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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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One of the last great Berkeley extravaganzas, and eerily prescient about modern American history. 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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With Plenty of Money and YouSee more »

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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
One of the last great Berkeley extravaganzas, and eerily prescient about modern American history., 26 June 2001
Author: Alice Liddel (-darragh@excite.com) from dublin, ireland

Busby Berkeley's films are the most concentrated tease in the history of movies. it is over an hour into 'Gold Diggers of 1937' before we get any real meat - an astonishing, gossamer-erotic Gatsby-orgy filmed in the manner of Riefenstahl, all glowing Aryan bodies with their glistening mammillae, and idealised framing; with the kind of multi-character cutting of a song Paul Thomas Anderson would borrow for 'Magnolia'; and a magnificent extended tap-dance leading to an agreeable Berkeley fancy, the huge male dancer hand-standing over a bridge of female arms like a fly evading a web - after two tantalising duets featuring Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler that threaten to explode into full-blown imaginative hysteria, but are cut short.

Of course, this is the Berkeley method - coitus interruptus - and our deferred gratification is mirrored in a plot where the hero must prove himself worthy of the heroine before he can have her; the final extravaganza thus functions as a sexual/marriage rite, concluding in a consummating kiss. And what an extravaganza it is - less overt than '1935', but full of fetishised phallic implements, swirling clitoral circles and rocking chairs. Against a sharp black background, our phosphorescent heroes play out their immemorial rites, the heterosexual struggle linked to war (and not to the men's advantage). This idea leads to some striking sequences, including a priapic cannon with a pair of adjacent ball-piles, and a scene of 'trench' warfare, where the skirted female soldiers in 'No Man's Land' triumph through a blitzkrieg of firearms and perfume. There is no way actual sex could ever be better than this.

It is traditional in celebrating Busby Berkeley movies to denigrate the plots as amiable, necessary time-passers before the visual disruption. I always find them highly entertaining, and '1937' has one of the best: an excellently plotted farce combining gold-diggers, an inept salesman, a hypochondriac theatre impressario and his corrupt sidekicks.

This fun plot is noticeable for two things - the extraordinary sexual honesty that persists in spite of Messrs. Hays' and Breen's best efforts: this is a Depression where a woman must prostitute herself for a meal, never mind a marriage; as Glenda Farrell says 'It is so hard to be good under the capitalistic system' (!). The film opens with Powell insisting on the link between financial security and marriage, and the glistening sea of gold moistening the opening credits certainly have a sexual force.

More enjoyable is the portrait of the two heels who try to kill their boss having lost all his money in a Stock Exchange scam, hoping to cash in on his insurance. this kind of plot is quite shocking in such a genre, and we are expected to laugh at various unsuccessful murder attempts (and we do: the whispers for help when they hurl JJ into the pool are hilarious). These are not cartoon villains but the kind of middle-aged, middle class men we might meet in film noir or the novels of Simenon, men whose souls have been made hard by routine, and the American insistence on success. They would have made good collaborators.

In 1933, the 'Gold Diggers' poignantly recorded the effects of the Depression: things haven't really improved four years later, but, significantly, the idea is emerging that if you throw enough razzmatazz, noise, bands and empty phrases at a problem it will go away. it's not for nothing that the two leads are an insurance man and an actress. Powell is amiable in a silly moustache, sillier name and a cheerful pessimism; Blondell is bubbly and serious and lovely as ever; the revelation, however, are Glenda Farrell, convincingly transforming from cynical modern woman to accomplice of scoundrels to loving wife; and Victor Moore, as the inimitable, whining, lonely JJ.

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