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Director:
Writers:
Warren Duff (screen play)
Richard Maibaum (based on the play by: "Sweet Mystery of Life") ...
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Release Date:
28 December 1936 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Amusing but not great as a musical See more (18 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dick Powell ... Rosmer Peck

Joan Blondell ... 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 ... Chairman
Susan Fleming ... Lucille Bailey
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Iris Adrian ... Verna (uncredited)
Loretta Andrews ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
William Arnold ... Salesman (uncredited)
Eleanor Bayley ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Jeanne Blanche ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Sheila Bromley ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Mary Cassidy ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Irene Coleman ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Joe Cunningham ... Salesman on Train (uncredited)
Virginia Dabney ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Sheila Darcy ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Dudley Dickerson ... Porter Calling Passengers to Dinner (uncredited)
Mildred Dixon ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Don Downen ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Ruth Eddings ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Frank Faylen ... Man Shaving on Train (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston ... Salesman on Train (uncredited)
Eddie Foster ... Salesman at Station (uncredited)
June Glory ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Sue Gomes ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Lorraine Gray ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Harry Harvey ... Salesman on Train (uncredited)
Arthur Stuart Hull ... Gent (uncredited)
Amo Ingraham ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Bobby Jarvis ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
John Lester Johnson ... Driver (uncredited)
Naomi Judge ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Lucille Keeling ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Milt (uncredited)

Carole Landis ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Mildred Law ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Lois Lindsay ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Shirley Lloyd ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Helen Lynn ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Betty Mack ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Miriam Marlin ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Jane Marshall ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Carl McBride ... Dance Director (uncredited)
Betty McIvor ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Man in Hobart's Office (uncredited)
Louis Natheaux ... Salesman on Train (uncredited)
David Newell ... Salesman at Meeting (uncredited)
Jack Norton ... Singing Drunk at Party (uncredited)
Wedgwood Nowell ... Penfield (uncredited)
Beth Renner ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Naida Reynolds ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Tom Ricketts ... Reginald (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Salesman on Train (uncredited)
Jacqueline Saunders ... Nurse (uncredited)
Muriel Scheck ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Helen Seamon ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Louise Stanley ... Probationer (uncredited)
Myrtle Stedman ... Nurse (uncredited)
Charles Sylber ... Drunk at Party (uncredited)
Rose Terrell ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Snowflake (uncredited)
Victoria Vinton ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Salesman on Train (uncredited)
Marjorie Weaver ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Pat West ... Drunken Salesman (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Baggage Man (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Butler at Party (uncredited)

Jane Wyman ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Lloyd Bacon 
 
Writing credits
Warren Duff (screen play)

Richard Maibaum (based on the play by: "Sweet Mystery of Life") &
Michael Wallace (based on the play by: "Sweet Mystery of Life") &
George Haight (based on the play by: "Sweet Mystery of Life")

Produced by
Earl Baldwin .... associate producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Heinz Roemheld (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Edeson (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Thomas Richards (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Max Parker 
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Maybery .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Busby Berkeley .... musical numbers created and directed by
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Ray Heindorf .... orchestral arrangements
 
Other crew
Tom Reed .... screenplay constructor (uncredited)
 
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101 min
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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 »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: (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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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Amusing but not great as a musical, 27 October 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Dick Powell is an insurance salesman who sells a million dollar policy to a producer in "Gold Diggers of 1937" also starring Joan Blondell, Victor Moore, Osgood Perkins and Glenda Farrell. Due to bad investments by his staff, producer/hypochondriac Hobart (Moore) has no idea that the show he's planning to put on can't be financed. The men responsible for losing his money get Rosmer (Powell), an insurance salesman, to sell Hobart a $1 million policy, figuring he won't live and then the show can be done. The funniest part of the movie is when Rosmer tells his fellow insurance salesmen of his coup and then announces that Hobart is 59. "59!" one of them exclaims. "He'll never pass the physical." "We sold a policy to a 68-year-old last year," someone says, "and he passed." "Yeah," the reply is, "passed OUT." Interesting that 59 was thought of as more than 79 in the '30s. Coincidentally, Dick Powell himself died at the age of 59.

It's Rosmer's job to keep Hobart alive and it's his partners' job to help him to the pearly gates. They send in Glenda Farrell to break his heart, figuring he'll want to end it all, but things don't work out as they planned. They throw him in a pool at a party; he doesn't catch cold, nor does he drown. It's actually pretty funny.

There are some pleasant songs which Powell sings beautifully, and a big Busby Berkeley number at the end, but I imagine as this is part of a series of "Gold Digger" films, audiences wanted something more. The performances are good - chameleon Powell is a great, earnest salesman, Joan Blondell (who was either Powell's wife or about to become his wife) is adorable as a showgirl and Moore is hilarious. Glenda Farrell is a real scene-stealer with her great line delivery.

Pleasant but not much as far as musical values.

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