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The Goldwyn Follies (1938)

Passed | | Musical, Romance | 4 February 1938 (USA)
Movie producer chooses a simple girl to be "Miss Humanity" and to critically evalute his movies from the point of view of the ordinary person. Hit song: "Love Walked In."

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, (uncredited)

Writers:

(story and screen play), (special sequences: Ritz Brothers) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Oliver Merlin (as Adolph Menjou)
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The Ritz Brothers
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Olga Samara
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Danny Beecher
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Hazel Dawes
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Charlie
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Leona Jerome
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Michael Day
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A. Basil Crane Jr.
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Glory Wood
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Charles Kullmann ...
Alfredo in 'La Traviata'
The American Ballet of the Metropolitan Opera ...
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Movie producer chooses a simple girl to be "Miss Humanity" and to critically evalute his movies from the point of view of the ordinary person. Hit song: "Love Walked In." Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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And now the aristocrat of the fun shows

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Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

4 February 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Goldwyn Follies  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The American Ballet of the Metropolitan Opera is listed in the cast in the opening credits, but not in the end credits. Because of this, the IMDb cast listing uses the opening credits first, and fills in the rest of the cast from the end credits. See more »

Quotes

Charlie McCarthy: What did your mother say to the stork?
Michael Day: That's an insult, take it back!
Charlie McCarthy: Exactly!
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Connections

Referenced in Fantasia (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Romeo and Juliet Ballet
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Vernon Duke
Danced by Vera Zorina and The American Ballet of the Metropolitan Opera
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User Reviews

 
OK, it's not "An American in Paris," but..............
19 May 2006 | by (Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

I would sorely miss not having this Technicolor record of what the old Goldwyn studios and the Santa Monica beach looked like in their heyday. Plus a wonderful cultural record of Jepson's singing (if only Goldwyn had gotten Pinza doing a scene from "Don Giovanni" as well), Zorina's dancing, Balanchine's choreography, and two of Gershwin's finest songs (despite some viewer's comment that "Love Walked In" is insipid, it has always been my personal favorite).

Add to this wonderful sets and costumes, masterfully photographed by Toland (in one of his few efforts in color), and you have a movie that while being a failure as a work of art, is immensely worth seeing as a record of the times.

That said, I wish Kenny Baker had been as good a singer and as personable on screen as Dick Powell, that the dippy story had been jettisoned in favor of a better one (how could Ben Hecht have been a party to this?), and, despite the fact that they were cultural icons (of a sort), that the Ritz Brothers screen time had been in another movie. (Yes, I know there are those who think they're the best thing in the movie, but some people like Martin and Lewis, too).


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