Glorifying the American Girl (1929)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Musical  |  7 December 1929 (USA)
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The rise of a showgirl, Gloria Hughes, culminating in a Ziegfeld extravaganza "Glorifying the American Girl".



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Complete credited cast:
Eddie Cantor - Appearance in Revue Scenes
Helen Morgan - Appearance in Revue Scenes
Rudy Vallee - Appearance in Revue Scenes
Dan Healy ...
Kaye Renard ...
Edward Crandall ...
Gloria Shea ...
Barbara (as Olive Shea)
Sarah Edwards ...
Mrs. Hughes
Singing and Dancing Chorus of Seventy-Five Glorified Beauties ...
Chorus Members


Gloria, Barabara and Buddy are working at the sheet music counter in a New York department store. On a trip of the whole store, Gloria, who's in love with Buddy, is spotted by vaudeville hoofer Miller, whom his partner Mooney, like her predecessors, has just left. Miller tours with Gloria and both are spotted by Ziegfeld's talent scouts, just before they were splitting up, leaving Gloria with a contract giving Miller a part of her earnings in the next few years. Gloria becomes the star of a new Ziegfeld production, but Barbara, who has been pining for buddy for quite a while, seems to have more luck with him. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <>

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Comedy | Drama | Musical






Release Date:

7 December 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Glorificação da Beleza  »

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(Raymond Rohauer print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System)


| (2-strip Technicolor) (some sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Fanny Brice, Will Rogers and Marilyn Miller were scheduled to make cameo appearances in this film. But since Brice was appearing in a play by Ziegfeld rival David Belasco, Miller was under contract to Warner Bros. and Rogers under contract to Fox, they did not appear in the film. See more »


Bye Bye Blackbird
(1926) (uncredited)
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Sung by picnic guests with modified lyrics ("Mr. Heimer")
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A glimpse into the 20's plus a decent story as well
1 July 2001 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

There are two levels to this film. First is your chance to get a glimpse of history. You get to see an example (brief) of what one of the Ziegfeld Follies was. In the process of that you get a chance to hear and see Rudy Vallee and Helen Morgan sing, and see one of Eddie Cantor's skits. You also get a feel for the pomp and extravagance of the follies. What a difference to today's entertainment. In a sense, the folllies were a preview of what became the variety shows on television. And, those shows are gone too. And the movie catches how interested the general public was when a show opened. There was no tv in 1929 so radio went on the air describing all of the people who were attending the opening.

The second level is a fairly decent and interesting story. A story of a young woman who wanted to achieve success. And, in her drive for that success, we see the life she leaves behind and the effect that has on people as she drives forward. Part of that drive comes from her mother who wanted to be a part of that success. It is interesting how she also tries to drive Mary Eaton into making the decisions that she wants made and how she tries to manipulate those decisions. The movie does get across that there is a price to pay for success.

An interesting movie and worth seeing for a glimpse into the late 20's.

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