Gold digger from 1933

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German title Gold digger from 1933
Original title Gold Diggers of 1933
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1933
length 96 minutes
Director Mervyn LeRoy
script Erwin Gelsey ,
James Seymour ,
David Boehm ,
Ben Markson
production Robert Lord
music Harry Warren ,
Al Dubin
camera Sol Polito
cut George Amy

Gold Diggers of 1933 (Original Title: Gold Diggers of 1933 ) is an American musical film by director Mervyn LeRoy from 1933, based on the play The Gold Diggers by Avery Hopwood, which was performed 282 times between 1919 and 1920 . The premiere in Germany took place on December 13, 1978 on German television. The original version was broadcast with German subtitles. A German dubbed version was shown for the first time on October 17, 1995 on ARD.


The "gold diggers" are four befriended musical actresses : the innocent-looking Polly, the singer Carol, the comedian Trixie and the glamorous Fay. At the height of the global economic crisis , the producer Hopkins had to stop his show because he could no longer pay the outstanding bills. In the apartment that Polly, Carol and Trixie live in, Hopkins explains that while he has ideas for a new show, he has no money. He happens to hear the brilliant piano playing from Brad, a neighbor and Polly's friend. Brad offers Hopkins to support the show with $ 15,000 and write the music. But he refuses to perform himself.

At first the women are suspicious, but Brad gives Hopkins the money. Now they suspect Brad is a criminal because he does not tell anything about his past and shortly before he brought the 15,000 US dollars for financing, 20,000 US dollars were stolen from a bank.

Shortly before the premiere, the male leading actor suffers a lumbago. Brad has to take his role on the show. He is recognized by viewers and it turns out that Brad is a millionaire's son. His brother Lawrence and family lawyer Peabody learn of the performance through a newspaper article and travel to New York. They want to prevent further appearances and also break up the relationship between Brad and Polly. But Lawrence mistakenly thinks Carol is Brad's friend. Carol is upset by trying to dissuade her from marrying Brad. The group decides not to educate Lawrence and Peabody about who Poly really is and play a game with them. Meanwhile, Trixie sees the lawyer as the goal of her desires: a rich man. The entanglements increase, until in the end Brad Polly marries, Carol and Lawrence are a couple, and Trixie can marry her lawyer too.


"A Broadway musical filmed several times with excellent dance performances and choreographed by Busby Berkeley."

"The music, the plot and the great dance interludes staged by Busby Berkeley stand side by side in rare harmony."

“The love turbulence only serves to present one music number after the other. Well choreographed dance performances and the upbeat songs provide typical revue entertainment. "



  • The title track The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money) was featured in the film several times by Ginger Rogers and Chorus.
  • This Warner Bros. production had a budget of $ 433,000.
  • Charles Lane had an uncredited appearance as a reporter , who starred in more than 300 films during his career.
  • Dance choreographer was Busby Berkeley , who also made a brief appearance in the film.
  • Ginger Rogers, who later became Fred Astaire's dance partner , won an Oscar in 1941, film editor George Amy won one in 1944, musical director Leo F. Forbstein won in 1937 and producer Robert Lord won an Oscar for best screenplay in 1934.
  • Sound engineer Nathan Levinson also won an Oscar (1943), plus two special Oscars (1936, 1948). When he was nominated for this film in 1934, Levinson competed against two more of his works, but could not win the Oscar.
  • The costumes for this film were made by three-time Oscar winner (1952, 1958, 1960) Orry-Kelly .
  • The director Mervyn LeRoy, who received two honorary Oscars (1946, 1976), directed 79 films. He also worked as a producer.
  • Art director Anton Grot was honored with a special Oscar in 1941 for his technical developments.
  • Hopwood's play was filmed twice before this film: in 1923 with the title The Gold Diggers by Harry Beaumont as a silent film and in 1929 as a sound film by Roy Del Ruth with the title The Gold Diggers of Broadway .

Web links

Commons : Gold Digger of 1933  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. cf. Lexicon of International Films 2000/2001 (CD-ROM)