berkley musicals 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:
Following his quip about Warren and Dubin, Barney Hopkins (Ned Sparks) refers to "the Astaires" in pointing out theatrical excellence. Fred Astaire and his sister Adele Astaire had been the reigning brother/sister duo on Broadway until Adele's retirement the previous year. Ginger Rogers, soon to become Mr. Astaire's screen partner at RKO, is in this scene in which Fred and Adele are mentioned.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Brad plays piano for Mr. Hopkins, his fingers don't match the sound of the piano.See more »
Quotes:
J. Lawrence Bradford:Every time you say 'Cheap and Vulgar' I'm going to kiss you.
Carol King:Cheap and Vulgar!
[kiss]
Carol King:Cheap and Vulgar!
[kiss]
Carol King:Cheap and Vulgar!
[long kiss]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Off the Record (1939)See more »
Soundtrack:
Forgive Me for Loving YouSee more »

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23 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
The best of the Warren/Dubin/Berkley musicals, 18 June 2004
Author: d_john2 from Oregon

Even better than the splendid "42nd Street," this first of the many "Gold Diggers" films is hitting on all its cylinders. When you have Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, and Ginger Rogers in the cast, the music of Harry Warren and Al Dubin, AND the choreography of Busby Berkley at his best, how can it be otherwise.

Okay, so Ruby Keeler still can't sing on key and her stomping dance style leaves many cold. She does still have that aura of innocence that helped her so much in "42nd Street" and which makes her performance tolerable. She does have the magnificent Joan Blondell and the soon-to-be-legendary Ginger Rogers to fall back on and, believe me, both ladies are more than equal to the task. (I have long believed that Blondell was one of the finest comic actresses in Hollywood history and Ginger Rogers - well, there was a reason Fred Astaire partnered with her more than with any other. No one could do musical comedy and dance better than Rogers at her peak.)

Yes, Berkley is an acquired taste. I find much of his later work a bit too precious for my tastes. Here, however, where he was still developing his style, it comes across as fresh and invigorating. Some of the numbers could have used a bit more rehearsal (low budget and a short shooting schedule probably nixed that) but they still all work and some are astonishingly good.

Dick Powell is, as usual, splendid and in great voice. Those of us who remember his later career as an award winning dramatic actor and director may not be aware that he was originally a singer - and a damned fine one until cigarette smoking and age took its toll.

Many might be a bit shocked by the bawdiness (naughtiness?) of some of the numbers. This was one of the pre-Hayes code films and it one of the reasons why certain groups of viewers were upset. None of it is dirty but some certainly disturbing to the sensitive. (See "Flying Down to Rio" or "Footlight Parade" for other examples of pre-code examples.) I find it all pretty tame but, in 1933, some considered this scandalous and nearly pornographic. We are talking skimpy clothing and innuendo, nothing more, but this was the 1930s and censorship was getting ready to rear its ugly heads. (See Chaplin's masterful "Monsieur Verdoux" for his not-so-subtle jabs at censorship.)

"Gold Diggers of 1933" is a certified classic and should not be missed by fans of the musical or early Hollywood. Just remember that its a product of its time and not the present age and enjoy it for what it is.

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