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Ziegfeld Follies (1945)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 8 April 1946 (USA)
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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Princess ('This Heart of Mine') / Moy Ling in 'Limehouse Blues')
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Norma Edelman ('A Sweepstakes Ticket')
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The Star ('A Great Lady Has An Interview')
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Kathryn Grayson ('Beauty')
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Gentleman ('The Babbit and the Bromide')
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Alfredo ('La Traviata')
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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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Comedy | Musical

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8 April 1946 (USA)  »

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

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Among the ideas planned in the film, but not used, included: - A spoof of the musical "Lady in the Dark" with Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Lana Turner, and Fred Astaire. - A minstrel number with Garland, Rooney, Astaire, Gene Kelly, Lou Holtz and Nancy Walker. -a duet between Lena Horne and Herb Jeffries. -a skit with Wallace Beery and Marjorie Main. - An "Album of Familiar Songs" medley with Garland, Marilyn Maxwell, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Lena Horne, and Kathryn Grayson. - A "Firehouse Chat," a sketch with Garland, Lucille Ball and Ann Sothern. - "Reading of the Play," a sketch with Garland and Frank Morgan. - "It's Getting Hot in Tahiti" (music and lyrics by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane) with Garland. - A "Fairy Tale" sketch with Katharine Hepburn, Margaret O'Brien, Elizabeth Taylor, and Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins. - "I've Got Those Rooney/Pidgeon/Skelton Blues" with Garland, Ball and Greer Garson (in a number they'd concocted on a war bond train) moaning about their frequent co-stars. -"(We're Having a) Heat Wave with Ethel Waters reprising the number she introduced the Broadway musical "As Thousands Cheer" - "Pass That Peace Pipe" (music and lyrics by Martin, Blane and Roger Edens) with Garland, Rooney, Ball, Walker, George Murphy, June Allyson, Gloria DeHaven, Gene Kelly and Charles Walters (The song was later given to Joan McCracken by Walters when he directed Good News (1947).) - "Sand," a sketch with Garland and Astaire in blackface. -a tap dance number for Eleanor Powell. - "Children's Park" with various MGM stars (including Hepburn, Garland, Horne, Garson, Turner, Hedy Lamarr, Walter Pidgeon, Myrna Loy, Basil Rathbone, Tom Drake and Esther Williams) riding on swings. - "I Love You More In Technicolor Than I Do In Black and White" (music and lyrics by Martin and Blane) with Garland turning down dates from John Hodiak, Van Johnson and James Craig to rekindle with Rooney. (This routine had to be dropped when Rooney entered the Army.) - James Melton suggested he should do a number with either Garland, Jeanette MacDonald, or Grayson. 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

"Bunin's Puppets" are listed as cast members just above Cyd Charisse. See more »

Connections

Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.18 (1956) See more »

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Music by Hugh Martin
Lyrics by Ralph Blane
Sung by Lena Horne
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1/2 Grandeur, 1/2 Glamour
16 June 1999 | by (W. Hollywood, CA) – See all my reviews

If you get easily bored with those old movies that seem to roll and roll forever, this is for you. It really has no plot, but you really don't need one. You could call this movie the Grand Ball, because it really is a set of dances. (Except for a few comedy scenes) Overall, I strongly believe that it is a really good movie, especially in those Fred Astaire numbers (Here's to the Girls, This Heart of Mine, and the Limehouse Blues) This movie is a real MUST for classic movie and Ziegfeld lovers alike.


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