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The Golden Touch (1935)

Greedy King Midas is granted his wish that everything he touches turns to gold. However, he realizes this may be a curse, when he sits down to eat and the food turns to gold as well.

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Billy Bletcher ... King Midas (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

King Midas is visited by an elf; the elf turns his cat to gold, then claps his hands and it changes back. Midas begs for the golden touch, but the elf warns him it would be a curse to him. Midas insists. He dances about joyfully at first, but discovers the drawbacks when he sits down to dinner. Fearing death by starvation, he summons the elf and agrees to surrender everything he owns to have the curse lifted. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Det gyllene fingret See more »

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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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The film is based on the legend of Midas, King of Phrygia. In Greco-Roman legend, Midas performed a favor for the god Dionysus. Dionysus offered to grant Midas whatever reward the mortal king had in mind. Midas asked for the magical ability to change whatever he touched into gold. The blessing of the god turned into a curse, as any food or drink that Midas touched also turned to gold. Facing starvation and death, Midas had to convince Dionysus to take away his magic touch. See more »

Goofs

Midas cape apparently does not turn into gold. See more »

Quotes

King Midas: [to his reflection] Hail, Midas. Ha ha ha! Thou, rascal, thou. Shall we turn the Earth to gold? The rivers, the mountains, the stars, the moon, the sky... a universe of gold!
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Featured in The Mickey Mouse Club: Episode #1.34 (1955) See more »

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This cartoon really does have a golden touch...
27 May 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

There was only one thing really that I didn't like about The Golden Touch was the ending, the whole idea that King Midas lost everything for a hamburger didn't convince me and came across as absurd instead. Then again, that's just me having one of my personal thoughts. Otherwise it is a great cartoon, that sadly gets a lot of hate(even from Walt Disney himself!) for some reason which I'd love to find out, especially when there are far worse Silly Symphonies out there(El Terrible Toreador for instance). Why did I love this cartoon? The animation is absolutely great, colourful and fluid throughout, with the standouts being how things turn to gold and the chilling part where Midas sees the skeleton through the mirror in his own robes, and complete with one of the catchiest beginning songs of any Silly Symphony the music is energetic and really sets the tone of the story well. The jokes are very clever, and while it is a tad predictable once Goldie offers Midas the golden touch the story is crisply paced and charming with a great message about how self-destructive greed is, though I have always wondered what happened to the cat once he's turned to gold. What is remarkable about The Golden Touch, other than the sprightly character of Goldie was the portrayal of Midas, who is so much more than the one-dimensional figure he could've been, instead he is greedy, but also subtle, pretty likable and you do feel sorry for him at the end. All in all, not a masterpiece but a great cartoon. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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