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Gold Diggers of 1935

G Released Mar 15, 1935 1h 35m Musical Comedy List
100% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 71% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Mrs. Mathilda Prentiss (Alice Brady) arrives at a summer resort with her daughter, Ann (Gloria Stuart) and son, Humbolt (Frank McHugh) to put on the annual charity show. Ann is engaged to eccentric millionaire T. Mosley Thorpe (Hugh Herbert), who ignores her. To escort her daughter for the summer, Mathilda hires hotel desk clerk Dick Curtis (Dick Powell), whose fiancée, Arlene (Dorothy Dare), doesn't mind. Dick falls for Ann, Humbolt falls for Arlene, and the show's an expansive success. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine There is a sort of plot and while it has its rougher moments... the general effect is just dreamy and lunatic. In fact, rather like a quiet evening at home with a bottle of paregoric. Aug 6, 2019 Full Review Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy The airiness of this film is the result of hard, focused work... It's not high art, but it's about as impressively disciplined as filmmaking craftsmanship can get. Rated: 8/10 May 17, 2014 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) If Gold Diggers of 1935 wasn't quite up to its predecessor, it's probably the fault of the newly enforced Production Code. Rated: 4/5 Aug 14, 2013 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com This second musical in the Gold Diggers series is vastly entertaining due to Busby Berkeley's production numbers, including the Oscar-winning song Lullaby of Broadway. Rated: B+ Sep 21, 2012 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews For the most part a smashing spectacle. Rated: B+ Mar 6, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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steve d nearly as good as the first. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Amazing Busby Berkeley productions in the second half. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review william d For most of the movie I was thinking they didn't give Berkeley much money to work with here. The first two thirds or so of the movie takes place in just a few small sets. Then, I was suddenly presented with dozens of beautiful girls pretending to play grand pianos that are magically maneuvering independently on a massive, two-tiered stage. I thought, "There we go." If that scenario interests you by all means check this movie out, ignore the insipid story and wait for the production numbers. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member GOLD DIGGERS OF 1935 (Warner Brothers, 1935), directed by Busby Berkeley, is a lavish musical set in New England's Wentworth Plaza, a summer fashionable hotel, featuring a cross section of people working or staying there, many wanting to make some extra money for themselves, hence the title "Gold Diggers." In this edition, the "Gold Digging" is done by both men and women, with the exception of the romantic leads. Dick Curtis (Dick Powell), a desk clerk working his way through medical school, is engaged to marry Arline Davis (Dorothy Dare), employed as a the hostess there. Guests at the swank hotel include Ann Prentiss (Gloria Stuart), the daughter of the ultra wealthy but stingy widow Matilda Prentiss (Alice Brady), who wants Ann to marry eccentric middle-aged millionaire, T. Mosley Thorpe (Hugh Herbert), but before Ann will commit herself into a loveless marriage, she wants to go out and enjoy herself first. Mother Prentiss consents to this, but with protection, by hiring Dick as her escort. In the meantime, Arline becomes interested in Humbolt (Frank McHugh), Ann's girl-chasing brother with four previous marriages. While Mosley gets time away from Ann to write a book about snuff, he is pursued by Betty Hawes (Glenda Farrell), a gold-digging stenographer. More complications ensue when the freeloading Nikolai Nicoleff (Adolphe Menjou), a Russian theatrical producer mooching off the hotel, is asked by the manager, Louis Lamson (Grant Mitchell) to stage a musical show that will not only help pay for his bill, but to help benefit the Charity Milk Fund. Sponsored by Mrs. Prentiss, she wants everything in the show to be "small and cheap." With all this is set aside, the real entertainment begins with two lavish production numbers choreographed by Busby Berkeley. With the score by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, GOLD DIGGERS OF 1935 opens instrumentally to "I'm Going Shopping With You," where employees, including bellboys and chambermaids, musically preparing the hotel for the upcoming guests. The song is later introduced by Powell as he escorts Stuart on a shopping spree, charging everything to her mother. This is later followed by the tender love song, "The Words Are In My Heart" sung by Powell to Stuart on the motor boat. For the charity show, the first number is "The Words Are In My Heart" introduced by Powell to Stuart in period clothes, followed by a parade of chorus girls playing the tune while sitting on movable white pianos. An excellent number that needs to be seen to be appreciated. When one thinks Berkeley cannot outdo that piano segment, stay tuned for the 14 minute finale, "The Lullaby of Broadway." Sung by Winifred Shaw, the big climax of hundreds of dancers in the night club sequence is an instant classic. This segment alone is usually clipped into movie documentaries, especially a segment into public television's 1971 90-minute presentation of "The Movie-Crazy Years," a look back into the history of Warner Brothers movies of the 1930s. "The Lullaby of Broadway" went on to win the Academy Award as best song of the year. While "Shopping" and "Words" are underscored throughout the story, with insert of "Tango Del Rio" from WONDER BAR (1934), only "Lullaby of Broadway" gives indication of one being inserted here from another movie or musical short, considering the fact that the song isn't heard at all until its grand finale, thus saving the best for last. In closing, GOLD DIGGERS OF 1935 is grand scale musical showing that Berkeley handles his production numbers better than the weak plot. Alice Brady's character can often be annoying while the Warners reliables of Frank McHugh and Hugh Herbert tend to strain a bit for laughs. For character acting, Adolphe Menjou acquires a thick Russian accent to match with his comedic moments opposite Joseph Cawthorne as another heavily accented August Schultz. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member The best musical movie ever made! With the best movie song ever sung: Lullaby of Broadway! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Not as strong, original or inventive as the original 1933 version. The plot is rather pedestrian & uneventful. The story of a flash hotel and their struggle for tips in hard times & the build up to musical performance in the final quarter. Wonderful dance sequences & terrific music but as an individual film it's rather flat. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Mrs. Mathilda Prentiss (Alice Brady) arrives at a summer resort with her daughter, Ann (Gloria Stuart) and son, Humbolt (Frank McHugh) to put on the annual charity show. Ann is engaged to eccentric millionaire T. Mosley Thorpe (Hugh Herbert), who ignores her. To escort her daughter for the summer, Mathilda hires hotel desk clerk Dick Curtis (Dick Powell), whose fiancée, Arlene (Dorothy Dare), doesn't mind. Dick falls for Ann, Humbolt falls for Arlene, and the show's an expansive success.
Director
Busby Berkeley
Screenwriter
Manuel Seff, Peter Milne
Distributor
Warner Bros. Pictures
Production Co
Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
Rating
G
Genre
Musical, Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Mar 15, 1935, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 21, 2016
Runtime
1h 35m
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