Gold Diggers of 1937

Gold Diggers of 1937

DVD - 2008
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Rosmer Peck is an insurance agent with musical ambitions who become romantically involved with Norma Perry, a showgirl who has given up spangles for a stenographer's pad. Her friends Genevieve Larkin and Sally LaVerne give up their tap shoes for gold digging and take up with executives in a theatrical production company that, unbeknownst to them or the director J.J. Hobath, is going bankrupt due to poor management. Since J.J. seems to be in poor health, the executives take out a million dollar life insurance policy in an attempt to save the company. Now Rosmer has to keep J.J. alive so he get his commission and the executives are trying to thwart his efforts.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, [c2008].
Edition: Standard version.
ISBN: 9781419873195
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.


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Aug 08, 2016

VERY GOOD film from Gold Diggers series - the last. The plot is a little weak, but there is some entertaining acting (I particularly enjoyed Lee Dixon as Boop), good songs, and the fabulous ending Busby Berkeley 'All Is Fair In Love and War' stage production which has so many fab parts - especially when the dancing lady soldiers wave their flags on poles, then spin them as they furl and unfurl them. Also the scene with all the ladies in the rocking chairs - and then Lee Dixon dancing on the giant rocking chair - wow! Interesting how the film is equating the dynamic tension between men and women in love -- and war, but the film WAS made in 1937 with the changing economic role of women.
Apparently this is considered a bit weaker than the other Gold Diggers films, but I will be watching the 1935 one soon and so will be looking forward to that.
This film does have a great special feature which includes two excerpts from the 'lost' Gold Diggers of Broadway' 1929 film.
I discovered the Gold Diggers when I watched 'The Busby Berkley Disc' DVD (available from KCLS) which has 21 of his fabulous musical numbers - including 'All is Fair'...


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