13 December 2012

Who's That Girl?

Hollywood musicals of the 1930s are often filled with dozens of pretty chorines who fill the background and support the films' leads. In some of Busby Berkeley’s greats—42nd Street, Gold Diggers of 1933, Footlight Parade—there’s one woman in particular who stands out from the others around her. Sporting a striking black bob she's hard to miss. But who is she?

Mildred Dixon is at the end of the line in Gold Diggers of 1933

Thanks to some film fans, she’s been identified as Mildred Dixon who appeared in more than 15 films and shorts in the 1930s. She’s usually easy to spot in the dance routines; in Footlight Parade she has a line in the “Honeymoon Hotel” number. I’d like to know more about her; perhaps someone will uncover other films or info about her one of these days. In the meantime, I think I'm going to watch some of her films this week and play where's Mildred.

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