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Ziegfeld Follies (1945)

Approved  |   |  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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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')
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

Certificate:

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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

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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Love
Music by Hugh Martin
Lyrics by Ralph Blane
Sung by Lena Horne
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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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