- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 35 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: March 21, 2006
- Originally Released: 1935
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: New featurette:
- (Bu'be bur'kle)_ & a study of style
- Vintage featurette: Double exposure
- 2 Vintage cartoons: Gold Diggers: of '49, shuffle off to Buffalo
- Audio only bonus: Direct from Holywood radio promo
- Gold Diggers trailer gallery
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Alice Brady &
Gloria Stuart &
Al Dubin &
Director of Photography:
Academy Awards 1935 -
Best Original Song: Al Dubin & Harry Warren
Description by OLDIES.com:
It's summertime at the Wentworth Plaza Hotel, where wealthy widow Matilda Prentiss (Alice Brady) has just checked in with her son Humbolt (Frank McHugh) and unhappily engaged daughter Ann (Gloria Stuart). In a last-ditch effort to find happiness, Ann strikes a deal with her mother: She'll agree to marry the rich T. Mosely Thorpe III (Hugh Herbert) if her mother will allow her one summer of fun. Matilda agrees, hiring desk clerk Dick Curtis (Dick Powell) to be Ann's gentleman escort for the summer.
- New featurette (buz'be bur'kle) n. A Study in Style
- Vintage featurette Double Exposure
- 2 vintage cartoons:
- Gold Diggers of '49
- Shuffle Off to Buffalo
- Audio-only bonus: Direct From Hollywood radio promo
- Gold Diggers trailer gallery
It's the summer season at a swanky resort, and none of the employees have any qualms about fleecing the rich guests for all they're worth in this madcap Busby Berkeley farce. Dick Curtis (Dick Powell) sings and romances Ann Prentiss (Gloria Stuart), but her shrill millionaire mom (Alice Brady) insists she marry eccentric T. Mosley Thorpe (Hugh Herbert) instead. Meanwhile, brilliant Russian theater director Nicoleff (Adolphe Menjou) prepares to put on the annual charity show. The show itself contains two of Berkeley's most hallucinatory numbers: "The Words are in My Heart," with its rows of twirling baby grand pianos, and the eerie "Lullaby of Broadway."
A sequel of sorts to GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933, this is a racy, art deco delight, filled with fast comedy, snappy songs, and some of the wildest musical sequences ever. The "Lullaby of Broadway" number is particularly fascinating, more like an experimental surrealist short film than a typical dance number. It's a superb example of director Busby Berkeley at his most innovative.
Singing, dancing and swindling the rich are the favorite activities at a posh summer resort in this, Busby Berkeley's second full-length directorial effort. Desk clerk Dick Curtis (Dick Powell) croons his love to poor little rich girl Ann Prentiss (Gloria Stuart) while her miserly mom tries to marry her off to eccentric T. Mosley Thorpe (Hugh Herbert). Somehow they all manage to put on a show, leading to two of Berkeley's most hallucinatory dance sequences, including the haunting "Lullaby of Broadway."
- Over sixty years after this film, Gloria Stuart would receive acclaim and numerous awards for her supporting role in James Cameron's TITANIC.