The Gold Diggers (1923 film)

The Gold Diggers is a lost Warner Bros. silent comedy film directed by Harry Beaumont with screenplay by Grant Carpenter[2] based on the play The Gold Diggers by Avery Hopwood which ran for 282 performances on Broadway in 1919 and 1920. Both the play and the film were produced by David Belasco. The film stars Hope Hampton, Wyndham Standing, and Louise Fazenda. It was also the (uncredited) film debut of Louise Beavers.[3]

The Gold Diggers
Still with Wyndham Standing and Hope Hampton
Directed byHarry Beaumont
Produced byDavid Belasco
Written byGrant Carpenter (scenario)
Based onThe Gold Diggers
(1919 play)
by Avery Hopwood
StarringHope Hampton
Wyndham Standing
Louise Fazenda
Edited byFrank Mitchell Dazey
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • September 22, 1923 (1923-09-22) (US)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Box office$501,000[1]

The story of The Gold Diggers was filmed again as a talkie in 1929 as Gold Diggers of Broadway, which is now lost, and also in 1933 as Gold Diggers of 1933, with musical numbers created by Busby Berkeley. Three other sequels followed: Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935), Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936), and Gold Diggers in Paris (1938).


Wally Saunders (Johnny Harron) wants to marry chorus girl Violet Dayne (Anne Cornwall), but his uncle, Stephen Lee (Wyndham Standing) thinks that all chorines are gold diggers (people who date others to get money from them) and refuses to give his approval. Violet's friend Jerry La Mar (Hope Hampton) is not a gold digger, but she agrees to go after Lee so aggressively that Violet will look tame by comparison. Of course, the uncle and the friend fall in love and get married, even after he knows the truth about her, and he gives permission for Wally and Violet to get hitched too.


Box Office

According to Warner Bros records the film earned $470,000 domestically and $31,000 foreign.[1]

Preservation status

This film is now lost. No copies of The Gold Diggers are known to exist.


  1. Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 2 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551
  2. Progressive Silent Film List: The Gold Diggers at
  3. The Gold Diggers on IMDb

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