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360 Ratings

Gold Diggers of 1933

Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
United States, 1933


The second talkie version of the Avery Hopwood’s theatrical war-horse The Golddiggers of Broadway, Gold Diggers of 1933 was the second of three back-to-back 1933 Warner Bros. musicals benefiting from the genius of Busby Berkeley.

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Gold Diggers of 1933 Directed by Mervyn LeRoy

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1934 | Nominee: Best Sound, Recording

National Film Preservation Board

2003 | Winner: National Film Registry

Critics reviews

From flesh to electricity, “The Shadow Waltz” puts troupers with plugged-in fiddles on Dalian staircases; hoop skirts contract and dilate like petals in overhead shots, then the lights go out and they’re fused into one huge neon violin. Finally, “a blue song—no, not a blue song, a wailing”: “Remember My Forgotten Man,” a rare chance to see Blondell’s rollicking eyes charged with sublime sorrow.
January 01, 2010
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Though heaps of credit for this pre-code spectacle rightly go to Busby Berkeley and his inimitable brand of musical delirium, more than a modicum of thanks is owed to Mervyn LeRoy, who succeeds admirably in the task of making the space between Berkeley numbers seem so much more than just downtime.
September 21, 2012
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The backstage-Broadway plot, about a visionary producer (Ned Sparks), three struggling showgirls (Blondell, Ruby Keeler, and Aline MacMahon), a talented singer-songwriter (Dick Powell) who’s a Boston blueblood in hiding, and his stuffy folks from home (Warren William and Guy Kibbee), is put through its clattery paces by the director, Mervyn LeRoy. But the movie thrives and survives on Berkeley’s genius; for all his spectacular theatrical flair, he’s a sociobiologist in rhythm.
January 27, 2014
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