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Golden Girl (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Western | 1 November 1951 (USA)
Against the background of the Civil War, sixteen-year-old song-and-dance artiste Lotta Crabtree works her way across America, becoming ever more popular.


Lloyd Bacon


Walter Bullock (screenplay), Charles O'Neal (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Cast overview:
Mitzi Gaynor ... Lotta Crabtree
Dale Robertson ... Tom Richmond
Dennis Day ... Mart Taylor
James Barton ... John Crabtree
Una Merkel ... Mary Ann Crabtree
Raymond Walburn ... Cornelius
Gene Sheldon ... Sam Jordan
Carmen D'Antonio ... Lola Montez


Against the background of the Civil War, sixteen-year-old song-and-dance artiste Lotta Crabtree works her way across America, becoming ever more popular. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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In the movie Lotta is 16 when she begins to perform. In reality she was only 6. In the movie her father is a gambler and ex-vaudevillian, he actually owned a bookstore. In the movie she sees Lola Montez for the first time, actually she and her family were friends with Lola and Lotta often played at Lola's home. In the movie she falls in love with Tom Richmond (Dale Robertson)and it is clear they will be married, actually she never married. See more »


Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Eliot Daniel
Sung by Dennis Day
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All the right talents
16 April 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A most fictionalized biography of 19th century star Lotta Crabtree is the subject of Golden Girl. Having just read the Wikipedia article concerning Crabtree a real version of her life would be a truly great picture.

Mitzi Gaynor of whom it has been said came along just a tad too late and missed the real golden era of Hollywood musicals during the 30s and 40s plays the title role. She was one of the best dancers of the female gender ever to hit the big screen and there was no need to dub her singing voice. Mitzi would have been a much bigger star a bit earlier, she had all the right talents.

Her romance with courtly southerner Dale Robertson was a pure fiction, but Robertson is just fine in a role tailored for his talent and speech pattern.

Sharing the singing duties with Gaynor is Dennis Day taking time off from the Jack Benny program. Dennis gets to sing the song Never which got an Oscar nomination.

James Barton and Una Merkel play Lotta's parents and Barton who was an old song and dance man himself and scored a big hit on Broadway in Paint Your Wagon around this time gets a nice number with Gaynor. The name Crabtree suits Merkel's complaining character. Wikipedia says that the real Lotta Crabtree's parents were from Great Britain, but there sure is no trace of any of that kind of accent with Barton and Merkel.

Golden Girl is fine musical entertainment even though it's not a patch on the real story of Lotta Crabtree.

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Release Date:

1 November 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La chica de oro See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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