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Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 27 May 1933 (USA)
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A wealthy composer rescues unemployed Broadway performers with a new play.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Erwin Gelsey (screenplay), James Seymour (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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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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The Biggest Show On Earth! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Dick Powell and Joan Blondell got married in 1936. Fans claimed Joan stole Dick from Ruby Keeler, who usually played his sweetheart in numerous movies. Yet Ruby was already married to Al Jolson. See more »

Goofs

At 1:18 into film Lawrence (Warren William) is on his bed with an ice pack, Peabody (Guy Kibbee) sitting next to him. Lawrence gets up and undoes the sash of his robe, but in the very next shot the sash is completely tied, as it had been before. See more »

Quotes

Trixie Lorraine: [whispers to Fay] One more look at him with those bedroom-eyes and I'll break your leg!
[loudly, to all]
Trixie Lorraine: Excuse me for whispering; Fay and I have so much in common!
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Connections

Spoofed in Gold Diggers of '49 (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Pettin' in the Park
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by Ruby Keeler and Clarence Nordstrom in rehearsal, Dick Powell,
Ruby Keeler, Aline MacMahon, Billy Barty and chorus in the show
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musical heaven
7 March 2003 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This, the first in the series of Gold Diggers films still in existence, is the best, the sparkiest, the funniest, and the strongest. Ruby Keeler, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon, Dick Powell, Guy Kibbee, Warren William, Ginger Rogers, and then some ... what a great cast! Wonderful musical numbers with that distinctive Berkeley choreography. A crackling script which still packs a punch now. And, best of all, that wonderful finale 'Forgotten Man', where Great War veterans shuffle through a world that doesn't care while the women left behind remember their happier days ...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Golddiggers of 1933 See more »

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Box Office

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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