Review: ‘Gold Diggers of Broadway’

Lots of color - Technicolor - lots of comedy, girls, songs, music, dancing, production in Gold Diggers of Broadway.

Lots of color – Technicolor – lots of comedy, girls, songs, music, dancing, production in Gold Diggers of Broadway.

When they got through with [Avery Hopwood’s play] Gold Diggers, Warners had only the title left. Around that they built another show, on and off stage.

Somebody tossed the picture into Winnie Lightner’s lap. Mugging, talking, singing or slapsticking, she can do them all, and does in this picture. Nancy Welford does nicely enough what she has to do.

Next to Lightner in work is her comedy opposite, Albert Gran, as a grey-haired heavyweight lawyer, whom Winnie lands. Lilyan Tashman does an upstage show dame rather well. Helen Foster and William Bakewell are the kids in a very slim love thread.

In the rewritten Gold Diggers the love thing is only the alibi. The new story is hung onto it, with just enough of the digging to hold up the title. Well worked out, with plenty of speed all of the time, and color all of the while.

Gold Diggers of Broadway

Production

Warner. Director Roy Del Ruth; Screenplay Robert Lord; Music Al Dubin, Joe Burke

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1929. Running time: 105 MIN.

With

Nancy Welford Conway Tearle Winnie Lightner Ann Pennington Lilyan Tashman Nick Lucas
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