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The film's working title was High Life. The film was one of the top grossing films of 1933. Warner Bros. files indicate that George Brent was considered for the Warren William role. According to modern sources, the stage was lifted forty feet in order to achieve sweeping shots. The Long Beach earthquake took place during the production, short-circuiting the women playing neon violins. According to modern sources, Joan Blondell's voice was dubbed by black singer Etta Moten in the "Remember the Forgotten Man" number. Modern sources list Dave O'Brien (Chorus Boy) and Wilbur Mack (Society reporter) in the cast. Avery Hopwood's play was first filmed by David Belasco for Warner Bros. in 1923 as The Gold Diggers, starring Hope Hampton and Wyndham Standing and directed by Harry Beaumont. In 1929, Warner Bros made a talking version entitled Gold Diggers of Broadway, which Roy Del Ruth directed. It starred Nancy Welford and Conway Tearle (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.2154 and F2.2155). Warner Bros. made several sequels: Gold Diggers of 1935, Gold Diggers of 1937 and Gold Diggers in Paris (see below).