GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933 (Mervyn LeRoy, 1933)
Summer on the Hudson: Movies under the Stars
Riverside Park South, Pier 1 at West 70th St.
Wednesday, July 10, free, 8:30
Hitting a little too close to home in recent years, Gold Diggers of 1933 is a depression-era musical directed by Mervyn LeRoy (Little Caesar, Mister Roberts) and featuring dance numbers choreographed by Busby Berkeley. Polly Parker (Ruby Keeler), Trixie Lorraine (Aline MacMahon), Carol King (Joan Blondell), and Fay Fortune (Ginger Rogers) are four out-of-work actresses desperate to find a job on Broadway. When cigar-chomping producer Barney Hopkins (Ned Sparks) teams up with newcomer Brad Roberts (Dick Powell) to create a show about the Great Depression itself, the women get excited about the possibility of getting back on the Great White Way, but mistaken identity, financing problems, and class warfare — in the form of wealthy old-money barons Lawrence Bradford (Warren William) and Faneul H. Peabody (Guy Kibbee) — threaten the show and their love lives. Gold Diggers of 1933 is screening in Riverside Park on July 10 as part of the free “Summer on the Hudson: Movies under the Stars” series, the theme of which this year is “Song & Dance,” which continues with such other films as Duck Soup, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, Fiddler on the Roof, and the 1986 version of Little Shop of Horrors. Oh, and for this outdoor screening, the “Pettin’ in the Park” number should be particularly titillating. For a day-by-day listing of free summer movie screenings in New York City, go here.