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One of the best movies ever made


Of course that's my opinion; but I love this film. Just plain humor and everyone does a great job. Wonderful entertainment and should not be missed.

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Agreed. Feilds and Allan two of the best comedians in history.

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Have it, watch it often, and agree it is so odd and funny. Reminds me of the "big broadcast....." movies. Fields, Pangborn, burns and allen, etc. and always get a kick out of Calloway's reefer man song. Some movie!

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It is a delightful film with an unusual plot and a great cast. Very memorable.

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This must be the weirdest movie made by a major studio.

All of the talent in its production is behind the camera. Experienced Brit director Eddie Sutherland had directed many Laurel & Hardy films and had been a silent film actor before. So, he definitely knew how to make an entertaining movie. Talented cinematographer Ernest Haller was at the top of his game.

Paramount must have spent bundles of time and money on the lavish sets, bizarre costumes for many of the females, and cinematography that was as crisp and smooth as it could be.

My only problem was with the actors and actresses. Burns and Allen were not funny. The "stars" of the early 1930s appearing are unknown to us, as well as given dialogue that often doesn't make sense to a 21st century audience.

Paramount executives of the time must have had to decide whether to burn the cans of the final print, or release it and hope not to lose too much money.

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My only problem was with the actors and actresses. Burns and Allen were not funny. The "stars" of the early 1930s appearing are unknown to us, as well as given dialogue that often doesn't make sense to a 21st century audience.


So you're saying that because you don't find Burns and Allen funny, you don't know the stars and the dialogue doesn't make sense to you in 2016, Paramount in 1933 should have either burned it or not released it.
I find it hilarious, know just about all the stars and while I don't find Burns and Allen all that funny it's more because of the many imitations since they were famous. Trust me, audiences of the time found them a laugh-riot. I don't think anybody involved with the film was worrying about audiences of 80 years in the future when they made it.
I do agree with your first sentence, which is one reason I love it so much.

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Burns and Allen could be very funny. I've enjoyed listening and watching them on radio and then television for many years.

In this particular movie, the weirdness of the plot, such as it was, left me disappointed with this Burns and Allen routine, which I found to be far from their best in originality and humor.

Of all the musicals from the 1930s, Gold Diggers of 1933 remains one of the best ever filmed. And that was with a 1933 story line that makes sense - and is very funny - in 2016. Just check out comments made now on the IMDb message board for it.

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I've just watched it for the first time & loved it. It's at its best, of course, when The Great Man (Fields) is on screen.

A complete genius.

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I don't ageee. I think Burns and Allen are very funny in this, especially in the scenes with Franklin Pangbourne. W.C. fields is funny too.

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We can agree to disagree on whether Burns and Allen were funny in this particular movie.

But, 1933 was a magic year for creative and special films that we'll treasure like those from that other magic year of 1939. Studios had more experience with recording sound well by 1933 , and that gave them flexibility in all the other musicals, dramas, and other large-scale productions they issued in 1933.

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