Never forget this was the closing number in Gold Diggers of 1933, which is a little bit like ending Seven Brides for Seven Brothers with a scene from All Quiet on the Western Front. Joan Blondell and Etta Moten, man.
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“Jack L. Warner and Darryl F. Zanuck (the studio production head) were so impressed that they ordered it moved to the end of the film, displacing ‘Pettin’ in the Park,'” which, can you imagine? “Which number should we use to close out the movie? The massive anti-war epic that calls out a government that’s abandoned its veterans? Or PETTING IN THE PARK? God love the 1930s.
Mallory is an Editor of The Toast.