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Ziegfeld Follies (1945)

 -  Comedy | Musical  -  8 April 1946 (USA)
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The late, great impresario Florenz Ziegfeld looks down from heaven and ordains a new revue in his grand old style.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Fred Astaire ('Here's to the Ladies') / Raffles ('This Heart of Mine') / Tai Long ('Limehouse Blues') / Gentleman ('The Babbit and the Bromide')
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Lucille Bremer ...
Princess ('This Heart of Mine') / Moy Ling in 'Limehouse Blues')
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Norma Edelman ('A Sweepstakes Ticket')
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Kathryn Grayson ('Beauty')
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Gentleman ('The Babbit and the Bromide')
James Melton ...
Alfredo ('La Traviata')
Victor Moore ...
Lawyer's Client ('Pay the Two Dollars')
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J. Newton Numbskull ('When Television Comes')
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Lawyer ('Pay the Two Dollars')
Marion Bell ...
Violetta ('La Traviata')
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Storyline

In heaven, showman Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. fondly recalls his first Broadway revue, the Ziegfeld Follies of 1907. Even from heaven, he is hoping that he can, for one last time, create that same magic by mounting one last follies. As he thinks about who he would like to appear in these follies, he is assisted in realizing his fantasy, at least in his own mind, by such luminaries as Fred Astaire, Edward Arnold, 'Lucille Ball', Marion Bell, Lucille Bremer, Fanny Brice, Cyd Charisse, Judy Garland, Kathryn Grayson, Lena Horne, Gene Kelly, James Melton, Victor Moore, Virginia O'Brien, Red Skelton, Esther Williams, Keenan Wynn, and, of course, a bevy of beautiful girls. Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Flashing...smashing SCREEN ENTERTAINMENT! DAZZLING IN ITS BEAUTY...PACKED WITH GLORIOUS Melodies! (original print media ad - many caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Release Date:

8 April 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ziegfeld Follies of 1944  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,240,816 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lena Horne hated the ghetto setting for Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane's "Love" so much that she refused to make a commercial single, although she would use the song in her nightclub act several years later. Moreover, Miss Horne would supply her vocal intensity to a trio of renditions on LP: "Give the Lady What She Wants" (RCA Victor, 1958, reissued on a 2004 Japanese CD by BMG), sung to a samba rhythm arranged and conducted by her husband Lennie Hayton; "Lena Horne Sings Your Requests" (Charter/MGM Records, 1963, updated to CD in 1992 by the DRG label), this time the ditty propelled by a swinging tempo arranged and conducted by Marty Paich; then live as part of her legendary, Tony Award-winning performance in "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music," which played on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre between May 12, 1981 and June 30, 1982 (Qwest/Warner Bros. LP, 1981, Qwest/WEA CD, 1995, conducted by Linda Twine, produced by Quincy Jones). See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the "This Heart of Mine" number, as Astaire and Bremer begin to dance back to the palace, dancers in the background (screen left) are clearly struggling to stabilize some of the antler-tree props. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.: Ah... Saturday, September twenty fifth. Another heavenly day. Ah, yes. Always a heavenly day.
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Crazy Credits

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Connections

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Soundtracks

The Babbitt and the Bromide
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Sung and danced by Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly
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Cast As Parts Are Better Than The Whole Musical
27 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I first heard about this movie, & saw that the real Fanny Brice, Red Skelton, Judy Garland, & all the other greats from this era were in this, I knew I had to see it. I only wish the whole film lived up to the sum of its parts. The star power in this movie would blow anything over.

I think the fault here is that the film comes off as a lot of dis-jointed performances which while well-staged & good, have nothing to tie you to the film & stay interested in it. The great musicals such as 2006's DreamGirls have that kind of thing. As a result, the main interest for someone watching this is to take a DVD of it with a scene menu & go to you favorite performers part in it.

After seeing Streisand play Fanny Brice, it is interesting to see the real woman as she was versus Bab's portrayal of her. This film is lavish & MGM's Technicolor is great as usual. The film just doesn't flow very well which is a shame. It looks like no one wanted to hire good writers for a script.

MGM made this on the presumption that just the stars would put people in the theater seats. I bet it did in it's time, but I only wish it had been done better now.


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