The Gold Diggers (partially lost silent comedy film; 1923)

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The Gold Diggers 1923 poster.jpg

Poster for the film.

Status: Partially Lost

The Gold Diggers is a 1923 American silent film directed by Harry Beaumont with the screenplay by Grant Carpenter based on the 1919 play The Gold Diggers by Avery Hopwood. This is the first film in the Gold Diggers series. The film was released on September 22nd, 1923.

Plot[edit | edit source]

The plot involves Stephen Lee objects to the marriage of his nephew, Wally Saunders, to dancer Violet Dayne because he feels that all chorus girls are gold diggers. Violet's friend, Jerry La Mar, who is not a gold digger, decides to vamp Lee so that he will see by comparison what an unselfish girl Violet is. Lee becomes fascinated with Jerry, and although he knows the truth, he marries her, approving at the same time his nephew's choice.[1]

Availability[edit | edit source]

Along with the mostly lost 1929 film Gold Diggers of Broadway, the film is partially lost as no full copies are known to exist. However, in June 2021 an incomplete copy on 35mm film comprising of reels 1, 4, 5, and 6 was found in England, and a projection was uploaded to YouTube by Joshua Cattermole. The soundtrack to the film survives as well.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

The near complete film.
The film's soundtrack.
Sheet music cover.

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