Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)

95 mins | Musical comedy | 16 March 1935

Director:

Busby Berkeley

Cinematographer:

George Barnes

Editor:

George Amy

Production Designer:

Anton Grot

Production Company:

First National Productions Corp.
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HISTORY

A news item in DV notes that Jack Grieves, a twenty-six year old dancer in the chorus, died on the set from acute indigestion. A news item in HR notes that Rosita, formerly of the dance team Ramon and Rosita, applied for an injunction against Warner Bros. because although she did not appear in the film, she was billed as dancing with Ramon. According to modern sources, fifty-six pianos were used in "The Words Are in My Heart" number. To create their movement, stagehands dressed in black were under each piano. "Lullaby of Broadway" won the Academy Award for Best Song of the year. For more information on Warner Bros.' "Gold Diggers" films see the entry below for Gold Diggers of 1933. ...

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A news item in DV notes that Jack Grieves, a twenty-six year old dancer in the chorus, died on the set from acute indigestion. A news item in HR notes that Rosita, formerly of the dance team Ramon and Rosita, applied for an injunction against Warner Bros. because although she did not appear in the film, she was billed as dancing with Ramon. According to modern sources, fifty-six pianos were used in "The Words Are in My Heart" number. To create their movement, stagehands dressed in black were under each piano. "Lullaby of Broadway" won the Academy Award for Best Song of the year. For more information on Warner Bros.' "Gold Diggers" films see the entry below for Gold Diggers of 1933.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
5 Nov 1934
p. 4
Daily Variety
11 Jan 1935
p. 5
Daily Variety
12 Jan 1935
p. 4
Daily Variety
15 Jan 1935
p. 1
Daily Variety
18 Mar 1935
p. 3
Film Daily
15 Mar 1935
p. 17
Hollywood Reporter
22 Mar 1935
p. 2
Hollywood Reporter
18 Apr 1935
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
10 Aug 1935
p. 2
Motion Picture Daily
4 Mar 1935
p. 3
Motion Picture Herald
23 Mar 1935
p. 39
New York Times
15 Mar 1935
p. 25
Variety
20 Mar 1935
p. 17
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Story
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
DANCE
Dances created and staged
SOURCES
SONGS
"Lullaby of Broadway," "The Words Are in My Heart" and "I'm Going Shopping with You," music and lyrics by Harry Warren and Al Dubin.
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
16 March 1935
Production Date:
completed 14 Jan 1935
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
First National Pictures, Inc.
25 February 1935
LP5348
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
95
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
580
SYNOPSIS

The wealthy Mrs. Mathilda Prentiss, her sullen daughter Ann, and playboy son Humbolt are vacationing at a luxurious summer resort, where they are joined by Ann's fiancé, T. Mosley Thorpe, an eccentric, middle-aged millionaire who is writing a monograph on snuffboxes. Ann is getting no attention from Mosley and convinces her mother to hire Dick Curtis, the hotel's handsome and youthful desk clerk, to escort her for the summer. Dick hesitates, but his fiancée, Arlene Davis, encourages him to accept the job. With Dick's help, Ann buys a new wardrobe and jewels and gets a new coiffure, transforming herself into a lovely young woman. Meanwhile, Humbolt has discovered Arlene's charms, and Mrs. Prentiss has hired an impresario named Nicoleff to direct her annual charity show. The parsimonious Mrs. Prentiss wants to cut corners on the production, but Nicoleff, along with Schultz, his set decorator, Louis Lamson, the hotel manager, and Betty Hawes, the hotel stenographer, are plotting to make a big profit at the wealthy woman's expense. Betty, who has been taking dictation for Mosley, is also scheming to blackmail the befuddled writer, by suggesting he use her name in the lyrics for a love song. When she addresses a copy to herself, it reads like a proposal. By the time the show goes on, Ann and Dick are in love, Arlene has married Humbolt and Mrs. Prentiss discovers Mosley's entanglement with Betty, who is suing him for breach of promise. The lavish musical is a hit, but has cost Mrs. Prentiss a small fortune. Finally, Ann defies her mother and marries ...

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The wealthy Mrs. Mathilda Prentiss, her sullen daughter Ann, and playboy son Humbolt are vacationing at a luxurious summer resort, where they are joined by Ann's fiancé, T. Mosley Thorpe, an eccentric, middle-aged millionaire who is writing a monograph on snuffboxes. Ann is getting no attention from Mosley and convinces her mother to hire Dick Curtis, the hotel's handsome and youthful desk clerk, to escort her for the summer. Dick hesitates, but his fiancée, Arlene Davis, encourages him to accept the job. With Dick's help, Ann buys a new wardrobe and jewels and gets a new coiffure, transforming herself into a lovely young woman. Meanwhile, Humbolt has discovered Arlene's charms, and Mrs. Prentiss has hired an impresario named Nicoleff to direct her annual charity show. The parsimonious Mrs. Prentiss wants to cut corners on the production, but Nicoleff, along with Schultz, his set decorator, Louis Lamson, the hotel manager, and Betty Hawes, the hotel stenographer, are plotting to make a big profit at the wealthy woman's expense. Betty, who has been taking dictation for Mosley, is also scheming to blackmail the befuddled writer, by suggesting he use her name in the lyrics for a love song. When she addresses a copy to herself, it reads like a proposal. By the time the show goes on, Ann and Dick are in love, Arlene has married Humbolt and Mrs. Prentiss discovers Mosley's entanglement with Betty, who is suing him for breach of promise. The lavish musical is a hit, but has cost Mrs. Prentiss a small fortune. Finally, Ann defies her mother and marries Dick.

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