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USA 1933
Directed by
Mervyn Le Roy
96 minutes
Rated G

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway`
3 stars

Gold Diggers Of 1933

The best thing about this benchmark behind-the-scenes musical about putting on a Broadway show, based on an Avery Hopwood play which had already been filmed by Warner Bros in 1923 and 1927 as The Gold Diggers of Broadway, is of course the Ziegfield-style Busby Berkeley routines: "We're In The Money", "Pettin' in the Park", "The Shadow Waltz" and "Remember My Forgotten Man" stand out. All the Warner's stars of the period are here including Dick Powell, Ginger Rogers. Ruby Keeler, Joan Blondell and Aline McMahon.

Befitting a Depression-era audience the film gloriously denies any semblance of reality with Rogers and chorus appearing in coin-covered costumes for "We're In The Money". It was followed by 1935 and 1937 editions, neither of which were as good as this.




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