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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 »
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Lesser Berkeley, but with one really good number 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)
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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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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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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Lesser Berkeley, but with one really good number, 16 November 2000
Author: SGriffin-6 (spgriffi@mail.smu.edu) from Dallas, Texas

The heyday of the Warner Bros./Busby Berkeley musicals was on the wane by 1936. While the key films of the series ("42nd Street" [1933], "Gold Diggers of 1933" [1933]) dealt with putting on a show, and the numbers being parts of that show, Hollywood musicals by the mid-30s were starting to shift to "book numbers," with characters singing and dancing when they should have been talking or walking. "Gold Diggers of 1937" is an attempt by Berkeley to follow this trend, but still hang onto what had worked in the past for him. So there are book numbers and at least one major "show number." The results are middling.

Another factor that gave the WB/Berkeley musicals so much energy was the tough talk and slightly risque innuendo that was sparked by the desperation of the dark days of the Depression. By 1936, there were specific factors in place to reign this in. The Production Code was now enforced, keeping the Hollywood studios from including the overtly sexual material that livened so many of Berkeley's numbers.

Also, with Roosevelt's election to president, popular opinion swayed from cynicism and frustration to hope and support of the system. The early Berkeley films were nothing if not an expression of hard-bitten despair. In "Gold Diggers of 1937," we still have women forced to use their sexuality on oily moneymen in order to survive economically (one actually says at one point, "It's so hard to be good under the capitalistic system"--Imagine!). But, unlike the early films in the series, this film wants you to feel sympathetic for the millionaire (instead of seeing him as the oppressor).

While the studio did give the film some strong stars, the budget seems somewhat lower than usual for Berkeley musicals--except for the final musical number, "All's Fair in Love and War." It's a real stunner--surreal, amazing visuals that stand up to comparison with just about any of Berkeley's greatest numbers. It's probably worth sitting through all of the forced comedy just to get to this one number.

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