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Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 30 August 1929 (USA)
Three Broadway chorus girls seek rich husbands.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

De Leon Anthony (titles), Avery Hopwood (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Nancy Welford ... Jerry Lamar
Conway Tearle ... Stephen Lee
Winnie Lightner ... Mabel
Ann Pennington ... Ann Collins
Lilyan Tashman ... Eleanor
William Bakewell ... Wally
Nick Lucas Nick Lucas ... Nick
Helen Foster ... Violet
Albert Gran ... Blake
Julia Swayne Gordon ... Cissy Gray
Lee Moran ... Dance Director
Armand Kaliz ... Barney Barnett
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louise Beavers ... Sadie the Maid
Neely Edwards ... Stage Manager
Gertrude Short ... Topsy
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Storyline

Three Broadway chorus girls seek rich husbands.

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Plot Keywords:

backstage | See All (1) »

Taglines:

Girls! Songs! Dances! COLOR! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brodvejske kopacice zlata See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,537,200

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,648,060
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Two reels survive (including the finale) and the complete soundtrack survives on Vitaphone discs. See more »

Quotes

Stephen Lee: Oh, Jerry, I love you. I love you very much! Won't you please marry me?
Jerry Lamar: Lookout, Uncle Steve. You don't know what you're letting yourself in for. There's quite a family of us. There's mother and Bobby.
Stephen Lee: Bobby?
Jerry Lamar: Bobby's my little brother. He lives with mother. Just five, Uncle Steve. I've always looked after him and I must keep on doing so. Oh, but Bobby needs so many things. A pony and lots of clothes and he eats so much. Then, of course, he'll grow up and you'll send him to school and to college...
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Connections

Followed by Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Go to Bed
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Music by Joseph A. Burke
Copyright 1929 by M. Witmark & Sons
Sung by Nick Lucas
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Fantastic snippets from a lost treasure
13 January 2011 | by psen57See all my reviews

I have heard portions of the Vitaphone soundtrack in the past and recently seen the extant film clips featuring Nick Lucas singing "Tip toe through the tulips" and the Finale. Whilst these musical numbers are not like the grand designs as later seen in Busby Berkeley cinematic choreographed numbers they are still spectacular and more like one would see on a real stage. The action is fast and breezy. The costumes and sets look gorgeous. Warners did a great job despite the limitations of early colour and sound movies.

The finale is a reprise of most of the featured songs that were in the film. The colours though muted still look fantastic and there is tremendous energy and life in the dancers. Nancy Welford blew me away with her charm when singing the "Song of the Gold Diggers" in the Finale. I never appreciated "Tip toe through the tulips" until I saw this original version. Keep humming it all the time now. Does anyone know who the lovely lady is that Nick Lucas is serenading? I think it could be Lilyan Tashman who passed way several years after making this film.

Given the success of the stage remake of 42nd Street, it would not be a bad idea if this film was also revived into a stage show. All the ingredients for success are there. The mystique of a lost treasure, a snappy story with a suite of fantastic musical numbers and easily adaptable for the stage. The dialogue and songs still exist on Vitaphone disks and we have a feel of what the film looked like from the clips. It would be a fantastic visual experience to see it in similar two strip Technicolor hues as in the film. All pastels, pinks, greens, turquoise, browns, sepia, reds, oranges and gold. Would make a surreal visual experience.


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