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Gold Diggers of 1933

Busby Berkeley, pre-Code sex and the most potent musical number on film.

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USA 1933
Dir Mervyn LeRoy
With Warren William, Aline MacMahon, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler
Certificate U

This Depression-era story about four showgirls is an extraordinary mix of Busby Berkeley dance numbers, politics and pre-Code sex. A coin-covered Ginger Rogers advises ‘We’re in the Money’, but it’s the spectacular ‘Remember My Forgotten Man’ that’s the main event, with heart-rending performances from Joan Blondell and Etta Moten protesting against the injustices endured by WWI veterans.

Also available on BFI Player.

+ Gold Diggers of Broadway
USA 1929. 10min (extract)
A surviving fragment of the early Technicolor musical.

Robin Baker


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