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Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
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Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

  Golden Age of the Silver Screen Episode #4
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Warner Bros released Gold Diggers of 1933 to theaters on May 27, 1933. Mervyn LeRoy directed the film and Busby Berkeley directed the musical sequences. The film starred Warren William, Joan Blondell, and Aline MacMahon.

Gold Diggers of 1933 Movie Summary

In New York, three showgirls, Polly, Carol, and Trixie, live in a rundown apartment. It’s the height of the Great Depression, and the girls are desperate for money. The stage show they worked for—their only source of income—was shut down for past due bills.

Their producer, Barney Hopkins has another show in mind which will bring in the money, but he can’t find anyone to fund the production. As he laments with the girls in their apartment, Barney hears Polly’s boyfriend, Brad, playing the piano across the way.

They invite Brad over where he performs for Barney. Brad is a songwriter with a lot of ideas, but no show to put them in. Barney hires Brad for his show, but he still lacks the funds. Luckily, Brad has $15,000 to give Barney, and the show is a go.

On opening night, the male lead can’t perform due to his lumbago acting up, so Brad reluctantly takes over the role. He’s reluctant because his wealthy family has forbidden him to have anything to do with the theater as it’s beneath the family, and he will be in trouble if they find out.

The show is a success, but Brad’s family does hear about it. They send his brother, J. Lawrence Bradford, and their family lawyer, Fanuel Peabody to protect him from those gold-digging hussies!

Once there, Lawrence believes Carol is Polly, and he offers to pay her off to ditch Brad. He and Fanny believe them to be cheap gold diggers. Lawrence’s approach annoys Carol and her roomie, Trixie. So, they decide to teach the men a lesson about judging women they don’t even know by pretending to be actual gold diggers.

In the process of their lesson, Carol and Lawrence fall in love, while Trixie tricks Fanny into believing she loves him for him. The film ends with Polly, Carol, and Trixie married (or in Carol’s case engaged) to one of the wealthy men, and they live happily ever after.

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  • Eddie

    I haven’t seen this film, but great podcast. Guess lori’s not the only musical fan around here. Looking forward to captain blood, will it air in October?

    • MHMChris

      Captain Blood will probably air in December…maybe November. We might just release these every other month or every three months.

      …and you should watch this film sometime. It’s an enjoyable one.

      • Eddie

        Thanks for adding captain blood to the November schedule!

        • MHMChris

          Yeah, we are going to try to do these every month, but only be 20 minutes long or so. 1954’s Godzilla is next months.

          • Eddie

            hmm, strange to call Godzilla a golden age film, but looking forward to it. Gold Diggers of 1937 is on TCM tomorrow, have you seen it? It’s odd to see Dick Powell in his musical phase, I always think of him as a film noir hero.

          • MHMChris

            Godzilla is a bit out of the Golden Age date range, but we will have a few of those from time to time…following that one will be 1944’s Double Indemnity.

            I haven’t seen Gold Diggers of 1937..I haven’t heard great things about it, but Joan Blondell is in it, and I like her a lot.

            And you’re right…if you’re going to see a Dick Powell film, watch Murder, My Sweet or Johnny O’Clock

          • Eddie

            That’s great about double indemnity! One of my favorites. Maybe the definitive film noir. Seems like it would be on lori’s top 100.

          • MHMChris

            It’s on my top 100 for sure!

          • Eddie

            Great. Looking forward to thist being reviewed for mhm as well as silver screen.