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Brother Can You Spare a Dime (1975)

A nostalgic look back at the Great Depression with contemporary archival footage and film clips picturing James Cagney as an American Everyman.

Director:

Philippe Mora

Writer:

Philippe Mora
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Laverne Andrews Laverne Andrews ... Laverne Andrews (archive footage)
Maxene Andrews Maxene Andrews ... Maxene Andrews (archive footage)
Patty Andrews Patty Andrews ... Patty (archive footage)
Fred Astaire ... (archive footage)
Warner Baxter ... (archive footage)
Wallace Beery ... Himself (archive footage)
Brooks Benedict ... (archive footage)
Constance Bennett ... (archive footage)
Jack Benny ... Himself (archive footage) (as Mr. Benny)
Busby Berkeley ... Himself (archive footage)
Irving Berlin ... Himself (archive footage)
Willie Best ... (archive footage)
Herman Bing ... (archive footage)
Joan Blondell ... (archive footage)
Humphrey Bogart ... (archive footage)
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A nostalgic look back at the Great Depression with contemporary archival footage and film clips picturing James Cagney as an American Everyman.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Mad World of Hollywood In Its Heyday! G-Men and Dillinger...the silver screen and breadlines...movie stars and millionaires...the laughing, crying, never-to-be-forgotten 30s! See more »

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1975 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Blott för gammal vänskaps skull See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film had its world premiere on British television, on Sunday 23 March 1975 on BBC2 at 9.20pm. Its UK cinema release was the following Thursday, 27 March. See more »

Connections

Features The Emperor Jones (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

The Drunkard Song (There Is a Tavern in the Town)
(ca 1883)
Traditional
Written by Rudy Vallee
Performed by Rudy Vallee
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A very enjoyable documentary
19 September 2003 | by Ed in MOSee all my reviews

I recently bought this documentary on DVD and watched it several times in succession. It is the best archival source of Depression-era material I have ever run across. I particulary enjoyed the segment with Huey Long. What a terrific speaker he was! And to see him on stage with Ina Ray Hutton, the woman band leader, was a real treat. I highly recommend this for historians of America in the 20th century.


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