Gold Diggers of 1933

Second of the archetypal backstage musicals from Warners (it followed hard on the success of 42nd Street) which established the idiosyncratic geometrics of Busby Berkeley. Some semblance of a plot (songwriter Powell turns against his wealthy parents in wishing to marry chorus girl Keeler), and much Depression wisecracking from Blondell, MacMahon and Rogers; but most notable is the vulgar, absurd and wonderfully surreal Berkeley choreography. Great numbers: Ginger Rogers adorned in dollars singing 'We're in the Money'; young lovers interrupted by rain while 'Pettin' in the Park'; and on a strangely bleak note, the files of unemployed ex-servicemen during 'Remember My Forgotten Man'. Delirious and delightful.

Release details

Duration: 96 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Screenwriter: Erwin Gelsey, James Seymour
Cast: Warren William
Joan Blondell
Aline MacMahon
Ruby Keeler
Dick Powell
Ginger Rogers
Ned Sparks
Guy Kibbee
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