Gold Diggers of 1935 1935 NR CC

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A socialite is bamboozled into producing a stage show in her home in this amusing musical starring Alice Brady and Adolphe Menjou.

Starring:
Gloria Stuart, Alice Brady
Runtime:
1 hour 35 minutes

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Gold Diggers of 1935

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Product Details

Genres Musical, Comedy
Director Busby Berkeley
Starring Gloria Stuart, Alice Brady
Supporting actors Gloria Stuart, Alice Brady, Hugh Herbert, Glenda Farrell, Frank McHugh, Joseph Cawthorn, Grant Mitchell, Dorothy Dare, Wini Shaw, Arthur Aylesworth, Eleanor Bayley, George Beranger, Walter Brennan, Don Brodie, Jan Buckingham, Nora Cecil, E.E. Clive, Charles Coleman
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
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The number Lullaby of Broadway is so wonderful!
Lynn Ellingwood
As you know, the title of this film has the words "Gold Diggers" in it--and wow, how everybody is on the take in this movie!
Matthew G. Sherwin
As a rule, I don't much like musicals, but the sheer visual imagination of these numbers kept my attention.
James L.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Evan Stern on September 27, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I make no apologies for saying that Busby Berkeley's incredible sequence to "The Lullaby of Broadway" is one of the most beautiful, chilling, and exuberant moments in the history of American cinema. Not only is the number amazing from a visual standpoint, but is a fantastic illustration of urban isolationism, and attitudes of "The Great Depression." Dreamlike and hypnotic, the song easily seduces the moviegoer as its short character study takes flight, then leaves its viewers in a bizare state of discomfort as its story takes an abrupt and disturbing turn. I know it's cliched, but they really don't make 'em quite like this anymore!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By James L. on July 28, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
The first hour or so of this film sets up the plot. Dick Powell is hired by wealthy but cheap Alice Brady to chaperone... It seems like everyone is out to make or save a buck in this film, often with comedic results. But this film isn't famous for the plot. It's the musical numbers that make up the last third of the film that you will remember. There's one involving a huge number of showgirls playing pianos that revolve and move around the stage exactly like you would expect in a Busby Berkelely musical. The second number is for the famous song "Lullaby of Broadway", which Berkeley presents with great drama, pushing back all the boundaries. As a rule, I don't much like musicals, but the sheer visual imagination of these numbers kept my attention. There's nothing else like them. As for the actors, they do what they did so well in so many of the Warner Brothers' musicals and comedies of the Thirties. Forget the ridiculous plot and concentrate on the spectacle and professionalism of all involved.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Okay, the story is a cliche from start to finish and the acting is "thirties" overkill. That's not what any movie buff is interested in. The only reason this film is remembered, and it's a doozy of a reason, is the 13-plus minutes of "Lullaby of Broadway". This "film-within-a-film", as it were, is a hypnotic, visually billiant, and shockingly original musical number like none that has ever appeared on the screen. Its story of the life and death of a New York goodtime gal is thrillingly, cleverly rendered and ultimately achieves the impact of both moving and haunting the viewer. The most awesome and eerie part of the spectacle is the synchronized dancing of dozens of chorines and chorus boys, to the manacing strains of "Lullaby...". The effect is a curious mix of excitement and dread, just right for what's coming ahead. The number never fails to achieve maximum impact, and it's so unusual that it is worth the price of admission and deserves its lofty status. Listen to the lullaby...again and again.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Usonian33 on December 10, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
You really need to warm up to GOLD DIGGERS OF 1935. It is essentially a B-movie comedy that was somehow blessed with the best production number of any Hollywood musical--but that's waaaay at the end. If you resist the temptation to fast-foward to the Busby Berekeley numbers, and surrender to the general nuttiness, you'll find the movie is actually pretty funny. Alice Brady, Adolphe Menjou and the fabulous Glenda Farrell are excellent, and even Dick Powell isn't so bad here. Gloria Stuart (of TITANIC fame) has a memorable line:

Hugh Herbert: "Put her to bed with a hot water bottle."

Stuart: "That'll be more fun than I've had in ages."

Also, listen to the orchestrations during the musical numbers. They are first-class arrangements. I cannot even listen to any other version of "Lullaby of Broadway" except the one Wini Shaw sings here--it is the definitive rendition.

BRING ON THE DVD!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jay Dickson VINE VOICE on December 16, 2006
Format: DVD
After having directed the musical numbers for several of their films -- 42ND STREET, FOOTLIGHT PARADE, and GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933 ---, Warner Bros. finally let Busby Berkeley be the sole director for GOLD DIGGERS OF 1935, which as usual only features three musical numbers (with two of the big numbers stockpiled at the very end of the film). The plot concerns a stingy millionairess (Alice Brady) losing control of her two children at an expensive lake resort, and the characters are the two-dimensional types -- the easily-horrified dowager, the excitable Russian impresario, the stuffy collector of curios, etc. -- that might have been lifted from restoration comedy. Berkeley has such a heavy hand with his actors, however, that the acting seems more akin here to Kabuki. Brady even sustains a bizarrely florid hand gesture to indicate when she is thinking (you would never guess that in a year she would be honored with a Best Supporting Oscar for her sensitive work in IN OLD CHICAGO). The verbal repartee isn't very scintillating either. Much of it has to do with the characters figuring out various numerical sums (interest on annual income, percentages for financing a Broadway show) that become so overwhelming and repetitive they can have your head spinning before too long.

Fortunately Berkeley is infinitely more skilled as a director with motion and music than he is with spoken comedy. Indeed, his great skill is always negotiating complex movement through a myriad variations on a common theme, which may explain the film's obsession with numbers.
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