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Writers:
Ben Hecht (story)
Sid Kuller (special sequences: Ritz Brothers) ...
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Release Date:
4 February 1938 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
And now the aristocrat of the fun shows
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
DVD Playhouse--May 2009
 (From The Hollywood Interview. 11 May 2009, 11:22 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Worth Watching for a Few Acts See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Adolphe Menjou ... 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
Frank Shields ... Assistant Director
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Alexander ... Olga's Hairdresser (uncredited)
Vivian Austin ... 'Gorgeous' Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Lynne Berkeley ... 'Gorgeous' Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Ted Billings ... Studio Grip (uncredited)
Joseph Crehan ... Theatre Manager (uncredited)
Harold De Becker ... Man in Diner (uncredited)
Marjorie Deanne ... 'Gorgeous' Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
William Dollar ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Betty Douglas ... 'Gorgeous' Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Roland Drew ... Roland, Igor in 'Forgotten Dance' (uncredited)
Judith Ford ... 'Gorgeous' Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Anne Graham ... 'Gorgeous' Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Jane Hamilton ... 'Gorgeous' Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Al Herman ... The Tailor (uncredited)
Leonard Kibrick ... Violinist at Radio Station (uncredited)

Alan Ladd ... First Auditioning Singer (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Prop Man (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Man in Audience at Opera (uncredited)
Alfred Newman ... Musical Director (uncredited)
Barry Norton ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jack Raymond ... Extra in Casting Office (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt ... Cowboy Actor (uncredited)
Maclovia Ruiz ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Walter Sande ... Westinghouse - Third Auditioning Singer (uncredited)
Fred Santley ... Basil, Second Auditioning Singer (uncredited)
Evelyn Terry ... 'Gorgeous' Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Russell Wade ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Gloria Youngblood ... 'Gorgeous' Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
George Marshall 
H.C. Potter (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Ben Hecht (story and screen play)

Sid Kuller (special sequences: Ritz Brothers) and
Ray Golden (special sequences: Ritz Brothers)

Sam Perrin (additional comedy sequences) and
Arthur Phillips (additional comedy sequences)

Produced by
Samuel Goldwyn .... producer
George Haight .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Gregg Toland (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Sherman Todd (film editor)
 
Set Decoration by
Julia Heron (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Omar Kiam (costumes by)
 
Makeup Department
Max Factor .... color harmony makeup ensembles
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edmond F. Bernoudy .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Richard Day .... color designer
Henri Jaffa .... associate color art director: Technicolor (as Henri C. Jaffa)
Natalie Kalmus .... color art director: The Technicolor Company
 
Sound Department
Frank Maher .... sound recorder
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Coburn .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Vernon Duke .... ballet music: additional songs by
George Gershwin .... music by
Ira Gershwin .... lyrics by
Paul Neal .... music recorder
Alfred Newman .... musical direction
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrations (as Edward Powell)
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
David Raksin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
George Balanchine .... ballet: conceived and staged by
Samuel Goldwyn .... presents
Ray Rennahan .... photographic advisor: The Technicolor Company
Nicholas Kopeikine .... assistant: George Balanchine (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
USA:115 min (TCM print) | 122 min (copyright length)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:S | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #3926) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

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:
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fantasia (1940)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Volga BoatmanSee more »

FAQ

What song lyrics from this film were quoted in "The Fifty Worst Movies of All Time"?
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Worth Watching for a Few Acts, 1 January 2006
Author: drednm from United States

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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