Gold-Diggers of 1933

Joined: July 11th, 2011, 11:44 pm

January 17th, 2017, 1:13 am #1

We watched this on DVD the other night, a repeat viewing from some years ago. Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell were the main straight leads, with Joan Blondell, Aline McMahon, and Ginger Rodgers in supporting roles. Enjoyable but rather far-fetched. Set in the depression, it featured a troupe of actresses and a producer, trying to put on a performance. Dick Powell's character puts up the money and writes the songs, but refuses to be in the cast, for reasons the girls tend to find suspicious, except Ruby/Polly who has fallen in love with Dick/Brad. It turns out that he is the son in a wealthy family and his brother and lawyer arrive to take him home, calling the girls gold-diggers, which they play up to. The ending is ridiculous with everyone marrying everyone, including the elderly and not very attractive lawyer (proving his original point perhaps).

The song The Forgotten Man, not known to me previously, was sung by Joan Blondell and more strikingly by Etta Moten, whose voice was a very strong one. (Why do black voices sound so different from white ones?)

Ginger seemed to have just a bit part in this; was it before she became famous as the dancing partner of fred Astaire?
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Joined: July 11th, 2011, 11:44 pm

January 17th, 2017, 1:15 am #2

I see now that Etta lived till she was 103. And played Bess in Porgy and Bess.
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