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Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Mervyn LeRoy and produced by Raymond Griffith, Jack L. Warner and Robert Lord.

Gold Diggers of 1933 was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2003.

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The Sexy GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933 “Sequel” You Haven’t Seen

By Will McKinley on May 15, 2015 From Cinematically Insane

Even if you don?t like old movies you?ve probably heard of GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933. The Warner Bros. musical about sassy showgirls and their in-the-money beaus has become iconic, thanks in part to lampoons in Preston Sturges? SULLIVAN?S TRAVELS (where it?s verbally parodied as ANTS IN YOUR PLANTS OF 19... Read full article


The Depression Satire, Gold Diggers of 1933

By Judy on Jan 11, 2015 From Cary Grant Won't Eat You

What does the term gold digger really mean, in the context of the Depression? Today we think of Kanye?s gold digger; buying gold and liposuction, maybe holding a lap dog and wearing furs; not a showgirl escaping destitution. For a musical, Gold Diggers of 1933 is surprisingly earnest, managing to bo... Read full article


A Tribute to “The Shadow Waltz” from Gold Diggers of 1933

By Angela on Apr 25, 2014 From Hollywood Revue

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Busby Berkeley musical numbers. ?“42nd Street,” “We’re in the Money,” “By a Waterfall,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” I just can’t tear myself away from the TV if one of his numbers is playing. ?Pi... Read full article


Ten Little Things I Love About Gold Diggers of 1933

By Angela on Apr 11, 2014 From Hollywood Revue

1. ?This dress worn by Ginger Rogers. GIF found at Schatzepage Tumblr. 2. ?This door. 3. ?“We’re the Kentucky Hillbillies!” 4. ?The way Ginger Rogers says, “The Depression, dearie.” GIF found on Gingerrogerss Tumblr. 5. ?Dancing with the snowman. 6. ?Adjusted for i... Read full article


Gold Diggers of 1933: The Ultimate Early 1930s Film

By Angela on Apr 4, 2014 From Hollywood Revue

When a movie is described as being a product its time, it’s often meant in a sort of apologetic way. ?It’s the sort of thing I say about creaky early talkies like?The Broadway Melody?or?The Hollywood Revue of 1929. ?It’s basically a nicer way of saying, “Look, I know this isn... Read full article


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Quotes from

Trixie Lorraine: Isn't there going to be any comedy in the show?
Barney Hopkins: Oh, plenty! The gay side, the hard-boiled side, the cynical and funny side of the depression! I'll make 'em laugh at you starving to death, honey. It'll be the funniest thing you ever did.


Barney Hopkins: It's all about the Depression.
Carol King: We won't have to rehearse that.


Barney Hopkins: Who are you?
The Kentucky Hillbillies: The Kentucky Hillbillies.
Barney Hopkins: Who?
The Kentucky Hillbillies: The Kentucky Hillbillies.
Kentucky Hillbilly #1: Singing!
Kentucky Hillbilly #2: Dancing!
Kentucky Hillbilly #3: Music!
Kentucky Hillbilly #4: Wisecracks!
Barney Hopkins: Do you know Your Old Kentucky Home?
The Kentucky Hillbillies: You said it!
Barney Hopkins: Scram right back there! Your old mammy is waiting for ya.
The Kentucky Hillbillies: We get it.


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Facts about

Following his quip about Warren and Dubin, Barney Hopkins (Ned Sparks) refers to "the Astaires" in pointing out theatrical excellence. Fred Astaire and his sister Adele Astaire had been the reigning brother/sister duo on Broadway until Adele's retirement the previous year. Ginger Rogers, soon to become Mr. Astaire's screen partner at RKO, is in this scene in which Fred and Adele are mentioned.
Was originally planned to end with the production number "Petting in the Park", but after seeing the complete numbers, the studio added the politically charged "My Forgotten Man" at the end, pointing out that while the cast is "in the money", many others were not Depression-era America were not. Remains of the old order are visible; in the final backstage scene, Ruby Keeler and the chorus girls are all wearing costumes for the number "Petting in the Park".
The musical numbers were added to the film after it was already finished due to the enormous success of Busby Berkeley's routines in 42nd Street.
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National Film Registry

Gold Diggers of 1933

Released 1933
Inducted 2003
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