Gold Diggers of 1933

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

Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Entertainment, Turner Entertainment Co. ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2006, c1933
Edition: Standard version
Branch Call Number: DVD Musicals GOLD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (98 min.) :,sd., b&w. ;,4 3/4 in


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This Busby Berkeley extravaganza includes such naughty numbers as "Petting in the Park."

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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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