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Gold Diggers of 1935

Gold Diggers of 1935, starring Dick Powell, Alice Brady, Gloria Stuart, Dorothy Dare, Hugh Herbert, Frank McHugh

Synopsis of Gold Diggers of 1935

Gold Diggers of 1935, starring Dick Powell, Alice Brady, Gloria Stuart, Dorothy Dare, Hugh Herbert, Frank McHughA socialite is bamboozled into producing a stage show in her home in this amusing musical starring Alice Brady and Adolphe Menjou.

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In the resort of Lake Waxapahachie, the swanky Wentworth Plaza is where the rich all congregate, and where the tips flow like wine. Handsome Dick Curtis (Dick Powell) is working his way through medical school as a desk clerk, and when rich, penny-pinching Mrs. Prentiss (Alice Brady) offers to pay him to escort her daughter Ann (Gloria Stuart) for the summer, Dick can’t say no – even his fiancee, Arline Davis (Dorothy Dare) thinks he should do it. Mrs. Prentiss wants Ann to marry eccentric middle-aged millionaire T. Mosley Thorpe (Hugh Herbert), who’s a world-renowned expert on snuffboxes, but Ann has other ideas. Meanwhile her brother, Humbolt (Frank McHugh) has a weakness for a pretty face: he’s been married and bought out of trouble by his mother several times.

Every summer, Mrs. Prentiss produces a charity show for the “Milk Fund”, and this year she hires the flamboyant and conniving Russian dance director Nicolai Nicoleff (Adolphe Menjou) to direct the show. The parsimonious Mrs. Prentiss wants to spend the least amount possible, but Nicoleff and his set designer Schultz (Joseph Cawthorn) want to be as extravagant as they can, so they can rake off more money for themselves, and for the hotel manager (Louis Lamson) and the hotel stenographer (Glenda Farrell), who’s blackmailing the hapless snuffbox fancier Thorpe.

Songs performed in Gold Diggers of 1935

  • I’m Goin’ Shoppin’ with You
    • Sung by Dick Powell to Gloria Stuart.  This is a montage of scenes of Stuart shopping for everything from lingerie to jewelry.  Much to the dismay of her penny-pinching mother, Alice Brady!
  • The Words Are in My Heart
    • This elaborate Busby Berkeley production number utilized 56 white grand pianos.  They were moved around the soundstage by male dancers underneath the piano-shells, dressed in black
  • Dagger Dance
  • The Gold Diggers’ Song (We’re in the Money)
  • Lullaby of Broadway
    • One of the most famous Busby Berkeley numbers is actually a short film-within-a-film.  It tells the story of a Broadway Baby who plays all night and sleeps all day. It opens with a headshot of singer Wini Shaw against a black background.  Then the camera pulls back and up, and Shaw’s head becomes the Big Apple, New York City. As everyone rushes off to work, Shaw returns home from her night’s carousing and goes to sleep all day. When she awakens, we follow her and her beau (Dick Powell) from club to club, with elaborate large cast tap numbers, until she is accidentally pushed off a balcony to her death. The sequence ends with a return to Shaw’s head, as she sings the end of the song. Of all the musical numbers Berkeley created in his career, this was his favorite

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