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Gold diggers of 1933
Seymour, James.
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Publication Information:
Madison : Published for the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research by the University of Wisconsin Press, 1980.
Physical Description:
190 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
General Note:
"Gold diggers of 1933, screenplay by James Seymour, David Boehm, and Ben Markson, from the stage play by Avery Hopwood."

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PN1997.G584 S4 Adult Mass Market Paperback Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
PN1997.G584 S4 Adult Mass Market Paperback Central Closed Stacks

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     Gold Diggers of 1933 , a lavish and glittering showcase for Busby Berkeley's musical production talent, was designed and produced as a Depression tonic. As Berkeley said, "In an era of breadlines, Depression, and wars, I tried to help people get away from all the misery . . . to turn their minds away to something else. I wanted to make people happy, if only for an hour.
    This book contains the full shooting script of Erwin Gelsey and James Seymour, based on the Avery Hopwood play of 1919, as well as the lyrics to the five songs of the film. Arthur Hove's introduction outlines the story concept from its initial Broadway form, through the 1923 silent movie, the 1929 talkie, and including several post-1933 versions. The concept of the good-hearted chorus girl with a penchant for separating wealthy men from some of their money has long been popular with both theatre and movie audiences.
    Hove tells much about the relationship between the story line and musical segments of the movie, about how far a writer can go before passing the baton to the director, and about how a film is actually put together.
    The film is remembered for Berkeley's musical and visual extravaganza. In the opening number, "We're in the Money," his sumptuous corps de ballet, numbering fifty-four, appeared in costumes made of fifty-four thousand "silver" coins. Five silver dollars, twenty-eight feet in diameter formed the background for the chorus.

Author Notes

    Arthur Hove special assistant emeritus at the University of Wisconsin--Madison, served in a number of capacities during a long association with the University. He was assistant to the chancellor and director of public information from 1970 to 1989. From 1989 until his retirement in 1996 he was special assistant to the provost. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he also taught courses in the School of Business, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Department of Art. He holds the Distinguished Alumnus Award presented by the Wisconsin Alumni Association and is the author of The University of Wisconsin: A Pictorial History (1991) and co-author, with Warrington Colescott, of Progressive Printmakers: Wisconsin Artists and the Print Renaissance (1999) both books published by the University of Wisconin Press.
    Tino Balio, Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin--Madison, is the author of United Artists: The Company Built by the Stars , United Artists: The Company That Changed the Film Industry , and the editor of The American Film Industry as well as the 22 volume Wisconsin/Warner Bros. Screenplay series, all published by the University of Wisconsin Press. He directed the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theatre Research from 1966 to 1882.