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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 ... Laverne Andrews (archive footage)
Maxene Andrews Maxene Andrews ... Maxene Andrews (archive footage)
Patty Andrews 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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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 Lean, Mean 30s, When America Laughed...To Keep From Crying! 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

Referenced in Beavis and Butt-Head: Beavis, Can You Spare a Dime? (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
(1931)
Music by Jay Gorney
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg (as E Y Harburg)
Played during the opening sequence while a chorus line dances
Also sung by Rudy Vallee
Also sung by Bing Crosby
Also sung by Al Jolson
Also performed by Ronnie Lane & The Slim Chance Band
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Interesting docu on depression era well worth your time
8 February 2001 | by goya-4See all my reviews

Documentary on the depression era that begins at the crash and documents the horrible results on the country. Uses newsreel footage along with some hollywood film footage as well - it can be a little confusing since there are sometimes interspersed together. All in all a very well put together showing of that time in american history with some rare footage and songs of the time. on a scale of one to ten... 8


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