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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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Rosmer Peck
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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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Many actors listed in studio records as appearing in this film are not seen in the final print. These are, with their character names: George Beranger (Pawnshop Proprietor), Antonio Filauri (Chef), Harrison Greene (Creditor), Gordon Hart (White), Max Hoffman Jr. (Salesman), Selmer Jackson (Speculator), Frances Morris (Hospital Telephone Operator), Jack Mower (Bartender), Cliff Saum (Conductor), George Sorel (Costumer) and Bobby Watson (Salesman). 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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Follows Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) See more »

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Love, What Are You Doing to My Heart?
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Tibor Bárczy
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An Enjoyable Ride, But No Brass Ring
21 May 2004 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Warner Bros. trots out its Gold Diggers concept again in this amusing little musical which serves largely as a wistful reminder of the fun & vivacity of the original pre-Code feature. Perhaps Dick Powell's smarmy little mustache, seen immediately after the opening credits, should have been enough to signal that things were different now.

The plot of every Gold Digger film is centered around its music. The songs here are pleasant, but unmemorable and the Busby Berkeley spectacle--'All's Fair In Love And War'--reveals the Master at his repose, his choreographed rocking chairs and banners not quite registering the requisite pizzazz one remembers from his earlier classics.

Powell tries his hardest to ingratiate, but his preppy days appear to be passing and casting him as an insurance salesman is a bit of a ho-hum. Lots of fun, however, can be found with Warner's two sensational brassy blondes, Joan Blondell & Glenda Farrell, in their final film together. Still wisecracking & sassy, they grab the movie's best dialogue and run off with it, giving some laughter to their comedy duo swan song. Comic Victor Moore shines as a cranky impresario with a bad case of hypochondria.

Sharp-eyed movie mavens will spot Fred ‘Snowflake' Toones as a shoe shine attendant; Jane Wyman as an excited chorus girl at the station; and Frank Faylen as a man shaving on the train, all unbilled.


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