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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.

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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.

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The Lean, Mean 30s, When America Laughed...To Keep From Crying! See more »

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11 September 1975 (Netherlands)  »

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Blott för gammal vänskaps skull  »

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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 »

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Features A Night at the Opera (1935) See more »

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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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A very enjoyable documentary
19 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

I recently bought this documentary on DVD and watched it several times in succession. It is the best archival source of Depression-era material I have ever run across. I particulary enjoyed the segment with Huey Long. What a terrific speaker he was! And to see him on stage with Ina Ray Hutton, the woman band leader, was a real treat. I highly recommend this for historians of America in the 20th century.


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