Cheeky Ginger Rogers donning a skimpy gold coins costume for GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933. This film received its world premiere on May 27, 1933. The story is based on the play “The Gold Diggers” by Avery Hopwood, which ran for 282 performances on Broadway in 1919 and 1920. The play was made into a silent film in 1923 by David Belasco, the producer of the Broadway play, as “The Gold Diggers”, starring Hope Hampton and Wyndham Standing, and again as a talkie in 1929, directed by Roy Del Ruth. That film, “Gold Diggers of Broadway”, which starred Nancy Welford and Conway Tearle, was one of the biggest box office hits of that year, and “Gold Diggers of 1933” was one of the top-grossing films of 1933. The "gold diggers" are four aspiring actresses: Polly (Ruby Keeler), an ingenue; Carol (Joan Blondell), a torch singer; Trixie (Aline MacMahon), a comedian; and Fay (Ginger Rogers), a glamour puss. The film was made in 1933, during the Great Depression, and contains numerous direct references to it. It also showcases four song and dance sequences designed, staged and choreographed by Busby Berkeley. “Gold Diggers of 1933” was Warner Bros.' most successful movie of 1933.
Color enhanced image by Hollywood Pinups from the b&w original.