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Ziegfeld Follies (1945)

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

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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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J. Newton Numbskull ('When Television Comes')
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Esther Williams ('A Water Ballet')
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Lawyer ('Pay the Two Dollars')
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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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Release Date:

8 April 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ziegfeld Follies of 1946  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,240,816 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,930,000 (USA) (31 December 1946)
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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

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

During the "A Great Lady Has An Interview," Judy Garland is continuously pushing her hair back out of her face during the interview portion of the scene. However, when the musical part begins her hair is firmly fixed up off of her face and stays that way until the end of the number when her dance moves have obviously loosened it up enough to start falling in her face again. 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 Great Performances: The Fred Astaire Songbook (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

A Great Lady Has An Interview (Madame Crematante)
Music by Roger Edens
Lyrics by Kay Thompson
Sung and danced by Judy Garland & Male Chorus
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The Hollywood Revue of 1946
14 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The premise of this film is that Ziegfeld (with William Powell reprising his role) is in heaven thinking of his dream revue, with the rest of the movie just a playing out of that dream revue. I rather wonder about the direction, because this film managed to do what I've never seen done before - make William Powell appear hammy and amateurish in the opening moments as he plays Ziegfeld once again and then disappears for the rest of the film. Believe me, I say this as a huge fan of William Powell.

Thus there is no plot. It involves the big musical and comedy stars of MGM putting on a show of their various capabilities, and for all intents and purposes could be renamed "The Hollywood Revue of 1946" for those familiar with the original from 1929 which basically had the same purpose. Of course, technology has advanced considerably over the ensuing 17 years, but there are still some missteps. Basically, the musical numbers are good, but the comedy skits that punctuate them fall very flat and detract from the entire film. The highlight for me was seeing Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly perform together in a number. The musical numbers make this an above average film, but just barely.

It is most valuable because it shows MGM just as it begins to lose its grip as a leader in the film industry in the post-war era, and also because it reinforces what Buster Keaton always said - that MGM never "got" comedy.


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