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Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 27 May 1933 (USA)
A wealthy composer rescues unemployed Broadway performers with a new play.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Erwin S. Gelsey (screenplay) (as Erwin Gelsey), James Seymour (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warren William ... J. Lawrence Bradford
Joan Blondell ... Carol King
Aline MacMahon ... Trixie Lorraine
Ruby Keeler ... Polly Parker
Dick Powell ... Brad Roberts
Guy Kibbee ... Faneul H. Peabody
Ned Sparks ... Barney Hopkins
Ginger Rogers ... Fay Fortune
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Storyline

Chorus girls Polly, Carol and Trixie are ecstatic when they learn that Broadway producer Barney Hopkins is putting on a new show. He promises all of the girls parts in the new show and even hires their neighbor Brad Roberts, an unknown composer, to write some of the music. There's only one problem: he doesn't have the money to bankroll it all. That problem is solved when Brad turns out to be quite rich but he insists that he not perform. When opening night comes, the juvenile lead can't go on forcing Brad to take the stage. He's recognized of course and his upper crust family wants him to quit. When he refuses, they tell him to end his relationship with Polly or face having his income cut off. When Brad's snobbish brother Lawrence mistakes Carol for Polly, the girls decide to have a bit of fun and teach him a lesson. Written by garykmcd

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REVEL IN THESE MIGHT SPECTACLES -- "The Parade of the Gold Diggers" "The Stairway to the Stars" "The Flower Garden of Girls" "The Ballet of the Snows" "The Dance of the Singing Violins" "The Pageant of the Forgotten Man" See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Golddiggers of 1933 See more »

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Budget:

$433,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

During the lead-in to the "Shadow Waltz" sequence, there's a general hubbub in which one of the ladies clearly can be heard saying, "Shit! I can't find my shoe!" See more »

Goofs

During the violin sequence, the cord for the lights on the violin disappears and reappears throughout. See more »

Quotes

J. Lawrence Bradford: I'll ask you to return my check, please.
Carol King: Your check, huh that's on exhibition over there on the wall. I figured you'd stop payment on it.
J. Lawrence Bradford: I'll take the necessary steps...
Carol King: You'll do what? Listen, you made a sap out of yourself and you tried your best to make a sap out of me. Now I never want to see you again, understand? And as for your check, well, you don't think I hold myself as cheaply as all that do you?
J. Lawrence Bradford: Cheaply? Ten thousand dollars?
Carol King: Well that's your estimate of me, not mine. That check is...
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Connections

Referenced in Drifter (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Got to Sing a Torch Song
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Dick Powell
Played also as dance music
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Superb--one of the 3 best 30s musicals....
21 June 2004 | by drednmSee all my reviews

with 42nd Street and Footlight Parade... Snappy, risqué, funny, great cast, great music. What more could you ask for? Joan Blondell, Aline McMahon, and Ruby Keeler are the gold diggers. Warren William, Dick Powell, and Guy Kibbee are their targets. Ginger Rogers is swell singing "We're in the Money" in Pig Latin. Ned Sparks, Sterling Holloway, Charles Lane, and Billy Barty are good. Great musical numbers including the opening "We're in the Money," the terrific finale "Forgotten Man" with Blondell and Etta Moten (singing in the window); "Petting in the Park" and "In a Shadow"---Powell and Keeler.... all classics. Fun all the way......

Look for Hobart Cavanaugh, Grace Hayle, Busby Berkley, Clarence Nordstrom, and one of the roller skating cops sure looks like Jack Carson.

Aline McMahon steals the show, and what a show it is!


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