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The Goldwyn Follies (1938)

Passed  -  Musical | Romance  -  4 February 1938 (USA)
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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."

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Oliver Merlin (as Adolph Menjou)
The Ritz Brothers ...
Themselves
Vera Zorina ...
Olga Samara
Kenny Baker ...
Danny Beecher
Andrea Leeds ...
Hazel Dawes
Edgar Bergen ...
Edgar Bergen
Charlie McCarthy ...
Charlie
Helen Jepson ...
Leona Jerome
Phil Baker ...
Michael Day
Bobby Clark ...
A. Basil Crane Jr.
Ella Logan ...
Glory Wood
Jerome Cowan ...
Director
Charles Kullmann ...
Alfredo in 'La Traviata'
The American Ballet of the Metropolitan Opera ...
Ballet Dancers
Nydia Westman ...
Ada
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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

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 »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Fantasia (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

I Love to Rhyme
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Phil Baker on accordian, with assistance from Edgar Bergen
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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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