Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)

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As a reward for services rendered as a choreographer, Busby Berkeley was promoted to the director's chair for Gold Diggers of 1935. The pedestrian storyline concerns a fancy New England hotel, where the underpaid staff is totally dependent on tips. Desk clerk Dick Curtis (Dick Powell), a medical student with a gift for singing, falls in love with Amy Prentiss (Gloria Stuart), daughter of tight-fisted guest Mathilda Prentiss (Alice Brady), whose prodigal, much-married son Humboldt (Frank McHugh) threatens to bankrupt the family. Flamboyant Russian impresario Nikolai Nicoleff (Adolphe Menjou) curries favor with Mrs. Prentiss to finance his next Broadway show; meanwhile, eccentric snuff-box collector T. Mosely Thorpe (Hugh Herbert), whom snobbish Mrs. Prentiss hopes will wed her daughter, weaves in and out of the story, closely followed by gold-digging Betty Hawes (Glenda Farrell). None of this matters in the slightest: Gold Diggers of 1935 is memorable not because of its sappy plotline, but because of its Oscar-winning musical highlight "Lullaby of Broadway," which may well be the chef d'ouevre of Berkeley's career. To reveal too much of the story-within-a-story of "Lullaby of Broadway" (wherein madcap socialite Wini Shaw literally dances herself to death) would spoil it for the uninitiated: Be assured, however, that once seen, this spectacular setpiece can never be forgotten.
Rating:
G (adult situations)
Genre:
Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
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Studio:
Warner Bros. Pictures

Cast

Dick Powell
as Dick Curtis
Gloria Stuart
as Amy Prentiss
Alice Brady
as Mrs. Mathilda Prentiss
Adolphe Menjou
as Nicoleff
Glenda Farrell
as Betty Hawes
Grant Mitchell
as Louis Lamson
Dorothy Dare
as Arline Davis
Frank McHugh
as Humboldt Prentiss
Hugh Herbert
as T. Mosely Thorpe
Matty King
as Tap Dancer
Joan Blondell
as Norma Parry
Victor Moore
as J.J. Hobart
Lee Dixon
as Boop Oglethorpe
Osgood Perkins
as Mory Wethered
Charles D. Brown
as John Huge
Irene Ware
as Irene
William B. Davidson
as Andy Callahan
Joseph Crehan
as Chairman at Insurance Convention
Susan Fleming
as Lucille Bailey
Charles Halton
as Dr. Warshoff
Olin Howland
as Dr. McDuffy
Paul Irving
as Dr. Henry
Harry C. Bradley
as Dr. Bell
Pat West
as Drunken Salesman
Iris Adrian
as Verna
Cliff Saum
as Conductor
Jane Wyman
as Girl
Betty Mauk
as Girl
Wedgewood Nowell
as Penfield
Tom Ricketts
as Reginald
Bobby Jarvis
as Stage Manager
Gordon Hart
as White
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Critic Reviews for Gold Diggers of 1935

All Critics (4)

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Full Review… | February 22, 2012
Variety
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Full Review… | February 22, 2012
Variety
Top Critic

The airiness of this film is the result of hard, focused work... It's not high art, but it's about as impressively disciplined as filmmaking craftsmanship can get.

Full Review… | May 17, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

If Gold Diggers of 1935 wasn't quite up to its predecessor, it's probably the fault of the newly enforced Production Code.

Full Review… | August 14, 2013
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

This second musical in the Gold Diggers series is vastly entertaining due to Busby Berkeley's production numbers, including the Oscar-winning song Lullaby of Broadway.

Full Review… | September 21, 2012
EmanuelLevy.Com

For the most part a smashing spectacle.

Full Review… | March 6, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Gold Diggers of 1935

I actually wanted more musical numbers considering Busby Berkeley directed this. The movie is more of a romantic comedy than a full-pledge musical. It is still fun to watch. Grade: B

Calvin Cajigal
Calvin Cajigal
½

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.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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