Showgirl Outfit from “We’re In The Money,” The Gold Diggers of 1933

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You know this song — you’ve probably heard Bugs Bunny singing it. “We’re in the money, we’re in the money / We’ve got a lot of what it takes to get along!” Or, if you’re not a Bugs Bunny fan, perhaps you’ve seen this very scene in Bonnie and Clyde, as a short bit of sardonic commentary on their exploits. It’s from a movie called The Gold Diggers of 1933, a goofy, shiny Depression-era musical that, as far as I know, is the only movie to feature Ginger Rogers singing in Pig Latin. Upon reflection, I wonder if the coins shouldn’t have been silver…

I wouldn’t envy you, by the way, if you tried to cut this out and actually put it on a doll. Maybe drop the trailing coin boa on the one side and pretend it goes out behid her instead?

7 thoughts on “Showgirl Outfit from “We’re In The Money,” The Gold Diggers of 1933

  1. Very Nice- sorry, but show girl is all about the head dress…you are a master of gold in prisma color, by the way.

  2. Hey, watch the video, you’ll see the original and the Pig Latin singing part alone makes it worth it. And… mm, you’re right, my site is an hour behind, isn’t it?

  3. Is is just me, or is that huge coin covering Ginger’s what have you a bit awkward and distracting?
    I seem to recall that when a paperdoll had a more risque outfit, the body was actually drawn with the clothes… I guess that made it easier to cut out.
    I adore your website and can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  4. Well, right after this song — in the middle, actually — the police (?) come to the theater to repossess everything and kick everyone out, so you get the gag where someone pulls it right off. (This was, of course, pre-code…)

    I try not to draw the bodies as part of the outfits, because I have vague plans to do other dolls with different skin colors… I haven’t yet, though, because I hate drawing the dolls and would much rather work on the clothes. ;)

    Thanks for the comment!

  5. The huge coins covering the whatsit area [|rotate in time to the music] at one point. You gotta love Busby Berkeley, that dude was a mad genius.

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