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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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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 »
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DVD Playhouse--May 2009
 (From The Hollywood Interview. 11 May 2009, 11:22 PM, PDT)

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"Then and there I found a world completely new, when love walked in with you" 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:
The film lost $727,500 at the box office.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:
Love Walked InSee more »

FAQ

What song lyrics from this film were quoted in "The Fifty Worst Movies of All Time"?
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"Then and there I found a world completely new, when love walked in with you", 11 May 2013
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

For a film entitled The Goldwyn Follies Sam Goldwyn got some of the very best acts from the opera, the ballet, and the radio to make a nice musical for United Artists to release. A very skimpy backstage plot doesn't get too much in the way. And any film that has everything from the grand opera to the Ritz Brothers has got something for everyone to enjoy.

Truth be told the plot is a bit silly, a kind of modified and lighter version of Maytime. Producer Adolphe Menjou has had a run of bad pictures and he gets the idea that he's losing touch with the public. So fresh and wholesome Andrea Leeds is hired to be his influence with her being attuned to the movie-going public.

Menjou's condition is that she have no contact with other show business entertainers lest she be unduly influenced. But one fine night she finds short order cook Kenny Baker flipping hamburgers and singing to the radio. After that it's Maytime though it ends a lot better for all three of these people.

For ballet you have a couple of numbers choreographed by the immortal Georges Balanchine with his prima ballerina Vera Zorina who was also Mrs. Balanchine. Zorina had just scored very big on Broadway in Rodgers&Hart's On Your Toes and she had a brief Hollywood career as well.

Opera lovers will like hearing Charles Kullman and Helen Jepson singing some selections. The radio furnished us with Phil Baker, Bobby Clark appearing solo for the first time since the death of his partner Clyde McCullough and Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy.

Andrea Leeds who was fresh from her Oscar nominated performance in Stage Door also with Menjou does well when she doesn't sing. But with Kenny Baker's tenor and Helen Jepson in the cast her non-singing singing stands out like a sore thumb. As for Baker he was appearing around this time on the Jack Benny Show as Benny's vocalist before Dennis Day came on the scene. Baker introduces those two Gershwin classics Our Love Is Here To Stay and Love Walked In. Those were the last songs composed by George Gershwin who died before seeing this film.

One thing Goldwyn completely ripped off was a sequence with the Ritz Brothers and Menjou. A similar sequence was done in the Warner Brothers musical Varsity Show with Warren William and a quartet of Ritz Brothers like burlesque comedians. Jack Warner could have sued.

The Goldwyn Follies is a fun bit of entertainment fluff with something literally for all kinds of taste.

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