Gold Diggers of 1933

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In this version of Avery Hopwood's theatrical war-horse The Golddiggers of Broadway, showgirls Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, and Aline McMahon attempt to find financial backing for the new show planned by producer Ned Sparks. Songwriter Dick Powell, offers to put up the money, much to his brother's disgust.


Warren William
as J. Lawrence Bradford
Joan Blondell
as Carol King
Aline MacMahon
as Trixie Lorraine
Dick Powell
as Brad Roberts/Robert Bradford
Ruby Keeler
as Polly Parker
Ginger Rogers
as Fay Fortune
Guy Kibbee
as Peabody
Ned Sparks
as Barney
Robert Agnew
as Dance Director
Sterling Holloway
as Messenger Boy
Lynn Browning
as Gold Digger Girl
Billy Barty
as `Pettin' in the Park' Baby
Theresa Harris
as Black Couple
Joan Barclay
as Chorus Girl
Wallace MacDonald
as Stage Manager
Charles Lane
as Society Reporter
Wilbur Mack
as Society Reporter
Grace Hayle
as Society Reporter
Hobart Cavanaugh
as Dog Salesman
Dennis O'Keefe
as Extra During Intermission
Sam Godfrey
as Society Reporter
Fred Kelsey
as Detective Jones
Frank Mills
as 1st Forgotten Man
Jay Eaton
as Diner
Etta Moten
as `Forgotten Man' Singer
Billy West
as Medal of Honor Winner
Eddie Foster
as Zipky's Kentucky Hill Billies (2nd Man)
Loretta Andrews
as Gold Digger
Adrien Brier
as Gold Digger
Monica Bannister
as Gold Digger
Maxine Cantway
as Gold Digger
Bonnie Bannon
as Gold Digger
Margaret Carthew
as Gold Digger
Kitty Cunningham
as Gold Digger
Gloria Faythe
as Gold Digger
Anne Hovey
as Gold Digger
Muriel Gordon
as Gold Digger
June Glory
as Gold Digger
Ebba Hally
as Gold Digger
Amo Ingraham
as Gold Digger
Lorena Layson
as Gold Digger
Alice Jans
as Gold Digger
Jayne Shadduck
as Gold Digger
Bee Stevens
as Gold Digger
Anita Thompson
as Gold Digger
Pat Wing
as Gold Digger
Renee Whitney
as Gold Digger
Ann Hovey
as Gold Digger
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Critic Reviews for Gold Diggers of 1933

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Audience Reviews for Gold Diggers of 1933

  • Nov 19, 2018
    Essential pre-code viewing. It has such range â" the Busby Berkeley musical numbers which are outstanding, the bawdy little bits slipped in here and there, and the social commentary, touching on the Depression and veterans of WWI. The plot is contrived and relies on the oft-used trope of meeting an â~ordinary guyâ(TM) who turns out to be rich, but wow that ending and performance of â~Remember My Forgotten Manâ(TM) is something special, and so unique for a musical. Joan Blondellâ(TM)s spoken parts and Etta Motenâ(TM)s soul-piercing vocals are both from the heart, and itâ(TM)s interesting that the number completely supersedes whatever happens to Blondell and Warren Williamâ(TM)s relationship. Berkeley also delivers very different effects in the other numbers â" â~Weâ(TM)re in the Moneyâ(TM), with those giant coins and tight shots on the chorus girls, â~Pettinâ(TM) in the Parkâ(TM) with that naughty â~babyâ(TM) and the two tiers of women changing outfits in silhouette, and â~The Shadow Waltzâ(TM), with that ethereal, dreamy swirling. I loved how he puts in a cameo as well â" look for him as the â~call boyâ(TM) knocking on dressing room doors before â~Remember My Forgotten Manâ(TM). Iâ(TM)m not a huge Dick Powell or Ruby Keeler fan, but they are pretty endearing here, and Powellâ(TM)s vocals really take us back to the 1930â(TM)s, and a completely different style. The plot, which has three chorus girls (Blondell, Keeler, and Aline MacMahon) pairing up with three affluent guys (William, Powell, and Guy Kibbee), while trying to squeeze another (Ginger Rogers) out of the equation, isnâ(TM)t amazing or anything, but the dialogue is entertaining and while we see some prancing around in lingerie, the female characters are all more than cardboard characters or simple â~gold diggersâ(TM). Blondell is wonderful and made several great films in this era; I think sheâ(TM)s underrated. The film has such life to it, and with all of the elements it has, really showcases the era.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 08, 2014
    A politically engaged (and very funny) musical that reflects the historical context to which it belongs and, clearly in favor of Roosevelt's New Deal, uses the magical transformation of the limited theater stage into a gigantic cinematic space to show that everything is possible.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 27, 2012
    Tastefully shot, playfully acted, and immaculately staged, this Depression-Era musical features a humorous and lighthearted script as well as some rather stunning stage performances. The cast does a phenomenal job of absolutely owning their respective roles, and legendary choreographer Busby Berkeley's music numbers do nothing but dazzle with their boundless creativity and focus.
    Kristijonas F Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2012
    Though I'm not really a fan of the story but I just fucking love the fantastic musical numbers. Man, I love classic musical.
    Cita W Super Reviewer

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