Golden Age of the Silver Screen

Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

Episode #4

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.

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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.

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  1. 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?

    1. 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.

        1. 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.

          1. 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.

          2. 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

          3. 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. Cry Danger and Pitfall are 2 more great Dick Powell noirs, if you haven’t seen them.

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