Released – March, 1935
Directed By – Busby Berkeley
Starring – Dick Powell (Dick Curtis), Adolphe Menjou (Nicolai Nicoleff), Gloria Stuart (Ann Prentiss), Alice Brady (Mrs. Prentiss), Hugh Hubert (T. Mosley Thorpe), Glenda Farrell (Betty Hawes).
Description – Working his way through medical school, desk clerk Dick Curtis is made an offer too good to pass up. Wealthy Mrs. Prentiss has offered to pay Dick a handsome sum just to serve as an escort to her daughter Ann for the summer.
Even Dick’s fiancee Arline goes along with the idea. It seems that Mrs. Prentiss wants Ann, despite her objections, to marry middle-aged millionaire T. Mosley Thorpe and providing Ann with a summer escort is her way of protecting Ann from potential suitors.
Mrs. Prentiss hopes to avoid marital troubles such as those suffered by Ann’s brother Humboldt who is a sucker for a pretty face. The rich, but thrifty, Mrs. Prentiss has had to bail Humboldt out of a number of embarrassing situations.
With the arrival of summer comes the pet project of Mrs. Prentiss – a charity show for the “Milk Fund.” Mrs. Prentiss hires flamboyant, but somewhat shifty Russian dance director Nicolai Nicoleff to direct the show and has provided him a very tight budget.
However, Nicolai, his set designer, the hotel manager, and even the hotel stenographer who just happens to be blackmailing Thorpe, are all looking to milk the wealthy Mrs. Prentiss for as much of her money as they can get.
Engagements will be broken, new romances will bloom, and Mrs. Prentiss just may be out a few bucks. As for the charity show…it will be great!
NOTABLE: Gold Diggers of 1935 won the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song (Lullaby of Broadway), and was also nominated for Best Dance Direction.
This was the third of five films in the Gold Diggers series of musical comedies.
Busby Berkeley’s elaborate production number, “The Words Are in My Heart” used 56 white grand pianos.