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Gold Diggers of 1935 Reviews

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Jennifer X

Super Reviewer

April 28, 2011
Not as good as the trifecta of Busby Berkeley (that would be Gold Diggers, Footlight Parade, and 42nd Street), but it's worth watching for the obligatory big musical number at the end. Victor Moore can be quite charming when he wants to be.

Super Reviewer

October 5, 2010
Like most of these films it's pinned to a silly plot about a skinflint millionairess, a scene stealing Alice Brady, and various people who surround and try to make a couple of bucks off her. The real star here is the musical numbers brilliantly staged by Busby Berkeley, the justly famous Lullaby of Broadway is both fantastic and chilling.

Super Reviewer

September 30, 2010
Somewhat better than I expected. This isn't just a song and elaborate dance musical, which was what I expected, but it's got a funny story about a mother who is trying to marry off her daughter to this rich guy, who's a bit crazy actually, but she falls in love with another guy while they're on vacation or something. Oh, and the cast they list on here isn't right, this movie does star Dick Powell, but also it stars: Adolphe Menjou, Gloria Stuart, Alice Brady, Hugh Herbert, and Glenda Farrell.
July 25, 2007
The only reason to watch Busby Berkeley movies is to watch the insanely awesome, kaleidoscopic choreography and look at the lovely style of the 1930's. This movie is gorgeous to look at and includes the brilliant number "Lullaby of Broadway" which is in my opinion one of the most interesting and sophisticated numbers Busby Berkeley was ever responsible for.
December 16, 2011
This second installment in the series is a gem, Classic 30's raconteur-style comedy and a GREAT production by Busby Berkeley. Also Gloria Stuart (Rose Dawson in "Titanic") is adorable as the principal ingenué.
October 3, 2008
"Gold Diggers of 1935" isn't as good or as fresh as "Gold Diggers of 1933", which is THE CLASSIC Warner Brothers musical of the early 30s, but it's still awfully good. It had music by Warren and Dubin, a great cast, and Busby Berkley's wonderfully eccentric direction.

Yes, the plot is silly but it struck a chord with depression-era audiences and, besides, the plots in these movies serve to just move the film along between musical numbers.

What makes this movie special is the "Lullaby of Broadway" number. This is a "dream sequence" number and is arguably Busby Berkley's greatest. Considering his track record that is saying a lot. It's the most memorable number in the movie and is widely considered one of the greatest production numbers in cinema history. I agree. I don't see how it could have been better. It's brilliant and makes an otherwise ordinary depression musical into something special.

I don't rate this as high as "42nd Street" or "Gold Diggers of 1933" or "Dames." Those films are more consistent and their plots, while silly, are less so than this one. That said, the "Lullaby of Broadway" number is better than the already outstanding numbers in the other films except, imho, the "Remember the Forgotten Man" number from "Gold Diggers of 1933."

In summary; part of this movie is as good as it gets and the rest is fine entertainment. Hey! It's Busby Berkley!
April 26, 2006
Full review coming soon
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