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Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  28 December 1936 (USA)
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Stage-producer J.J. Horbart, is going to put on a new show, but he doesn't know that his two partners lost the money at the stock market. Insurance salesman Rosmer Peck falls in love with ... See full summary »

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Norma Perry
Glenda Farrell ...
Genevieve Larkin
Victor Moore ...
J.J. Hobart
Lee Dixon ...
Boop Oglethorpe
Osgood Perkins ...
Morty Wethered
Charles D. Brown ...
Hugo (as Chas. D. Brown)
Rosalind Marquis ...
Sally
Irene Ware ...
Irene
William B. Davidson ...
Andy Callahan (as Wm. Davidson)
Olin Howland ...
Dr. MacDuffy
Charles Halton ...
Dr. Bell
Paul Irving ...
Dr. Warshof
Harry C. Bradley ...
Dr. Henry
Joseph Crehan ...
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Stage-producer J.J. Horbart, is going to put on a new show, but he doesn't know that his two partners lost the money at the stock market. Insurance salesman Rosmer Peck falls in love with ex chorus-girl Joan Blondell, who's friend Genevieve tries to land on one of J.J Horbat's partners. They come up with the idea to insure J.J. for $1 Million, to get the money back when he dies. Rosmer sells him the policy. After the insurance Company finds out that he's only a hypochondriac, an attempt to kill him accidently fails, and Genevieve falls in love with J.J. But when J.J. is informed that he is putting on a show with no money he has a breakdown. The only possibility to restore his health is putting on the show, in spite of the lack of money. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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The song "Hush Mah Mouth" by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg was written for the picture but not used in the final print. See more »

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(at around 1 min) A string used to make a stack of books fall onto Dick Powell's head is clearly visible against the white paper background. See more »

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Followed by Gold Diggers in Paris (1938) See more »

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Life Insurance Song
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Sung by Dick Powell and ensemble
Played by a Marching Band
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The big budget is gone, but Berkeley still comes through...
25 June 2000 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

The snappy dialogue and pace of Berkeley's previous films are not to be found here--GD of '37 feels more like a Republic musical than a Warners one. The bankroll went to the one big Berkeley number at the end--"All Is Fair In Love and War." It's a simple piece, lines of chorus girls dressed in white against a shiny black floor, but it is simply astonishing (the song is pretty catchy too). There is also a nice little number with Powell and Blondell called "Speaking of The Weather"--an interesting attempt to seamlessly integrate a musical number into the plot. Among the mistakes (besides the script) is the short-shrift given to the best, most popular song in the film--"With Plenty of Money and You."


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