Friday, February 6, 2009

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Date: 1933
Starring: Aline MacMahon - Trixie Lorraine
Ruby Keeler - Polly Parker
Dick Powell - Brad Roberts (Robert Treat Bradford)
Guy Kibbee - Faneul H. Peabody
Ned Sparks - Barry Hopkins
Ginger Rogers - Fay Fortune

"Golddiggers of 1933 was a delightful movie and was a joy to watch, it has all the right elements that go into the making of a successful musical.

The film is the story of young hopefuls in New York City who are trying to make it into the musical theater business during the Great Depression. Carol, Trixie and Polly are dirt poor and don't even know where their next meal is going to come from. These young girls receive word from their friend/past employer named Barney that he has a new show he is working on. Everything sounds great until they find out that he doesn't have a dime for funding this great new musical.

But things have a way of working themselves out, as they usually do in these depression era movies and the show gets its financial backing and manages to become a big success.

The story's subplot concerns these three young ladies love interests in the film and they are all very enduring and delightful. The cast is excellent, and the musical numbers are very inspiring. If you are looking for a really great old Busby Berkely musical, this is one not to be missed!

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