- Publisher: Warner Bros.
- ASIN: B001O7YKFO
- Package Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 126 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gold Diggers of 1933
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Disc and case of this Pre-code Busby Berkeley musical starring the multi-talented Ginger Rogers are in mint condition. From my personal collection.
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For many of these films Berkeley's incredible dance numbers (is that really the right word? It's about design and ideas, more than actual dancing, usually) are inserted into stories directed by other WB directors. But these directors are skilled in the breathless WB action style and get fine performances from greats like Cagney and Joan Blondell. The first 3 films are pre-code and sexier and slightly more energized than later entries. Berkeley's directorial debut in Gold Diggers of 1935 has one of the lamer story lines, but you won't want to skip it anyway.
It's a minor quibble, but I don't understand the early '30s public's love affair with Ruby Keeler. Yeah, she's pretty, likeable, and the kid could dance a little but her voice is weak and while her acting does improve, she's always the weakest performer on a crowed screen.
There's two excerpts from the ORIGINAL Gold Diggers musical refurbed in lush early color. The director doesn't have Berkeley's fluid artistry, but the camerawork/editing is pretty fluid for the early sound era; the dancing/acrobatics are worth seeing. They're tantalizing outtakes from a lost work. I want more!
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