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The Goldwyn Follies (1938)

Passed  |   |  Musical, Romance  |  4 February 1938 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Merlin (as Adolph Menjou)
The Ritz Brothers ...
The Ritz Brothers
Vera Zorina ...
Olga Samara
Danny Beecher
Andrea Leeds ...
Hazel Dawes
Edgar Bergen ...
Charlie McCarthy ...
Helen Jepson ...
Leona Jerome
Phil Baker ...
Michael Day
Bobby Clark ...
A. Basil Crane Jr.
Ella Logan ...
Glory Wood
Jerome Cowan ...
Charles Kullmann ...
Alfredo in 'La Traviata'
The American Ballet of the Metropolitan Opera ...
Nydia Westman ...


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 <>

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And now the aristocrat of the fun shows


Musical | Romance


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Release Date:

4 February 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Goldwyn Follies  »

Box Office


$1,800,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


(TCM print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


George Balanchine wanted to film a ballet of Gershwin's "An American in Paris" for this movie, He choreographed and rehearsed it for three weeks but was told by Goldwyn that "the miners in Harrisburg wouldn't understand it." The ballet was later used in An American in Paris (1951), choreographed by Gene Kelly. See more »


Danny Beecher: You live near here?
Hazel Dawes: Just down the street.
Danny Beecher: Oh, that's too bad. I was hoping for a long walk. But maybe you'd like to go exploring? I heard there's an ocean near here and we could sit on the beach and get sunburned.
Hazel Dawes: Tonight?
Danny Beecher: I'm sorry. With you, it seems like the sun *is* shining.
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Referenced in Fantasia (1940) See more »


I Was Doing All Right
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Heard on radio as sung by Ella Logan
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Worth Watching for a Few Acts
1 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mostly dreadful and overlong this "Follies" attempt patches together a lame plot with a variety of acts.

Adolphe Menjou is fine as the movie producer who hires Andrea Leeds to give him the "human touch" in his films. He falls for her but she's in love with a hamburger slinger (Kenny Baker) she tricks Menjou into hiring for his new film. Throw into this stew Vera Zorina as a temperamental ballet star and you have the framework for this film.

Edgar Bergen (and dummy) provide some humor, especially in a funny bit with radio star Phil Baker. Helen Jepson sings a few numbers (she's no Jeanette MacDonald), Bobby Clark plays the harried casting director, Ella Logan (trying to be Martha Raye) is the chaperone, Nydia Westman is the friend, Frank Shields (tennis pro and grandfather to Brooke) is the assistant director to Jerome Cowan. The Ritz Brothers (dreadful as usual) have one funny bit and stink in the rest of their appearance. Alan Ladd has a bit as an auditioning singer.

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