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Glorifying the American Girl (1929)

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

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Eddie Cantor - Appearance in Revue Scenes
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Rudy Vallee - Appearance in Revue Scenes
Dan Healy ...
'Miller'
Kaye Renard ...
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Barbara (as Olive Shea)
Sarah Edwards ...
Mrs. Hughes
Singing and Dancing Chorus of Seventy-Five Glorified Beauties ...
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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 <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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(Raymond Rohauer print)

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Eddie Cantor, Helen Morgan and Rudy Vallee are listed early in the credits, and are NOT in the comprehensive cast list presented later. Because of this, the IMDb cast list uses all actor names in order of being printed in the credits. See more »


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What Wouldn't I Do for That Man?
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Jay Gorney
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Sung by Helen Morgan
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Early Backstage Musical
15 February 2005 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

While the Ziegfeld Follies is GLORIFYING THE American GIRL, one young lady sacrifices love for success.

This antique musical, produced under the personal supervision of Florenz Ziegfeld for Paramount Studios, is another backstage melodrama (a very popular genre at the time) about finding happiness through fame and success on the stage. Like so many other pictures of the era, it revels in Talk & Music; unfortunately, the sound quality is generally poor, making much of the dialogue & lyrics rather hard to decipher.

The representation of Ziegfeld's lavish production numbers is interesting in a historical context, and would be more pleasing to the eye if the original Technicolor footage still survived. Celebrated dancer Ted Shawn was responsible for the ballet numbers, while Irving Berlin supplied some of the music. A careful attention to the soundtrack will disclose the use of old standard tunes in the soundtrack: "A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody," "Bye, Bye, Blackbird," "Side By Side" & "Blue Skies."

The regular cast is made up of long-forgotten performers who still give the material their best efforts: Mary Eaton plays the dancer looking for fame in the Follies; Dan Healy is her rapacious but talented partner. Edward Crandall is Miss Eaton's doe-eyed department store boyfriend; Olive Shea plays the salesgirl who loves him desperately. Sarah Edwards has a few good moments as Miss Eaton's crocodilian mother.

Ziegfeld brought in three big stars to liven things up during the movie's final lap. Regrettably, Rudy Vallee's rendition of his hit "Vagabond Lover" is both wooden & unintelligible. Perched on a piano, Helen Morgan is equally difficult to understand, but her personality still comes through in her rendition of a torch song. Hyperactive Eddie Cantor comes off best of all during a boisterous sketch about a Jewish haberdasher.


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