So in a new curious development……..
I was watching tcm (turner classic movies) and saw this great pre-code movie, Gold Diggers of 1933. This was Berkley first film after the success he found with the movie 42nd street. I loved this musical. Its a musical with a “Great Depression” theme. The first production number of “We’re In the Money” was a clear sign of the times and how money had become such a problem for Americans during the 1930’s. Berkeley was a huge fan of Roosevelt and this number is his attempt to help us cope the the hard times in a similar way to what Roosevelt was doing with “The New Deal”. Other classic Berkeley production numbers included in this film are “The Shadow Waltz” and “I’ve Got to Sing a Torch Song”. The last number “My forgotten Man” is real powerful production number.
I think this is my favorite Berkeley film.