|August 11, 2019|
In GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933, things get tough for Carol (Joan Blondell) and her showgirl pals (Ruby Keeler, Aline MacMahon) when the Great Depression kicks in and all the Broadway shows close down. Wealthy songwriter Brad (Dick Powell) saves the day by funding a new Depression-themed musical for the girls to star in, but when his stuffy high-society brother finds out and threatens to disown Brad, Carol and her gold-digging friends scheme to keep the show going, hooking a couple of millionaires along the way.
Pre-Code Hollywood refers to an era in motion pictures from the arrival of sound in the late 1920s to the mandatory enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code in July 1934. This series focuses on films made between 1930 and 1934 and highlights how openly suggestive some of these films were and how blissfully defiant they were of the Code authority (that defiance, however, would bring on more forceful self-censorship that would last well into the 1960s). Presented by the Film Geeks San Diego.
“The movie thrives and survives on Berkeley’s genius; for all his spectacular theatrical flair, he’s a sociobiologist in rhythm.” – The New Yorker
Runtime: 97 minutes
Directors: Mervyn LeRoy, Busby Berkeley
$11 General Admission / $8.50 Students & Seniors / $7.50 Members. Tickets available at box office or online.
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