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Gold Diggers of 1933

(DVD - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Gold Diggers of 1933


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Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler play two young hopefuls struggling to make it on Broadway. Even falling in love has its hardships, as Powell's high-brow Eastern family is determined to break them (and the show) up. More complications set in when his brother falls for Keeler's wise-cracking roommate.
Title: Gold diggers of 1933
[videorecording]
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Turner Entertainment Co. ;, Burbank, CA :, Distributed by Warner Home Video,, c2006, c1933
Edition: Standard version
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (98 min.) :,sd., b&w. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. & The Vitaphone Corp ; director, Mervyn LeRoy ; screenplay by Erwin Gelsey & James Seymour
Notes: Originally produced in 1933 as a motion picture by Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc
Based on a play by Avery Hopwood
Also includes: new featurettes: 42nd Street from book to stage to screen, Gold diggers: FDR's New Deal... Broadway bound. 3 vintage featurettes: The 42nd Street special, Rambling round radio row #2, Seasoned greetings. 3 vintage cartoons: I've got to sing a torch song, Pettin' in the park, We're in the money and Busby Berkeley musicals trailer gallery
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Summary: Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler play two young hopefuls struggling to make it on Broadway. Even falling in love has its hardships, as Powell's high-brow Eastern family is determined to break them (and the show) up. More complications set in when his brother falls for Keeler's wise-cracking roommate.
Branch Call Number: DVD Musicals GOLD
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Report This Dec 28, 2013
  • mkbretsch rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Must see, not just because it is immensely well done and entertaining as a film, but specifically because: Joan Blondell does a star turn as the archetypal fast talking, ambitious, gold hearted American dame in this Depression classic. If you want to understand either the importance of Blondell, or of the type, this film is a key study item. Busby Berkeley's "The Forgotten Man" number is a profound work, and arguably the best piece of political theater made in America in the 20th C to reach a mass audience. It certainly earns Berkeley a respectable rank as advocate for the "forgotten men" of that decade. It is an interesting slice of streetwise, secular, anti-Temperance white American feminism. It begs lots of questions about class, gender and race in US big city culture of that era.

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