Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)

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When two investors inform an opportunistic dancer that they can't fund an elderly stage producer's production, she suggests they get an insurance policy on the producer's life.



  • Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)
  • Joan Blondell and Glenda Farrell in Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)
  • Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)
  • Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)
  • Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)
  • Joan Blondell, Glenda Farrell, Ethelreda Leopold, Victor Moore, and Dick Powell in Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)

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20 July 2003 | Doylenf
Typical Warner musical only for 'Gold Digger' fans...
A nostalgic look at the old-fashioned (and very corny) musicals of the '30s produced by WB is the only reason for viewing this oldie with Dick Powell and Joan Blondell. Not even the veteran scene-stealer Victor Moore is able to salvage the silly plot nor the shenanigans of the scheming Glenda Farrell.

The weak excuse for a story is all about being able to put on a Broadway show--namely, getting the money to fund it. When the show finally does get staged, it's done in Busby Berkeley style with camera effects that couldn't possibly be duplicated in a real stage show--including trick special effects. But of course, all logic disappeared when watching musicals such as this in the '30s and depression weary audiences probably couldn't have cared less.

One of the crafty villains Morty Wethered (Osgood Perkins) is played by Anthony Perkins' father. And if you look real fast, you can spot Jane Wyman who has one line to speak as a chorus girl.

The tunes are nothing to shout about but "Speaking of the Weather" is done in charming style with Powell and Blondell in a rainy day office scene and later reprised during the poolside sequence. "All's Fair In Love and War" is the big finale--but ultimately the viewer is left with the feeling that this has all been done before and with better results in previous "Gold Digger" films. Most earnest emoting in the film is done by Dick Powell who breezed through his Warner musicals with confidence and charm.

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