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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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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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the beginning of the "Bring On The Beautiful Girls" number, several older women are shown. These were women who had actually appeared in the original Ziegfeld Follies on stage. 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

Libiamo ne'lieti calici
from "La Traviata"
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Sung by James Melton, Marion Bell
Danced by James Melton, Marion Bell, chorus
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No Plot, Lame Comedy, Fair Music & Dancing
18 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wasn't disappointed because there was no plot to this story. I didn't expect one, or care - I just wanted to see Fred Astire and Gene Kelly dance in the same film, and I wanted to enjoy the humor of Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, William Powell, Fanny Brice and others. It didn't hurt that Lena Horne, Kathryn Grayson, Esther Williams and more also were in this motion picture.

However to be honest and get to the point quickly: 1 - the comedy scenes were not funny and went on way too long (10 minutes and more in some skits); 2 - the song and dance numbers weren't much. I am a big fan of tap dancing and was very disappointed there was very little of it, although seeing Astaire and Kelly together in one number made me glad I watched this movie at least this once; 3 - The songs, in general, were not to my liking.

Now, to others who like those kind of ballads or that kind of dancing that was in here, this will good stuff to watch. It also offers some wild, almost garish color at times, and some pretty extravagant costumes. The musical numbers are far better than the weak comedy. Overall, it just didn't measure up to my expectations. My VHS picture wasn't the best, either. Perhaps I would change my mind with a good DVD transfer.


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