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Stefan Andersson

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Several reels of WB´s "The Gold Diggers" (1923) found in the UK. Info and link to YouTube upload:
https://www.nitrateville.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=31755

Relevant quote from the Nitrateville thread:

"the video I have uploaded was done by projecting the nitrate using my 1906 cinematograph onto a screen and positioning a camera to capture it, so apologies for the loss of quality. Similarly, there is a bit of shutter ghosting on some sections, which is due to the shutter on my projector. The jumpiness is also due to the nature of my machine's mechanism. To be clear, the film print itself is in near perfect condition, and any quality issues are on my end."
 

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Superb find. Plan on watching this when I have some free time. It is always a good feeling when they rediscover a once thought lost film. Plus, it gives me hope that one day they can find the remaining lost footage for the 1929 WB film, Gold Diggers of Broadway.
 

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Superb find. Plan on watching this when I have some free time. It is always a good feeling when they rediscover a once thought lost film. Plus, it gives me hope that one day they can find the remaining lost footage for the 1929 WB film, Gold Diggers of Broadway.
Totally agree John. And my first thought was about the 1929 version as well.
 

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I would hope the gentleman would donate it to the studio or have it professionally preserved. Maybe they can find the missing reels… or fill in with stills, etc.
 

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I would hope the gentleman would donate it to the studio or have it professionally preserved. Maybe they can find the missing reels… or fill in with stills, etc.

on Nitrateville the gentleman with this amazing find, is trying to have BFI scan it, Its a great read.

with all the films together, this would make a great Criterion set, that is if the missing pieces can be located, or stills used for a restoration.

The Silent Film (1923) ( from the write up missing reels 2 , 3 and some of the beginning and ends of the other reels, do they exist somewhere else? This is why a certain entity at Warner Archive is needed)
Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929) (lost Film, only fragments)
Gold Diggers of 1933
Gold Diggers of 1935
Gold Diggers of 1937
Gold Diggers in Paris (1938)

everyday I am amazed by what mysteriously appears, and the work that the technical geniuses can work to make a 100 year old film shine for a new generation. Let's see what happens with this one.
 

JoeDoakes

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I never dug deep enough to know why the 1933 film was named GD of 1933. I guess this explains it.
 

Darby67

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I recently bought The Busby Berkeley Collection Volumes 1 and 2 on Ebay and have been thoroughly enjoying all the films in both sets. This is very encouraging news about The Gold Diggers from 1923 and I would love to see it and Gold Diggers of Broadway from 1929 recovered, restored and released on DVD and Blu-ray so we could have the complete Gold Diggers collection on our shelves!
 

RobertMG

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I’d love to see the 1929 version found, or any list film found; but like THE PATRIOT or LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT, the chances of it being found are slim to none, unfortunately.

I never give up hope we can get another miracle Like METROPOLIS, it that’s a one-in-a-million…
Laurel and Hardy's Hats Off, the MGM film The Rogue Song too! Russia had claimed to air the film in the 1960's on TV there!
 

roxy1927

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I saw a much better clip of the finale of Golddiggers of Broadway at FF than the clip available on youtube. Barbara Harris sings Painting the Clouds With Sunshine in Who is Harry Kellerman...? I didn't realize it was such a beautiful song. Too bad she gets cut off. I would have loved to have heard her sing the entire song.
 

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