The Sexy GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933 “Sequel” You Haven’t Seen

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BlondellEven if you don’t like old movies you’ve probably heard of GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933.

The Warner Bros. musical about sassy showgirls and their in-the-money beaus has become iconic, thanks in part to lampoons in Preston Sturges’ SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS (where it’s verbally parodied as ANTS IN YOUR PLANTS OF 1939) and The Groucho Letters, a 1967 collection of correspondences wherein Groucho Marx cracks wise about the film to the Warner Bros. legal department. Imagery from GOLD DIGGERS was also trotted out frequently during the financial crisis of 2008, the closest thing America has seen to the Great Depression since, well, the Great Depression.

But beyond its jokey title and evocation of an era that still resonates, GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933 is just a damn good movie. It has everything I love in a ‘30s film: gorgeous black and white cinematography; delightful Pre-Code cheekiness; idiosyncratic Warner Bros. contract players; hummable pop tunes…

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