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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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Stars: The Ritz Brothers, Al Ritz, Harry Ritz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Storyline

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

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

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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

This was the last film for George Gershwin, who died before filming had begun. He and his brother Ira Gershwin had been hired to write the songs, which were not yet completed. Composer Vernon Duke took his place and co-wrote "Spring Again" with Ira, as well as the music for "Romeo and Juliet Ballet" and "Water Nymph Ballet." In his autobiography, Duke also claims to have worked on the hit song "Love Is Here to Stay." 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'm Not Complaing
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Vernon Duke
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Written for the movie but not in the released print
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I agree the film is in many ways a mess, but what grand songs!
5 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

I agree that the film is in many ways a mess, but what grand songs! Some of the last songs George Gershwin composed (a few actually finished by Vernon Duke). Especially lovely is Kenny Baker slinging hamburgers in a diner, singing "Love Walked In," and later "Love Is Here To Stay." It is also a very early example of a Technicolor film. So although often quite dumb, this film has its moments of fine entertainment.


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