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Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929)

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Critic Consensus: Ambitiously marrying jaunty songs with the bright canvas of technicolor, Gold Diggers of Broadway marks a sprightly step forward for talkies.

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Previously filmed in 1923, Avery Hopwood's 1920 comedy The Gold Diggers was resurrected in 1929 as the Technicolor musical Gold Diggers of Broadway. Nancy Welford, Winnie Lightner and Ann Pennington stars as Jerry, Mable and Ann, three chorus girls who try to entice a wealthy backer to put his money in their cash-poor Broadway show. Stuffy Stephen Lee (Conway Tearle) shows up to rescue his brother Wally (William Bakewell) from the heroine's clutches, only to succumb to the girls' charms himself. According to contemporary reviews, the show was stolen by Winnie Lightner as the brassiest of the three gold-diggers, and by crooner Nick Lucas, performing his signature tune Tiptoe Through the Tulips. The other big number from the film, Painting the Clouds with Sunshine, served as the title for the 1951 remake of Gold Diggers of Broadway, which in the interim had been filmed as the more famous Gold Diggers of 1933.

Cast

Neely Edwards
as Stage Manager
Armand Kaliz
as Barney Barnett
Ann Pennington
as Ann Collins
Louise Beavers
as Sadie the Maid
Lee Moran
as Dance Director
Conway Tearle
as Stephen Lee
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Critic Reviews for Gold Diggers of Broadway

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (10)

It is a production which everyone should see, for it represents the latest word in the fast-moving progress of the new show world of the screen and provides the most lavish, beautiful and satisfying entertainment the screen has yet offered.

May 19, 2021 | Full Review…

All in all, this makes merry talkie-singie-dancie fare and the beauty of its color again reaches pictorial splendor.

May 19, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Ann Pennington's dancing. Lilyan Tashman's "English" drawl. Miss Foster's rather winning, sweetness, and Gertrude Short's occasionally amusing comments are other facets of interest in a picture that Is light and diverting.

May 19, 2021 | Full Review…

It is filmed entirely In technicolor, and the picture has a vivid reality and charm which a plain black and white photoplay does not possess.

May 19, 2021 | Full Review…

If you really want to pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile, The Gold Diggers of Broadway stands ready to help you do it.

May 19, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Winnie Lightner as Mable is the hit of the show with her excellent voice, her gags and her forgotten monologue that is a comedy classic.

May 19, 2021 | Full Review…

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