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Gold Diggers 1933


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Why on earth would you want to know the names of these ladies? Did you happen to know one of them? The girls in the Busby Berkeley chorus line never got any sort of screen credit! Nearly all of the screen appearances of the chorus members changed over the course of these films made at Warner Brothers. Besides, the actual scene or opening number of ?We?re in the Money? was technically edited or cross-cut, using different girls at different times the number was shot. Anyway, the ladies are:


Loretta Andrews

Monica Bannister

Bonnie Bannon

Joan Barclay

Audrene Brier

Lynn Browning

Maxine Cantway

Margaret Cathew

Dorothy Coonan (future wife of director William Wellman!)

Kathy Cunningham

Viginia Dabney

Mildren Dixon

Shirley Dunstead

Gloria Faythe

June Glory

Muriel Gordon

Ebba Hally

Ann Hovey

Amo Ingraham

Alice Jans

Lorena Layson

Cynthia Lindsay

Mae Madison

Donna Mae Roberts

Jayne Shadduck

Bee Stevens

Anita Thomson

Renee Whitney

Pat Wing ? No relation to Toby! Who later on became a popular starlet of the studio!


A majority of these girls had little, if no, show business experience. They were usually hand picked by Busby himself when a pretty girl caught his eye. Most of the gals never refused a chance to be in a Busby Berkeley movie, only because at the height of the Great Depression they needed the money!


This list has a tendency of changing over the years, because somebody comes out of the woodwork or shadows and gives out with other names! Missing on this chorus roster are perhaps two popular members of the chorus, beautiful blonde bomb-shell Toby Wing and Anna May Clift, who was the wife of legendary ?pin-up artist? Alberto Vargas! Anna was one of the few members who had been a real, bona fide chorus girl in the Zigefeld Follies! Also in the movie and somewhere in the chorus line is a very young, teenage girl by the name of Jane Wyman . . . A chorus boy by the name of Dennis O?Keefe . . . And, briefly seen are two beloved character actors, spicy Charlie Lane and incomparable Sterling Holloway. Busby himself even has a little cameo appearance in the movie.


Is there anything else?


Edited by: MovieProfessor on Oct 24, 2009 11:36 PM

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