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Gold Diggers of 1937

Where some of the Gold Digger annuals from Warner have not been overburdened with heavy story material, the current musical opus gets moving with the advantage of a trim backstage yarn taken from Mystery of Life, the Broadway play by Richard Maibaum, Michael Wallach and George Haight.

With:
Dick Powell Joan Blondell Victor Moore Glenda Farrell Lee Dixon Osgood Perkins

Where some of the Gold Digger annuals from Warner have not been overburdened with heavy story material, the current musical opus gets moving with the advantage of a trim backstage yarn taken from Mystery of Life, the Broadway play by Richard Maibaum, Michael Wallach and George Haight.

Cast as a cocksure insurance salesman, Dick Powell breezes through the picture like he had been selling policies all his life. He has four outstanding songs, never overdoes them and breaks through with his ballads at the most opportune times.

Victor Moore enters the picture scene again back at his old trick of show thefting. In the role of the hypochondriac theatrical producer, he is the trouper of old and easily the comedy life of the party. Glenda Farrell, a typical gold-digging chorine in the story, works smoothly and for laughable results opposite the pompous show czar.

Joan Blondell, while not given her customary rowdy role, is effective as the chorine turned stenog. This spots her opposite Dick Powell again, with a modern-day romance deftly introduced and never permitted to go overboard.

1936: Nomination: Best Dance Direction (‘Love and War’)

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Gold Diggers of 1937

Production: Warner. Director Lloyd Bacon, Busby Berkeley; Producer [uncredited]; Screenplay Warren Duff; Camera Arthur Edeson; Editor Thomas Richards; Music Leo F. Forbstein (dir.); Art Director Max Parker

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1936. Running time: 101 MIN.

With: Dick Powell Joan Blondell Victor Moore Glenda Farrell Lee Dixon Osgood Perkins

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