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Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 15 March 1935 (USA)
Romantic antics abound among the guests at a luxury hotel, including a stage director, an eccentric millionaire, and the daughter of a financial backer.

Director:

Busby Berkeley

Writers:

Manuel Seff (screen play), Peter Milne (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dick Powell ... Dick Curtis
Adolphe Menjou ... Nicolai Nicoleff
Gloria Stuart ... Ann Prentiss
Alice Brady ... Mrs. Prentiss
Hugh Herbert ... T. Mosley Thorpe
Glenda Farrell ... Betty Hawes
Frank McHugh ... Humbolt Prentiss
Joseph Cawthorn ... Schultz
Grant Mitchell ... Louis Lamson
Dorothy Dare ... Arline Davis
Wini Shaw ... Winny Shaw (as Winifred Shaw)
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Storyline

In a luxury hotel stage director Nicoleff stages a show to get the money to pay his bills. Mrs. Prentiss, who is backing the show wants her daughter Ann to marry the millionaire T. Mosely Thorpe, but Ann falls in love with Dick Curtis, while Dick's girl friend marries Ann's brother Humbolt. But the hotel secretary Betty knows a way to avoid dificulties with old Mrs. Prentiss. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aranyásók 1935-ben See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Wini Shaw's recording of "Lullaby Of Broadway" was an unlikely hit in Britain in 1976. See more »

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At the conclusion of the "white piano" number when all the pianos magically move together to form a single large rectangle, the movements of the dancer's gown betrays the fact that this was achieved by running the film backwards. See more »

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Humbolt Prentiss: Arline, I've broken the news to Mother.
Arline Davis: What did she say?
Humbolt Prentiss: She started throwing things at me. Oh, that's alright. She always does. It's a very good sign for us.
Arline Davis: In other words, she didn't really disapprove or she'd have shot you.
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Soundtracks

Tell Me Again
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Ann and her mother exit the elevator and visit Mosley in his room
Played often in the score
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1930s Kitsch
6 March 2005 | by jblake1243See all my reviews

Caught this one on TCM the other night.

Good music, lots of beautiful girls and an inane plot, humorously acted out by a talented cast. What more could anyone ask for? This is what the "movies" were all about when life outside the theater was in the middle of the Great Depression. You might be making 25 bucks a week and probably forked over a quarter to see this picture. For your money you were able to forget your troubles as you watched the Busby Berkeley dance numbers and listened to the tunes of Harry Warren and Al Dubin. Not a bad deal then and still enjoyable now on cable, video or DVD.

It seems to me that the actors of that era had more talent than most of those plying the craft these days. I also like the cast introductions, common to the era, showing a brief moment from the film, portraying the introduced in a flattering way. Style and class unfortunately seem to be in short supply in most films of the present era which has become much more concerned with finding new ways to shock or offend us as they happily take our money (9 bucks?).

Sure, there were better examples of the 1930s musical genre but this one really ain't all that bad. You could do worse than sit down and watch.


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