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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 »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the scene where many people pay 25 dollars each for tickets to the charity musical (59:10 into the film) the money being paid is very clearly in pesos. In fact, each of the top bills clearly states 'Vente Pesos' and are obviously not American bills. Yet, all the dialog keeps referring to 'dollars' and there is no indication that Lake Waxapahachie, where the resort is located, is anything but an American resort. See more »

Quotes

Nicoleff: Well, when did I never pay you?
Schultz: The same time you never paid everybody else.
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Connections

Edited into Busby Berkeley (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

The Words Are in My Heart
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Played during the opening photo credits and often in the score
Sung by Dick Powell during the boat scene
Also sung by Dick Powell and ensemble during the show
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Favorite Part
6 October 2004 | by wdtcmSee all my reviews

While I love the songs mentioned above, my favorite part of the entire show happens at the top when all the managers of the different departments of the hotel are explaining to their employees why they won't be receiving a salary or a wage -- because of the massive tips they'll be receiving from the clients -- oh, and that each manager gets a cut of the vails, of course, as they aren't going to be in contact with the guests.

The editing is really nice, as it moves from department to department in the hotel. The monologue begins with the hotel manager talking to the bell boys, then the editing takes us to housekeeping, the restaurant, the bar, etc. and each manager picks up the monologue, ending with the hotel manager summing up his expectations.

I think that sequence opens an interesting window on what hotel workers might have dealt with back then.


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