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Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 28 December 1936 (USA)
When two investors inform an opportunistic dancer that they can't fund an elderly stage producer's production, she suggests they get an insurance policy on the producer's life.

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Rosmer Peak
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J.J. Hobart
Lee Dixon ...
Boop Oglethorpe
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Morty Wethered
Charles D. Brown ...
Hugo (as Chas. D. Brown)
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Sally
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Irene
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Andy Callahan (as Wm. Davidson)
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Dr. MacDuffy
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Dr. Bell
Paul Irving ...
Dr. Warshof
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Dr. Henry
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Stage-producer J.J. Hobart, 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 Peek falls in love with ex chorus-girl Joan Blondell, who's friend Genevieve tries to land on one of J.J Hobart'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 accidentally 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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28 December 1936 (USA)  »

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Vampiresas 1937  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

(at around 20 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 »

Quotes

Genevieve Larkin: It's so hard to be good under the capitalist system!
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Crazy Credits

The usual disclaimer goes to great lengths to assure us that "The names of all characters -- The characters themselves -- The story - all incidents and institutions portrayed in this production are fictitious -- And no identification with actual persons, living or deceased, is intended or should be inferred." See more »

Connections

Featured in Three Cheers for the Girls (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Swing for Sale
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Saul Chaplin
Played when the railroad car can't be opened
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The big budget is gone, but Berkeley still comes through...
25 June 2000 | by 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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