Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 1933. Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Erwin S. Gelsey, James Seymour, Dialogue by David Boehm, Ben Markson, based on a play by Avery Hopwood. Cinematography by Sol Polito. Produced by Robert Lord, Jack L. Warner. Music by Leo F. Forbstein. Production Design by Anton Grot. Costume Design by Orry-Kelly. Film Editing by George Amy. Academy Awards 1932/1933.
Delightful piece of Depression-era escapism stars Aline MacMahon, Joan Blondell and Ruby Keeler as chorus girls who can’t seem to keep a steady job. It’s not their problem, really, it’s because the economy is preventing producers from being able to keep their shows in rehearsals long enough to pay the girls a proper salary. Things start going their way, however, when Keeler’s new boyfriend (Dick Powell) turns out to be an heir to a great fortune, prompting his brother and a trusted friend to come to New York immediately and insist that he abandon his songwriting career and go home with them. Blondell and MacMahon come up with alternate plans and start digging their heels into these guys for cash; but don’t worry, there’s nothing sleazy about this show. In the end, true love reigns over all other obstacles. The musical numbers are the highlights, with Ginger Rogers opening the film with “We’re In The Money” (which she sings in pig Latin!) and a huge production of “Pettin’ In The Park”. Performances are delightful, the feel is pure nostalgic fluff. Followed by the excellent Gold Diggers of 1935 and the not so great Gold Diggers Of 1937 (all three starring Powell).