The Gold Diggers (film, 1923)

Réalisation Harry Beaumont
Scénario Grant Carpenter
Acteurs principaux Hope Hampton, Wyndham Standing,Louise Fazenda, Gertrude Short
Sociétés de production Warner Bros. Pictures
Pays d’origine États-Unis
Durée _ min
Sortie 1923

The Gold Diggers est un film américain réalisé par Harry Beaumont et sorti en 1923.

Stephen Lee doesn't want his nephew Wally Sanders to marry chorus girl Violet Dayne, because he believes all chorus girls to be ruthless gold diggers, always chasing after the men's money. Violet's friend Jerry La Mar decides to 'gold dig' Stephen, to show him what a nice and unselfish girl Violet is, but then she realizes that she's really in love with Stephen Lee....
—Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>


  • This film is believed lost. February 1956, Jack L. Warner sold the rights to all of his pre-December 1949 films to Associated Artists Productions (which merged with United Artists Television in 1958, and later was subsequently acquired by Turner Broadcasting System in early 1986 as part of a failed takeover of MGM/UA by Ted Turner). Later UA in 1969 also donated 16mm prints of some Warner Bros. films from outside the US. No prints of this film or of the remake, Gold Diggers of Broadway, were included in the transfer.
  • Later remade as an early all-talking, all-Technicolor film, Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929), which is now partially lost.
  • Adapted from a Broadway play, "The Gold Diggers". The original stage production opened on Sept. 30, 1919, at the Lyceum Theatre in New York and ran for 282 performances.
  • Although some modern sources credit Louise Beavers with appearing in this film, such is not the case; Beavers appears in the remake, Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929), and that's where the confusion apparently came from.

Gold Diggers of Broadway

Gold Diggers of Broadway est un film américain réalisé par Roy Del Ruth, sorti en 1929.

Chercheuses d'or de 1933

Titre original Gold Diggers of 1933
Réalisation Mervyn LeRoy
pour les numéros musicaux : Busby Berkeley
Scénario Erwin S. Gelsey, James Seymour d'après Avery Hopwood
*Acteurs principaux * Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon, Ginger Rogers
Pays d’origine États-Unis
Genre Comédie musicale
Durée 96 minutes
Sortie 1933

Chercheuses d'or de 1933 (titre original : Gold Diggers of 1933) est un film musical américain réalisé par Mervyn LeRoy, sorti en 1933.

L'histoire est basée sur la pièce The Gold Diggers d'Avery Hopwood qui fut jouée durant 282 représentations à Broadway en 1919 et 1920. La pièce fit l'objet d'une première adaptation au cinéma en 1923, version muette réalisée par David Belasco, qui avait déjà produit la pièce à Broadway ; le film s'appelle The Gold Diggers et a pour vedettes principales Hope Hampton (en) et Wyndham Standing. Une deuxième version du film, parlante, sortit en 1929, mise en scène par Roy Del Ruth : Gold Diggers of Broadway, avec Nancy Welford (en) et Conway Tearle, qui fut le plus grand succès au box office l'année de sa sortie. Quant à Gold Diggers of 1933 (le présent Chercheuses d'or de 1933), il fut également l'un des plus gros succès commerciaux de 1933.

Le film fut tourné au plus fort de la Grande Dépression et il contient bon nombre de références directes à la crise.

  • En 1934, le film reçut une nomination pour l'Oscar du meilleur son, pour Nathan Levinson, chef ingénieur du son sur le film.
  • En 2003, Gold Diggers of 1933 (titre original de Chercheuses d'or de 1933) fut sélectionné pour figurer dans le National Film Registry (qui reprend à l'heure actuelle moins de 500 titres de films dans toute l'histoire du cinéma américain) par la Library of Congress comme étant «significatif culturellement, historiquement ou esthétiquement».

Chercheuses d'or de 1935

Titre original Gold Diggers of 1935
Réalisation Busby Berkeley
Scénario Robert Lord, Manuel Seff, Peter Milne
Acteurs principaux Dick Powell, Adolphe Menjou, Gloria Stuart
Pays d’origine États-Unis
Genre Comédie musicale
Durée 95 minutes
Sortie 1935

Chercheuses d'or de 1935 (Gold Diggers of 1935) est un film musical américain réalisé par Busby Berkeley, sorti en 1935. Le film reçut l'Oscar de la meilleure chanson originale.

Un étudiant en médecine, Dick Curtis, travaille pendant l'été dans un hôtel de luxe, le Wentworth Plaza Hotel. Arrivent à l'hôtel Mrs. Mathilda Prentiss et sa fille, Ann ; Mrs. Prentiss souhaite que sa fille épouse T. Mosely Thorpe, un homme fortuné. Elle engage Nicolai Nicoleff pour mettre en scène le nouveau spectacle dont elle a la charge. Pendant ce temps, Dick et Ann tombent amoureux l'un de l'autre...

Romantic antics abound among the guests at a luxury hotel, including a stage director, an eccentric millionaire, and the daughter of a financial backer.
  • Wini Shaw's recording of "Lullaby Of Broadway" was an unlikely hit in Britain in 1976.
  • The telegram Mosley is shown says that the resort is in New Hampshire.
  • Grace Hayle is an actress in studio records playing "Mrs. Fry," but she was not seen in the movie.
  • Snuff is powdered or ground tobacco,and has been in use, in Europe, since the 1500s. It was never that popular in the Colonies, later the United States, except among the pretentiously wealthy or aristocratic. Chewing tobacco was for the lower classes.
  • About half way through the production piece "The Words Are in My Heart," one can see men's legs underneath the pianos, explaining how the pianos are moving.


1. T. Mosley Thorpe: Snuff is nothing to be sneezed at.

2. Nicoleff: This place is very good for my liver.

3. T. Mosley Thorpe: My mood for writing is completely gone. My brain is more fogged than ever.

  • Ann Prentiss: You said it.

4. Nicoleff: Well, when did I never pay you?

Schultz: The same time you never paid everybody else.

5. Humbolt Prentiss: Arline, I've broken the news to Mother.

Arline Davis: What did she say?

Humbolt Prentiss: She started throwing things at me. Oh, that's alright. She always does. It's a very good sign for us.

Arline Davis: In other words, she didn't really disapprove or she'd have shot you.

6. Winny: Remind me after the show to slap your face.

Nicoleff: Nicoleff never forgets.

En parade (film)

Titre original Gold Diggers of 1937
Réalisation Lloyd Bacon, Busby Berkeley
Scénario Warren Duff, Richard Maibaum, Michael Wallace, George Haight
Acteurs principaux Dick Powell, Joan Blondell, Glenda Farrell, Victor Moore
Sociétés de production Warner Bros.
Pays d’origine États-Unis
Genre Film musical
Durée 101 minutes
Sortie 1936

En parade ou Chercheuses d'or de 1937 (Gold Diggers of 1937) est un film américain réalisé par Lloyd Bacon et Busby Berkeley et sorti en 1936.

En parade est le quatrième film produit par Warner Bros. de la série des films Gold Digger, après Gold Diggers of Broadway de Roy Del Ruth (1929), Chercheuses d'or de 1933 de Mervyn LeRoy, remake du film précédent, et Chercheuses d'or de 1935 de Busby Berkeley. Il a été suivi par Chercheuses d'or à Paris (en) de Ray Enright en 1938.

When two investors inform an opportunistic dancer that they can't fund an elderly stage producer's production, she suggests they get an insurance policy on the producer's life.


  • The song "Hush Mah Mouth" by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg was written for the picture but not used in the final print.
  • Many actors listed in studio records as appearing in this film are not seen in the final print. These are, with their character names: George Beranger (Pawnshop Proprietor), Antonio Filauri (Chef), Harrison Greene (Creditor), Gordon Hart (White), Max Hoffman Jr. (Salesman), Selmer Jackson (Speculator), Frances Morris (Hospital Telephone Operator), Jack Mower (Bartender), Cliff Saum (Conductor), George Sorel (Costumer) and Bobby Watson (Salesman).
  • Multiple references to 'carloadings' being up, meaning an increase in the total amount of goods shipped by railroad. Back before stores ond other businesses reported total monthly sales, carloadings was the best available measure of consumer spending.

Gold Diggers in Paris

Gold Diggers in Paris is a 1938 Warner Bros. movie musical directed by Ray Enright with musical numbers created and directed by Busby Berkeley, starring Rudy Vallee, Rosemary Lane, Hugh Herbert, and Allen Jenkins.

The Schnickelfritz Band, ("Schnickelfritz" supposedly being German slang for "silly fellow"), a comedy musical group somewhat reminiscent of Spike Jones (who came later), performs novelty songs in the film. Led by Freddie Fisher, who played woodwinds, sang, and also composed the song "Colonel Corn" for the band, the band consisted of Stanley Fritts (trombone, drums, jug, washboard), Nels Laakso (cornet, trumpet), Paul Cooper (piano, arrangements), Kenneth Trisko (drums), and Charles Koenig (string bass, tuba). Original trumpeter Nels Laakso left to join The Korn Kobblers and was replaced by trumpet player George Rock, who later became a key member of Spike Jones's City Slickers. The group, which was billed as "America's Most Unsophisticated Band!", recorded for Decca Records, and was brought to Hollywood by Rudy Vallee after his agent saw the group in St. Paul, Minnesota.

According to one source, Gold Diggers in Paris was almost complete at the time the band arrived in Hollywood, so the band's segments were inserted into the film with short intros and reaction shots used to connect them to the rest of the action. The band broke up shortly after doing the film, with Fritts taking some of the members east to become the "Korn Kobblers", and Fisher staying in Hollywood to open a nightclub, where he appeared billed as "The Original Colonel of Corn". Although the Schnickelfritz Band never appeared in another film, Fisher appeared in several others as a band leader.

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