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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 »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life Insurance See more (18 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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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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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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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Speaking of the WeatherSee more »

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Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life Insurance, 17 August 2001
Author: lugonian from Kissimmee, Florida

GOLD DIGGERS OF 1937 (Warner Brothers, 1936), directed by Lloyd Bacon, is the third musical in the yearly-titled series with the choreography by Busby Berkeley. Released in theaters as a Christmas attraction of 1936, I find it to be a notch below the 1935 edition and no where near as good as the one of 1933, but still acceptable entertainment, highlighted with a show-stopping musical finale.

The story begins at a convention in Atlantic City where Andy Callahan (William B. Davidson) of Good Life Insurance Company tries to encourage his salesmen to go out and sell. Rosmer "Ross" Peek (Dick Powell) and "Boop" Oglethorpe (Lee Dixon, in his feature film debut) are his two top insurance salesmen who lead the men into singing their way to the train station for their destination being New York City. While on the train, Boop becomes acquainted with a Southern gal named Sally (Rosalind Marquis); Ross meets up with Norma Perry (Joan Blondell), a stranded showgirl accompanied by Genevieve Larkin (Glenda Farrell), who in turn meets Monty Wethered (Osgood Perkins, father of Anthony Perkins), a crooked backer of JJ Hobart Productions. Rosmer helps Norma by offering her a position as his secretary at the insurance firm. As for Genevieve, she joins forces with Monty's assistant, Mr. Hugo (Charles D. Brown), another chiseler who has pocketed and lost most of Hobart's investments. They want to get the 59-year-old theatrical bachelor producer, JJ Hobart (Victor Moore) to take on an insurance policy by having Genevieve arrange to have Norma get Ross to meet up with him. After Hobart passes the million dollar insurance policy physical with Ross hired as his agent, Monty and Hugo try their best to see that Hobart meets with an "accident." But when all else fails, Hobart eventually does land in the hospital after Genevieve has a change of heart and tells him the truth. It is then up to the younger crowd, who feel that Hobart might die, to do away with the crooks Monty and Hugo and help put Hobart's upcoming show together.

Songs featured include: "The Life Insurance Song," "Speaking of the Weather" and "Let's Put Our Heads Together" By E.Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen; "With Plenty of Money and You" and "All's Fair in Love and War" by Harry Warren and Al Dubin. Dick Powell, with his pencil-thin mustache, sings "With Plenty of Money and You" before the opening titled cast and credits. He reprises the hit money song to Blondell later on in the story as he accompanies her home from their dinner date. "Speaking of the Weather" also gets to be heard twice, first in the insurance office sung by Powell to Blondell, later sung by guests at the pool and garden party with Lee Dixon doing his "puppet on a string" tap-dancing solo. Also sung during the party sequence is "Let's Put Our Heads Together" (a pretty tune introduced by Powell). Of the songs presented, "All's Fair in Love and War" is the only number not part of the storyline. It's a ten minute staged production, part of the JJ Hobart Revue, compliments of Busby Berkeley and his display of chorus girls marching in military fashion and flag waving. This well choreographed finale was nominated for Best Dance Direction, and one of the few highlights of the film.

Victor Moore, a pudgy bald character actor of numerous comedies, comes off best here. Besides being an amusing comedian whose catch phrase if, "Life begins at 59," the scene that stands out most is the moment he gets sentimental in telling gold-digger Genevieve (Farrell) of he being a lonely old man of the theater whose life has now been fulfilled by her presence in making him feel young again, and now wanting to marry her. Even Farrell manages to present herself as a gold-digger with a heart of gold, and she carries this particular scene well without making it appear silly. As for Powell, his character at times appears to be more foolish than funny, but makes up for it during the romantic and singing spots.

THE GOLD DIGGERS OF 1937 became available on DVD in 2008, and can bee seen broadcast on Turner Classic Movies. Look fast for a young Jane Wyman in the early portion of the movie with one line, "Happy days are here again" as she and other show girls watch a parade of insurance men entering the train, and Susan Fleming (Mrs. Harpo Marx) in a small role as a secretary billed as Lucille. (***)

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