Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

Mervyn Leroy
Gold Diggers of 1933 (still)
Film, black and white, sound
97 minutes
Courtesy of Films Sans Frontières


Set during the Great Depression in the 1930s, Gold Diggers of 1933 follows three showgirls who must find a way to fund their Broadway play and achieve their dreams when the show is suddenly shut down because of unpaid bills. With notable musical numbers choreographed by the renowned Busby Berkley, hailed for his extravagant set designs, the film offered audiences of that time an escape from the harsh reality of the economic downturn.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound Recording (1934), the film was selected in 2003 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as it was considered ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant’.

Screening Information

Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
Director: Mervyn Leroy
United States of America
Narrative | 97 minutes
English with Arabic subtitles

Presented by Sharjah Art Foundation, this film is part of the Autumn Cinema Series, which takes a behind-the-scenes look at the world of stage productions. The other films in the series are Vita Da Cani and To Live to Sing.

Details about the full programme can be found here.

All film screenings begin at 8.30 pm in Sharjah Art Foundation’s open-air Mirage City Cinema, Al Mureijah Art Spaces.