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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

A very cute movie from the 1930s. In the midst of the Great Depression four show girls are out of work and hungry. When Broadway producer Barney Hopkins comes up with idea for a new play they think their luck is about to change. However, it is going to cost $15,000 to get the show going. Brad Roberts (Dick Powell) decides to give the money to Barney but where he got it from is a mystery. Brad writes the music for the new show and his girlfriend Polly (Ruby Keeler) is to play the leading lady. However, on opening night the leading man can not perform and Brad is forced to go on even though he does not want to. The next day it is all over the papers that Robert Bradford, member of one of the richest families in Boston, is starring in the new musical. When his brother J. Lawrence (Warren William) reads the paper he goes to stop Brad's antics. Along with the family lawyer, Faneul Peabody, they decide to bribe the golddigiing Polly. When he meets Carol (Joan Blondell) he thinks she is Polly. Carol and Trixie (Aline MacMahon) decide to keep the trick up and get everything they possible can from the two. J. Bradford and "Fanny" eventually fall in love with the girls and this puts a kink in their plans.

This movie was very funny. Since it was a pre-code film there is a lot of innuendo in the movie. The acting was wonderful and the musical numbers were terrific, especially The Forgotten Man number at the end. It is very poignant when you think of the time period. Look for a young Ginger Rogers singing "We're In the Money" in Pig Latin at the beginning of the movie. There were two previous versions of the film, The Gold Diggers in 1923 and Gold Diggers of Broadway in 1929. There were also three movies that followed this one. Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935), Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936) and Gold Diggers in Paris (1938).



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