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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

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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

A large number of writers were hired at one time or another to write the script, including Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, George Jessel, Harry W. Conn, Alan Campbell, Anita Loos, John Emerson, Alice Duer Miller and 'Dorothy Parker'. Samuel Goldwyn rejected their scripts and finally hired Ben Hecht (who wrote his script in two weeks) for the final version. It is not known if any of the earlier work was used in Hecht's version. See more »

Quotes

Oliver Merlin: I'm a producer of movies. I get my wagonloads of poets and dramatists, but I can't buy common sense - I cannot buy humanity!
Hazel Dawes: Well, I don't know why, Mr. Merlin. There's an awful lot of it.
Oliver Merlin: Yes, I know, but the moment I buy it, it turns into something else, usually genius, and it isn't worth a dime. Now, if you could stay just as simple as your are, you'd be invaluable to me. I'll put you on my staff. I'll give you a title, "Miss Humanity". Don't rush, you can finish your ice cream soda.
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Connections

Referenced in Fantasia (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

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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An amusing mess
2 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I won't be as harsh as the other writer, but this movie is pretty much a mess. It almost looks like a showcase for "up-and-coming" actors, anchored by Adolphe Monjou. I don't know why Andrea Leeds disappeared, she's no better or worse than anyone else from the era, and very pretty besides. Reminded me of Donna Reed. Kenny Baker is doing a great Dick Powell, only a few years too late. His type of part was becoming obsolete. He is very good here and 9 years later in "The Harvey Girls". But musical numbers come out of nowhere, and suddenly you hear Helen Jepson and Charles Cullman from the Metropolitan Opera, and see Vera Zorina the ballerina (quite funny in her comedy scenes). I never got the appeal of the Ritz Brothers. It's nice (and rare) to see Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. Bergen's timing is impeccable, and Charlie, is, well, Charlie. I sort of see why they were successful on radio. Monjou is on autopilot, but he can't do much else in this creaky vehicle. Ignore the plot, watch the individual scenes. Pretty to look at, but don't think too much.


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