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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 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

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

California, Here I Come
(1924)
Music by Joseph Meyer (as Meyer)
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva (as Desylva) and Al Jolson (as Jolson)
Sung by Al Jolson
Played on the organ at the convention for Hoover
Also played during a sequence from Stand Up and Cheer! (1934)
Also sung during the "Go West" sequence
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original and outstanding use of archive film material
17 February 2001 | by sandy-123See all my reviews

this is an extraordinary use of both documentary and archive newsreel to tell a story of the depression era in the USA. No naration, the film speaks for itself. The use of Jimmy Cagney as a running character is great. Fascinating and amusing.


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