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Brother Can You Spare a Dime (1975)

A nostalgic look back at the Great Depression with contemporary archival footage and film clips picturing James Cagney as an American Everyman.

Director:

Philippe Mora

Writer:

Philippe Mora
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Cast

Credited cast:
Laverne Andrews ... Laverne Andrews (archive footage)
Maxene Andrews ... Maxene Andrews (archive footage)
Patty Andrews ... Patty (archive footage)
Fred Astaire ... (archive footage)
Warner Baxter ... (archive footage)
Wallace Beery ... Himself (archive footage)
Brooks Benedict ... (archive footage)
Constance Bennett ... (archive footage)
Jack Benny ... Himself (archive footage) (as Mr. Benny)
Busby Berkeley ... Himself (archive footage)
Irving Berlin ... Himself (archive footage)
Willie Best ... (archive footage)
Herman Bing ... (archive footage)
Joan Blondell ... (archive footage)
Humphrey Bogart ... (archive footage)
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Storyline

A nostalgic look back at the Great Depression with contemporary archival footage and film clips picturing James Cagney as an American Everyman.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Mad World of Hollywood In Its Heyday! G-Men and Dillinger...the silver screen and breadlines...movie stars and millionaires...the laughing, crying, never-to-be-forgotten 30s! See more »

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1975 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Blott för gammal vänskaps skull See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film had its world premiere on British television, on Sunday 23 March 1975 on BBC2 at 9.20pm. Its UK cinema release was the following Thursday, 27 March. See more »

Connections

Features Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

William Tell Overture
(1829) (uncredited)
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Played at the beginning of the gangster sequence
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Great teaching tool!
1 April 2004 | by kb2uoeSee all my reviews

I'm a high school history teacher, and have been using this film to show my students (mostly foreign) how the media portrayed the Great Depression. I also assign term papers about the era, and this movie gives them a good idea of what to choose. So far, I've had students choose to write on dance marathons, the dust storms, hobos,and the building of the Hoover Dam, just to name a few subjects.

At first, they get a kick out of the music and the costumes, but the scenes of homeless people, the breadlines, and the general despair really hit home. Many never realized that America, the land of opportunity, was a land of unemployment, hunger, and fear for nearly a decade.

This movie is a must to all who want to evoke the feel of the Depression and not just have the kids read it out of dry books. It's very hard to get someone in to speak first-hand about the era, this movie speaks for them.


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