Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)

100-101 mins | Musical | 28 December 1936

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writer:

Warren Duff

Cinematographer:

Arthur Edeson

Editor:

Thomas Richards

Production Designer:

Max Parker

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Busby Berkeley received an Academy Award nomination as dance director for the "Love and War" number. For more information on Warner Bros.' "Gold Digger" films, See Entry for Gold Diggers of 1933. ...

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Busby Berkeley received an Academy Award nomination as dance director for the "Love and War" number. For more information on Warner Bros.' "Gold Digger" films, See Entry for Gold Diggers of 1933.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
20 Jul 1936
p. 4
Daily Variety
20 Nov 1936
p. 3
Film Daily
2 Dec 1936
p. 7
Motion Picture Herald
12 Dec 1936
p. 56
New York Times
25 Dec 1936
p. 19
Variety
30 Dec 1936
p.10
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Olin Howland
Fred "Snowflake" Toones
Joseph Cunningham
Billy Arnold
Harrison Green
Rebecca Wassem
Fred C. Blau, Jr.
Naomi Judge
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A First National Picture
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Contr to scr const
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Orch arr
DANCE
Mus numbers created and dir by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Sweet Mystery of Life by Richard Maibaum, Michael Wallace and George Haight (New York, 11 Oct 1935).
SONGS
"All's Fair in Love and War" and "With Plenty of Money and You," music and lyrics by Harry Warren and Al Dubin; "Speaking of the Weather," "Let's Put Our Heads Together," "Hush Mah Mouth" and "Life Insurance," music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg.
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
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SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Release Date:
28 December 1936
Production Date:
began mid Jul 1936
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. & The Vitaphone Corp.
31 December 1936
LP6808
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
100-101
Length(in reels):
12
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2504
SYNOPSIS

After their show closes in Atlantic City, a group of showgirls decide gold digging is the only way to make money. They put this philosophy into action when a group of insurance salesmen boards the same train they are taking back to New York. On the train, showgirl Norma Perry accidentally runs into Rosmer "Ross" Peek's compartment. When he learns she wants to leave show business for a regular job, he gives her a card to take to his boss, Andy Callahan. Norma succeeds in obtaining a stenographer's job at the insurance company, and it pleases her that Ross works in the same office. Meanwhile, her friend, Genevieve Larkin, gets a part in a new Broadway show. When she learns that the company doesn't have the money to produce the show, she suggests that producers Morty Wetherad and Hugo insure the life of J. J. Hobart for a million dollars and make themselves the beneficiaries. That way, when he dies, they will have the money they need for the show. Hobart is an aging hypochondriac who is convinced he is at death's door. Although Ross is not high-powered enough to sell Hobart on the idea of life insurance, Morty finally convinces him of its advantages, and Ross gets credit for the sale. At first Ross is the star of the insurance company because of his large sale, but when Callahan realizes how old Hobart is, he is afraid that he will not be able to pass the physical. He does pass, however, and now Ross is determined to keep him alive as long as possible so he can reap the rewards of ...

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After their show closes in Atlantic City, a group of showgirls decide gold digging is the only way to make money. They put this philosophy into action when a group of insurance salesmen boards the same train they are taking back to New York. On the train, showgirl Norma Perry accidentally runs into Rosmer "Ross" Peek's compartment. When he learns she wants to leave show business for a regular job, he gives her a card to take to his boss, Andy Callahan. Norma succeeds in obtaining a stenographer's job at the insurance company, and it pleases her that Ross works in the same office. Meanwhile, her friend, Genevieve Larkin, gets a part in a new Broadway show. When she learns that the company doesn't have the money to produce the show, she suggests that producers Morty Wetherad and Hugo insure the life of J. J. Hobart for a million dollars and make themselves the beneficiaries. That way, when he dies, they will have the money they need for the show. Hobart is an aging hypochondriac who is convinced he is at death's door. Although Ross is not high-powered enough to sell Hobart on the idea of life insurance, Morty finally convinces him of its advantages, and Ross gets credit for the sale. At first Ross is the star of the insurance company because of his large sale, but when Callahan realizes how old Hobart is, he is afraid that he will not be able to pass the physical. He does pass, however, and now Ross is determined to keep him alive as long as possible so he can reap the rewards of his sale. Morty and Hugo, on the other hand, try to hasten Hobart's demise, but after learning of his good health, Hobart is revived. Despite all efforts to the contrary, he starts acting younger every day. Morty and Hugo suggest that Genevieve seduce Hobart in order to wear him out, but she double-crosses them by falling in love with him. Meanwhile, Ross learns about the money needed to produce the show and talks Callahan into investing in it to save the company the million dollars it would have to pay if Hobart died from the shock of knowing he was broke. The rest of the cast raises money however they can. After the show proves to be a success, Genevieve and Hobart marry and Norma and Ross decide to follow their lead.

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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