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Gold Diggers of 1937
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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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middling story, mighty musical finale 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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1.37 : 1 See more »
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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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Let's Put Our Heads TogetherSee more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
middling story, mighty musical finale, 25 February 2010
Author: mukava991 from United States

The high point of Gold Diggers of 1937 is Busby Berkeley's staging of "All's Fair in Love and War," an all-American dose of surrealism, like a militarized, scrubbed and bleached opus by Bunuel or Dali. It hypnotizes and amuses, mixing silliness and wisdom, finesse with crudeness. And it never hurts to have at one's disposal such raw materials as a superior Harry Warren melody, and in this case, a better-than-average Al Dubin lyric.

The other songs in this light-dark comedy fare less well. The two main entries by E.Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen ("Speaking of the Weather" and "Let's Put Our Heads Together") are routine and interchangeable; when they merge in a poolside extravaganza, it's hard to tell where one leaves off and the other comes in. Harburg and Arlen also contributed the cynical "Life Insurance Song," performed only fragmentarily by Dick Powell, but it's quite sharp ("You'll get pie in the sky when you die, die, die…."). Sadly, Warren and Dubin's splendid "With Plenty of Money and You" is deprived of a big splashy production number all its own.

The plot is actually not bad for movies of this type. Various bad guys, in cahoots with gold digger Glenda Farrell, try to profit from sick old theatrical producer (Victor Moore) by taking out a million dollar life insurance policy on him (innocently sold to them by Dick Powell) and then putting him into unhealthful situations which will maximize the chances of his quick and convenient demise. The proceeds will finance their new musical, which will be a big money- making hit. It's a nasty scenario when you think about it, spun out with a pretty good share of racy double entendres.

Powell, in his 4th year of warbling wholesomely for the brothers Warner and sporting an unflattering mustache, looks like he's just about to roll back his eyes and shout "Enough!" but he manages to deliver the twinkle, the vitality and the sonorous vocals that made up his screen persona. Joan Blondell as his love interest is also beginning to show signs of wear. Her voluptuous chorine days are drawing to a close, but she can still pull off the act; as usual, she doesn't even attempt to sing and merely speaks her lyric lines. Victor Moore, Broadway veteran and seasoned character comedian, brings great nuance and even pathos to a role that might have been played as sheer low-minded slapstick by a lesser actor. Lee Dixon as one of Powell's fellow insurance salesmen comes off as a rather eccentric supporting actor in search of a screen personality until it is revealed that his primary talent is tap dancing, which he displays with great energy in the poolside number. But when you see the truly amazing footwork of the dancers in the 1929 Gold Diggers of Broadway (fragments of which are included as an extra feature on the Busby Berkeley Collection Volume 2), you realize that Dixon by comparison was an eager but clumsy beginner.

So this late entry in the gold diggers series isn't as bad as one might expect. It would have been better, perhaps, if some of the performers had been more youthful and less sick and tired of playing the same types year after year and if there had been more socko musical numbers.

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