Gold Diggers of 1933
Dir. Mervyn LeRoy. 1933, 96 mins. 35mm. With Joan Blondell, Warren William, Ruby Keeler, Ginger Rogers, Dick Powell. The ideal Busby Berkeley film: the super-choreographer created some of the most eye-popping, elaborate musical showstoppers ever filmed for this fluffy entertainment about four aspiring actresses trying to make it during the Great Depression. Numbers such as “Remember My Forgotten Man” and “Pettin’ in the Park” are high points of early Hollywood, examples of cinematic ingenuity that have not been bettered to this day. And Ginger Rogers sets the escapist tone in the opening number, “We’re in the Money.”
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