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Gold Diggers Of 1933

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Tookey's Rating
9 /10
Average Rating
8.85 /10
Warren William, Joan Blondell , Aline MacMahon
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Directed by: Mervyn Le Roy
Written by: Erwin Gelsey, James Seymour, David Boehm, Ben Markson from Avery Hopwood's play

Released: 1933
Origin: US
Length: 96

Songwriter (Dick Powell) from wealthy family wishes to marry a chorus-girl (Ruby Keeler); his family tries to stop him.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Though hurriedly produced by Warner Brothers in only 45 days to cash in on the unexpected success of 42nd Street, this is one of the all-time-great musicals. Even the plot holds up well, thanks to a romantic partnership (Powell and Keeler) with charm, and comic support from Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon and Ginger Rogers.

Admittedly, the Depression theme gets lost as the main plot takes over; when it surfaces belatedly and bizarrely in the final number, Forgotten Man, it seems to spring from nowhere. But there are classic ingredients, especially Busby Berkeley’s elaborately vulgar, unforgettable stagings of Al Dubin and Harry Warren’s terrific songs.

It received only one Oscar nomination, for Best Sound.

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