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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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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 ... Self (archive footage)
Brooks Benedict ... (archive footage)
Constance Bennett ... (archive footage)
Jack Benny ... Self (archive footage) (as Mr. Benny)
Busby Berkeley ... Self (archive footage)
Irving Berlin ... Self (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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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

Red River Valley
(uncredited)
Traditional
In the score of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
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An amazing embodiment of American in the 1930s
1 June 2003 | by RandallBSee all my reviews

I saw this feature doco during its original run in 1977, I think, and for the second time recently in a retrospective of Philippe Mora's work 25 years later. It is an amazing piece of work, with the material itself providing the narrative ... actual speeches, songs and sound on the film ... there is no narration or voice over. The years from Depression up to WW2 come to life with this artful assembly of scenes from musicals, songs, newsreels and speeches. Considering it was produced by an Englishman and directed by an Australian, it has a remarkable sensitivity for its subject. Highly recommended for lovers of documentary or history.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1975 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Brother Can You Spare a Dime See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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