Released – May, 1933
Directed By – Mervyn LeRoy
Starring – Warren William (J. Lawrence Bradford), Joan Blondell (Carol King), Aline MacMahon (Trixie Lorraine), Ruby Keeler (Polly Parker), Dick Powell (Brad Roberts), Ginger Rogers (Fay Fortune).
Description – The Biggest Show On Earth!
This pre-code Warner Brothers musical was staged and choreographed by Busby Berkeley. During the height of the depression, producer Barney Hopkins has everything he needs to produce a hit show.
He’s got the talent in “gold diggers” with Polly the ingenue, Trixie the comedienne, Fay the glamour puss, Carol the torch singer, and a good story. Only one thing lacking…money. Creditor’s have just closed down rehearsal due to unpaid bills.
Out of the blue, Polly’s boyfriend Brad Roberts, a talented singer and songwriter who has written the music for the show, offers to put up $15,000 to back the production. Everyone thinks he is joking until he comes up with the money and production begins.
One catch, Brad does not want to perform in the show despite his talent. This adds to everyone’s suspicion as to where this money came from and why not perform? Is Brad really hiding something?
It seems he is, as Brad is the son of a wealthy family who has no intention of allowing him to become a stage performer and end up seduced by some “gold digger.”
NOTABLE: In 2003 Gold Diggers of 1933 was selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
This film was nominated for Best Sound, Recording.