Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929)

105 mins | Musical comedy | 5 October 1929

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HISTORY

According to a production directory in the 20 Apr 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, the starting date for The Gold Diggers was 27 Mar 1929.
       The film was copyrighted as 11 reels. A silent version was released on 23 Nov 1929. Gold Diggers of Broadway received glowing reviews, with many critics singling out the two-strip Technicolor process and musical numbers for praise. Critics also praised the comic performances of Winnie Lightner and Albert Gran. Gold Diggers of Broadway marked the feature film debut of singer-musician Nick Lucas (1897--1982), nicknamed "the crooning troubadour." Two of the film's songs, "Painting the Clouds with Sunshine" and "Tip-Toe Thru the Tulips," became hits for both Lucas and others.
       The film also marked the film debut of Lightner (1899--1971), who became a Broadway star after her performances in the George White’s Scandals from 1922 through 1924. Lightner, who was known as “the song-a-minute girl” because of her comic ability to sing an entire song in under sixty seconds, became a popular character actress until her retirement from the screen following her appearance in the 1934 Columbia film ’ll Fix It (See Entry). She and Roy Del Ruth, who directed Gold Diggers of Broadway , were married from the late 1940s until his death in 1961.
       Voted one of the Ten Best Pictures of 1929 by a FD poll, announced in its 7 Feb 1930 issue.
       Actress Lilyan Tashman recreated her role from the Broadway production of Avery Hopwood's play, although the character's name in the play was "Trixie." For information on other adaptations of the play, please consult ... More Less

According to a production directory in the 20 Apr 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, the starting date for The Gold Diggers was 27 Mar 1929.
       The film was copyrighted as 11 reels. A silent version was released on 23 Nov 1929. Gold Diggers of Broadway received glowing reviews, with many critics singling out the two-strip Technicolor process and musical numbers for praise. Critics also praised the comic performances of Winnie Lightner and Albert Gran. Gold Diggers of Broadway marked the feature film debut of singer-musician Nick Lucas (1897--1982), nicknamed "the crooning troubadour." Two of the film's songs, "Painting the Clouds with Sunshine" and "Tip-Toe Thru the Tulips," became hits for both Lucas and others.
       The film also marked the film debut of Lightner (1899--1971), who became a Broadway star after her performances in the George White’s Scandals from 1922 through 1924. Lightner, who was known as “the song-a-minute girl” because of her comic ability to sing an entire song in under sixty seconds, became a popular character actress until her retirement from the screen following her appearance in the 1934 Columbia film ’ll Fix It (See Entry). She and Roy Del Ruth, who directed Gold Diggers of Broadway , were married from the late 1940s until his death in 1961.
       Voted one of the Ten Best Pictures of 1929 by a FD poll, announced in its 7 Feb 1930 issue.
       Actress Lilyan Tashman recreated her role from the Broadway production of Avery Hopwood's play, although the character's name in the play was "Trixie." For information on other adaptations of the play, please consult the entry below for the 1933 Warner Bros. film Gold Diggers of 1933 , directed by Mervyn LeRoy and starring Warren William and Joan Blondell. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald-World
20 Apr 1929
p. 50.
Film Daily
7 Feb 1930
p. 1.
Film Daily
8 Sep 1929.
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New York Times
31 Aug 1929
p. 13.
Variety
4 Sep 1929
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus cond
SOUND
DANCE
Dance & stage presentations
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech
Tech
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Gold Diggers by Avery Hopwood (New York, 30 Sep 1919).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Song of the Gold Diggers," "Painting the Clouds With Sunshine," "Tip-Toe Thru the Tulips," "In a Kitchenette," "Keeping the Wolf From the Door," "Mechanical Man," "Go to Bed," "And Still They Fall in Love," "What Will I Do Without You?" words by Al Dubin, music by Joe Burke.
COMPOSERS
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Gold Diggers
Release Date:
5 October 1929
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 30 August 1929
Production Date:
began 27 March 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
12 September 1929
Copyright Number:
LP680
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
105
Length(in feet):
9,122
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When millionaire Stephen Lee learns that his nephew, Wally, is about to marry a chorus girl, he strongly objects because he thinks that all chorus girls are gold diggers. To help the couple, the chorus girl's roommate decides to impersonate her and make a play for Stephen, thinking that Stephen will change his mind when he sees that Wally's real girl friend is not a gold digger at all, but a sweet and loving young woman. Following a series of confusing situations, all ends happily when Lee falls in love with the roommate and marries her, then gives permission for Wally to marry his ... +


When millionaire Stephen Lee learns that his nephew, Wally, is about to marry a chorus girl, he strongly objects because he thinks that all chorus girls are gold diggers. To help the couple, the chorus girl's roommate decides to impersonate her and make a play for Stephen, thinking that Stephen will change his mind when he sees that Wally's real girl friend is not a gold digger at all, but a sweet and loving young woman. Following a series of confusing situations, all ends happily when Lee falls in love with the roommate and marries her, then gives permission for Wally to marry his sweetheart.
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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