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1933 - Gold Diggers of 1933

1933 - Gold Diggers of 1933

Just a few years into the sound era we have our first musical with 1933’s Gold Diggers of 1933 (gasp). Directed by Mervyn LeRoy with musical numbers by legendary choreographer Busby Berkeley, this largely comic tale of (deserved) feminine trickery demonstrates Berkeley’s imaginative style and wild ideas (see: neon violins). The gang discusses Depression-era escapism, the different types of musicals and why we like them, and the most efficient method of delivering milk to New York apartment residents. (We also happen to mention a 6.4 magnitude California earthquake that affected the production - having recorded this episode prior and there being a 6.4(!) and a 7.1 earthquake in California this week. Gotta love that timing.)

Song selections for this episode:

Lucas — M+M’s by blink-182

Nic — Jumpstarted by Jukebox the Ghost

John — Girlfriend Is Better by Talking Heads

Kyle — Amore Com Delore by Philanthrope & Psalm Trees

1934 - The Star Packer

1934 - The Star Packer

1932 - Shanghai Express

1932 - Shanghai Express