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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.

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It was the decade when America escaped the blues with THE GREATEST STAR-STUDDED CAST EVER! See more »

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

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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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Shown at San Sebastian Film Festival 2007 and Barcelona 2012. See more »


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Taps
(1862) (uncredited)
Music by Daniel Butterfield
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29 December 2016 | by llindithSee all my reviews

This was labeled as a documentary, so I expected there to be actual interviews or at least a narrative explaining what the references were. Instead, it's just a melange of clips and archival footage without any context. There's no script, no identification of anyone who's speaking, no labeling on the film clips, no explanation of the significance of what's been included.

I'm fairly knowledgeable about this era, and even I didn't recognize half of the archival footage used or the personalities who appeared in it. I certainly didn't learn anything more from it, which is a shame.

Anyone actually wanting to learn about the Depression era should give this a pass. The PBS series on the 1930s was far more interesting and informative.


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