The Pre-Code Hollywood Comedy You Have Yet to See
The comedic landscape of Hollywood nowadays seems to be filled with men who believe themselves to be funny (take Seth Rogen and James Franco as an example), so I’m giving you today a female centric comedy film that will surpass all your expectations. These are the women who were crafting the jokes way back in the 1930s–let’s call them the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler of yesteryear. The film I’m talking about is, of course, Gold Diggers of 1933.
And yes, you guessed it, the film was released in 1933. It was based upon the play The Gold Diggers by Avery Hopwood and tells the story of four actresses (the titular characters), played by Ruby Keeler, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon, and Ginger Rogers, as they try to put on a show during the Great Depression. Their shenanigans and attempts at gathering money to support the production are filled with stupendous humor and snappy attitudes that are a gratifying surprise to find in such an old film. It certainly got me thinking that maybe my great-grandmother did get to live the most creative age of cinema after all.
The film is now deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant,” so you at least have the excuse of education when forcing your friends to watch the film. The only hurdle will be finding it since it’s not on Netflix or Hulu, but I assure you the extra effort is worth it when it comes to the Gold Diggers of 1933.