Gold Diggers of 1933 (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.
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Warren William
as J. Lawrence Bradford
Joan Blondell
as Carol King
Dick Powell
as Brad Roberts/Robert Bradford
Aline MacMahon
as Trixie Lorraine
Ruby Keeler
as Polly Parker
Ginger Rogers
as Fay Fortune
Aline McMahon
as Trixie
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
Busby Berkeley
as Call Boy
Sam Godfrey
as Society Reporter
Fred Kelsey
as Detective Jones
Jay Eaton
as Diner
Frank Mills
as 1st Forgotten Man
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
Muriel Gordon
as Gold Digger
Anne Hovey
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
Dorothy White
as Dancer
Renee Whitney
as Gold Digger
Ann Hovey
as Gold Digger
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Critic Reviews for Gold Diggers of 1933

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

The movie thrives and survives on Berkeley's genius; for all his spectacular theatrical flair, he's a sociobiologist in rhythm.

Full Review… | January 26, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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Full Review… | January 27, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The Depression as a period of artists in suspension, Busby Berkeley to the rescue

Full Review… | September 26, 2015

A seminal, vastly entertaining musical of the early Depression era and a showcase of the eccentric genius of Busby Berkeley in highlights like "We're in the Money."

Full Review… | March 18, 2012

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March 31, 2006

Audience Reviews for Gold Diggers of 1933

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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 Fussman
Kristijonas Fussman

Super Reviewer

Another beautiful film from the ingenious Busby Berkely, Gold Diggers is just as much about the social history of the United States during the Great Depression than it is a dazzling musical. Movies during this era weren't apt to prod a finger at the government, or point out the obvious calamities of the financial crash of 1929. I point specifically to the Astaire/Rogers films, which always had glitz and glamour, looking at the playboy angle of Astaire and the dilettante showgirl that was Rogers. What is great about Gold Diggers is that not only does it address the times, it also shows grandeur towards the rich and romanticizes love, just as the movie musical is supposed to. Because of its eccentricities and allowance to be different, it is much easier to distinguish it from the thousands of other movies of that time period which all portrayed the wealthy and luscious as the happy ones. Not only was it certainly different yet gleeful, it is serious in its intent in showing the poor and downtrodden of the country, especially in the last sequence entitled "Forgotten Man." That number shows the veterans of America who are now homeless and tarnished, one of the most moving song and dance numbers in a musical ever. Busby reuses past actresses Ruby Keeler and Ginger Rogers from his musical of that same year, 42nd Street. Both films had spectacular set design, visual effects, and lovely musical numbers. Though the music in this film was very intriguing and sticks in the brain, two of the three large scale musical numbers were confusing and didn't make sense in the context of the theater. There was still some great costume changes and background, but it was really, very, confusing. Through it all it's got a timeless sense of humor, that has survived throughout, as many good older films have. It's also good to see because it's a Pre-Code film, which deals with sexuality, pre-marital sex, and the times it was set in. Powerful in so many respects, it's one of the best examples of classic cinema.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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