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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: "Fanny" is Faneul H. Peabody, just the kind of man I've been looking for, lots of money and no resistance.


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.


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Facts about

The play "The Gold Diggers" by Avery Hopwood opened at the Lyceum Theatre in New York on 30 September 1919 and closed in June 1920 after 282 performances. The opening night cast included Ina Claire and Lilyan Tashman.
At 5:55 PM PST on March 10, 1933, the Long Beach earthquake hit southern California, measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale. When the earthquake hit, Busby Berkeley was filming the "Shadow Waltz" dance sequence on a sound stage on the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank. The earthquake caused a blackout on the sound stage and short-circuited some of the neon-tubed violins. Berkeley was almost thrown from a camera boom, and dangled by one hand until he could pull himself back up. Since many of the chorus girls in the dance number were on a 30-foot-high scaffold, Berkeley yelled for them to sit down and wait until the stage hands and technicians could open the sound stage doors and let in some light.
Various people, including director Mervyn LeRoy and choreographer Busby Berkeley, have claimed credit for Ginger Rogers' pig-Latin rendition of "We're in the Money". In her autobiography, Rogers gives the credit to then Warner Bros executive Darryl F. Zanuck.
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National Film Registry

Gold Diggers of 1933

Released 1933
Inducted 2003
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