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Release Date:
8 April 1946 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Flashing...smashing SCREEN ENTERTAINMENT! DAZZLING IN ITS BEAUTY...PACKED WITH GLORIOUS Melodies! (original print media ad - many caps) See more »
Plot:
The late, great impresario Florenz Ziegfeld looks down from heaven and ordains a new revue in his grand old style. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Sparkly and fun but with next to no substance... Astaire shines though! See more (40 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fred Astaire ... Fred Astaire ('Here's to the Ladies') / Raffles ('This Heart of Mine') / Tai Long ('Limehouse Blues') / Gentleman ('The Babbit and the Bromide')

Lucille Ball ... Lucille Ball ('Here's to the Ladies')
Lucille Bremer ... Princess ('This Heart of Mine') / Moy Ling in 'Limehouse Blues')

Fanny Brice ... Norma Edelman ('A Sweepstakes Ticket')

Judy Garland ... The Star ('A Great Lady Has An Interview')

Kathryn Grayson ... Kathryn Grayson ('Beauty')

Lena Horne ... Lena Horne ('Love')

Gene Kelly ... Gentleman ('The Babbit and the Bromide')
James Melton ... Alfredo ('La Traviata')
Victor Moore ... Lawyer's Client ('Pay the Two Dollars')

Red Skelton ... J. Newton Numbskull ('When Television Comes')

Esther Williams ... Esther Williams ('A Water Ballet')

William Powell ... Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.

Edward Arnold ... Lawyer ('Pay the Two Dollars')
Marion Bell ... Violetta ('La Traviata')

Cyd Charisse ... Ballerina ('Beauty')

Hume Cronyn ... Monty ('A Sweepstakes Ticket')

William Frawley ... Martin ('A Sweepstakes Ticket')
Robert Lewis ... Chinese Gentleman ('Limehouse Blues' / Telephone Voice ('Number Please')

Virginia O'Brien ... Virginia O'Brien ('Here's to the Ladies')

Keenan Wynn ... Caller ('Number Please')
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bunin's Puppets ... Puppets
Rod Alexander ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Robert Ames ... Masked Man ('Limehouse Blues') (uncredited)
Gloria Joy Arden ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jean Ashton ... Dancer (uncredited)
Irene Austin ... Dancer (uncredited)
William Bailey ... Subway Passenger ('Pay the Two Dollars') (uncredited)
Juliette Ball ... Club Patron ('Love') (uncredited)
Bonnie Barlowe ... Dancer (uncredited)
James Barron ... Couple with Banners in 'Limehouse Blues' (uncredited)
Eleanor Bayley ... Couple with Branches in 'Limehouse Blues' (uncredited)
Judi Blacque ... Dancer (uncredited)
Lennie Bluett ... Dancer ('Love') (uncredited)
Karin Booth ... Ziegfeld Girl (uncredited)
Norman Borine ... Dancer (uncredited)
Helen Boyce ... Countess ('This Heart of Mine') (uncredited)
Hazel Brooks ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ed Brown ... Dancer (uncredited)
Marie Bryant ... Woman Getting Her Man Taken in ('Love') (uncredited)
Kathleen Cartmill ... Dancer (uncredited)
Lucille Casey ... Ziegfeld Girl (uncredited)
Jack Cavan ... Dancer (uncredited)
Elise Cavanna ... Tall Woman (uncredited)
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... Lieutenant ('This Heart of Mine') (uncredited)
Naomi Childers ... Duchess ('This Heart of Mine') (uncredited)
Milton Chisholm ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Marilyn Christine ... Dancer (uncredited)
Charles Coleman ... Majordomo ('This Heart of Mine') (uncredited)
Aina Constant ... Ziegfeld Girl (uncredited)
Laura Corbay ... Dancer (uncredited)
Joseph Crehan ... 1st Judge ('Pay the Two Dollars') (uncredited)
Dick D'Arcy ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
William B. Davidson ... 2nd Judge ('Pay the Two Dollars') (uncredited)
Jack Deery ... Man (uncredited)
Dante DiPaolo ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Frances Donelan ... Ziegfeld Girl (uncredited)

Natalie Draper ... Ziegfeld Girl (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... 3rd Subway Policeman ('Pay the Two Dollars') (uncredited)
Rita Dunn ... Dancer (uncredited)
Meredyth Durrell ... Dancer (uncredited)
Mary Jo Ellis ... Couple with Banners in 'Limehouse Blues' (uncredited)
Rex Evans ... Butler ('A Great Lady Has An Interview') (uncredited)
Shawn Ferguson ... Dancer (uncredited)
Sam Flint ... Majordomo's Assistant ('This Heart of Mine') (uncredited)
Jeanne Francis ... Dancer (uncredited)
Sean Francis ... Ensemble in 'Limehouse Blues' (uncredited)
Jean French ... Dancer (uncredited)
Mary Jane French ... Dancer (uncredited)
Sam Garrett ... Roping / Twirling Act (uncredited)
Karen X. Gaylord ... Ziegfeld Girl (uncredited)
Sidney Gordon ... Masked Man ('This Heart of Mine') (uncredited)
David Gray ... Dancer (uncredited)
Aileen Haley ... Ziegfeld Girl (uncredited)
Carol Haney ... Ziegfeld Girl (uncredited)
Suzette Harbin ... Flirt ('Love') (uncredited)
Avanelle Harris ... Club Patron ('Love') (uncredited)
Maggie Hathaway ... Dancer ('Love') (uncredited)
Charles Hawkins ... Club Patron ('Love') (uncredited)
Bill Hawley ... Dancer (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... Warden ('Pay the Two Dollars') (uncredited)
Doreen Hayward ... Dancer (uncredited)
Cleo Herndon ... Dancer ('Love') (uncredited)
George Hill ... 2nd Subway Policeman ('Pay the Two Dollars') (uncredited)
Shirlee Howard ... Ziegfeld Girl (uncredited)
Don Hulbert ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Charlotte Hunter ... Dancer (uncredited)
Virginia Hunter ... Dancer (uncredited)
Patricia Jackson ... Dancer (uncredited)
Margaret Kays ... Dancer (uncredited)
James King ... Rooster ('Limehouse Blues') (uncredited)
Laura Knight ... Dancer (uncredited)
Laura Lane ... Dancer (uncredited)

Peter Lawford ... Porky ('Number Please') (voice) (uncredited)
Harriet Lee ... Bar Singer ('Limehouse Blues') (uncredited)
Dale Lefler ... Dancer (uncredited)
Eugene Loring ... Costermonger ('Limehouse Blues') (uncredited)
Charles Lunard ... Masked Man ('Limehouse Blues') (uncredited)
Herb Lurie ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Patricia Lynn ... Ensemble in 'Limehouse Blues' (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Subway Passenger ('Pay the Two Dollars') (uncredited)
Melvin Martin ... Dancer (uncredited)
Matt Mattox ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Bert May ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Diane Meredith ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ruth Merman ... Ensemble in 'Limehouse Blues' (uncredited)
Lorraine Miller ... Dancer (uncredited)
Joyce Murray ... Dancer (uncredited)
Janet Nevis ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ray Nyles ... Dancer (uncredited)
Helen O'Hara ... Ziegfeld Girl (uncredited)
Billy O'Shay ... Dancer (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... 1st Subway Policeman ('Limehouse Blues') (uncredited)
Jack Purcell ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Ellen Ray ... Couple with Parasols in 'Limehouse Blues' (uncredited)
Jane Ray ... Dancer (uncredited)
Dorothy Raye ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jack Regas ... Masked Man ('Limehouse Blues') (uncredited)
Beth Renner ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ricky Ricardi ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Alex Romero ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Noreen Roth ... Ziegfeld Girl (uncredited)
Billy Shead ... Couple with Parasols in 'Limehouse Blues' (uncredited)
Elaine Shepard ... Ziegfeld Girl (uncredited)
Silver ... Horse in 'Here's to the Girls' (uncredited)
Melba Snowden ... Dancer (uncredited)
Walter Stane ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ronald Stanton ... Couple with Branches in 'Limehouse Blues' (uncredited)
Ivon Starr ... Dancer (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Magistrate ('Pay the Two Dollars') (uncredited)
Count Stefenelli ... Count ('This Heart of Mine') (uncredited)
Wanda Stevenson ... Ensemble in 'Limehouse Blues' (uncredited)
Grady Sutton ... Texan ('Number Please') (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... 2nd Subway Policeman ('Limehouse Blues') (uncredited)
Audrey Totter ... Phone Operator ('Number Please') (voice) (uncredited)
Robert Trout ... Dancer (uncredited)
Dorothy Van Nuys ... Ziegfeld Girl (uncredited)
Arthur Walsh ... Telegraph Boy ('A Sweepstakes Ticket') (uncredited)
Robert Wayne ... Dyseptic ('This Heart of Mine') (uncredited)
Eve Whitney ... Ziegfeld Girl (uncredited)
Kay Williams ... Girl ('Number Please') / Ziegfeld Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Lemuel Ayers (segment "Love")
Roy Del Ruth (segment "A Sweepstakes Ticket")
Robert Lewis (segment "Number Please")
Vincente Minnelli (segments "This Heart of Mine", "Limehouse Blues", "A Great Lady Has an Interview", "The Babbitt and the Bromide" and "Beauty")
George Sidney (segments "Here's to the Girls", "Pay the Two Dollars" and "When Television Comes")
Merrill Pye (segment "A Water Ballet") (uncredited)
Charles Walters (segment: "A Great Lady Has an Interview") (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
David Freedman (written by) (segment "A Sweepstakes Ticket")

Hugh Martin (written by) (segment "Love") and
Ralph Blane (written by) (segment "Love")

John Murray Anderson  uncredited
Lemuel Ayers  uncredited
Peter Barr  written by (segment "Number Please") (uncredited)
Guy Bolton  uncredited
Allen Boretz  uncredited
Irving Brecher  written by (segment "The Babbitt and the Bromide") (uncredited)
Eddie Cantor  uncredited
Erik Charell  uncredited
Harry Crane  uncredited
Roger Edens  uncredited
Joseph Erens  uncredited
Devery Freeman  uncredited
Everett Freeman  uncredited
E.Y. Harburg  uncredited
Lou Holtz  uncredited
Cal Howard  uncredited
Al Lewis  writer "Ziegfeld Days" sketch (segment "Bunin's Puppets") (uncredited)
Robert Lewis  uncredited
Max Liebman  uncredited
Eugene Loring  uncredited
Wilkie C. Mahoney  uncredited
Jack McGowan  uncredited
William Noble  uncredited
James O'Hanlon  uncredited
Samson Raphaelson  uncredited
Philip Rapp  uncredited
William Schorr  uncredited
Joseph Schrank  uncredited
Edna Skelton  segment "When Television Comes" (uncredited)
Red Skelton  segment "When Television Comes" (uncredited)
Frank Sullivan  uncredited
Kay Thompson  uncredited
Harry Tugend  written by (segment "When Television Comes") (uncredited)
Charles Walters  uncredited
William K. Wells  written by (segment "Pay the Two Dollars") (uncredited)
George White  written by (segment "Pay the Two Dollars") (uncredited)
Edgar Allan Woolf  uncredited

Produced by
Arthur Freed .... producer
 
Original Music by
Roger Edens (uncredited)
Lennie Hayton (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
George J. Folsey (director of photography) (as George Folsey)
Charles Rosher (director of photography)
Ray June (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Albert Akst 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Merrill Pye 
Jack Martin Smith 
Lemuel Ayers (uncredited)
Edward C. Carfagno (uncredited)
Harry McAfee (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose 
Tony Duquette (uncredited)
Irene (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup artist
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
Dorothy Ponedel .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Gilbert Kurland .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Greenwood .... assistant director
Al Shenberg .... assistant director
Lou Bunin .... assistant director (uncredited)
Arvid Griffin .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Mac Alper .... associate set decorator
William Ferrari .... art director: puppet sequence
Irene Sharaff .... art director: "Limehouse Blues" sequence (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Joe Edmondson .... unit mixer (uncredited)
William Steinkamp .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Michael Steinore .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
John A. Williams .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Mark Davis .... matte paintings camera (uncredited)
A. Arnold Gillespie .... miniatures (uncredited)
A. Arnold Gillespie .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
Warren Newcombe .... matte paintings (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert J. Bronner .... first assistant camera (segment "When Television Comes") (uncredited)
John M. Nickolaus Jr. .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Sidney Wagner .... photographer (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Lou Bunin .... animator
Lou Chuten .... animation supervisor (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene .... costume supervisor
Florence Bunin .... puppet costume designer (segment "Pay the Two Dollars") (uncredited)
George Petty .... costume designer: Ziegfeld girls (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ted Duncan .... music arranger
Roger Edens .... musical adapter
Lennie Hayton .... musical director
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator
Calvin Jackson .... music arranger
Paul Marquardt .... music arranger
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator
Kay Thompson .... vocal arranger
Earl Cates .... music mixer (uncredited)
Fletcher Henderson .... music arranger (uncredited)
M.J. McLaughlin .... music mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Alton .... dance director
Roy Del Ruth .... additional choreographer
Henri Jaffa .... associate technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Eugene Loring .... additional choreographer
Charles Walters .... additional choreographer
Helen Auer .... secretary: Mr. Freed (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff .... jeweller (uncredited)
Belva Lannan .... secretary: Mr. Edens (uncredited)
Joe Niemeyer .... stand-in: Fred Astaire (segment "Pay the Two Dollars") (uncredited)
Norman Taurog .... director of prologue and retakes (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"Ziegfeld Follies of 1946" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
110 min | West Germany:85 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia:
From a December 13, 1944 recording session, Decca Records issued a disc of Fred Astaire singing and tapping to a spirited song which he had written for the picture, a number which wound up on the cutting-room floor - "If Swing Goes, I Go Too." On the flip side of the Decca 78, Mr. Astaire sang the romantic ballad which showcased him and Lucille Bremer in the movie, "This Heart of Mine" (music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Arthur Freed). Fred's two Decca sides, with an orchestra directed by Al Sack, have been brought back on a French CD box set entitled "Songs & Pictures 1928-1944," released by EPM Music.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Sparkly and fun but with next to no substance... Astaire shines though!, 31 December 2002
Author: gaityr from United Kingdom

If you're watching ZIEGFELD FOLLIES expecting a plot of any kind, or even an attempt at one, you'd probably be quite horrifically let down by this film. It's best to approach and accept it for what it is--a crazy filmic patchwork of song and dance and sketches, with some that undoubtedly work better than others, and some that are best left forgotten in the annals of film history. If you *do* bear this in mind, ZIEGFELD FOLLIES is an amusing way to spend a couple of hours as you watch these famous stars, including Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland and many many more trying their utmost best to entertain you. (Admittedly, some with better success than others!)

The film opens with William Powell as Florenz Ziegfeld (reprising his role in THE GREAT ZIEGFELD for what really amounts to a cameo), looking down from heaven as he plans to put up one last, great Ziegfeld follies using the best stars of the day. What immediately follows is the trademark very very pink number, with girls galore floating by on merry-go-round horses, that segues into a rather surreal bit with Lucille Ball (properly attired in a pink fluffy concoction) brandishing a whip (oh dear) against several girls in very sexily-cut black leather body suits. It's an... interesting way to kick the film off, let's leave it at that.

There's no real way to summarise ZIEGFELD FOLLIES except by singling out one's own favourite numbers. And in the forest of boring (Keenan Wynn wastes his talents in a grating and predictable phone sketch), over-the-top (feast your eyes on Esther Williams' water ballet or Kathryn Grayson's operatic warbling as Cyd Charisse dances through bubble mountains) and just plain weird (Judy Garland performing what could well be the first rap in Classic Hollywood--it's not an altogether pretty picture), all of Astaire's contributions to the film stand out.

Astaire is the ostensible star of the film, appearing no less than four times with three gorgeous dance sequences that could certainly count among his personal best. In two of them he's partnered with Lucille Bremer to pleasing effect. "This Heart Of Mine" features Astaire in his rogue persona as he romances Bremer with dance (doesn't he always?) only to steal her jewelry... and for her to steal his heart. The better of their collaborations is the odd but intriguing "Limehouse Blues" with the two of them made up like Chinese (Astaire almost--*almost*--carries it off but ends up looking a little silly). Leaving aside stereotypes, the ballet in Tai Long's fevered dreams is quite stunning, and impeccably staged. I'm still trying to figure out how Astaire and Bremer managed to remember the exact way in which to flip their fans... I hate to think how many times they must have reshot that just to get it all perfectly synchronised!

My favourite number in ZIEGFELD FOLLIES, small surprise, is the one I was looking out for: the penultimate number, "The Babbitt & The Bromide", featuring Astaire and Kelly together on screen, performing the same routine for once in their long illustrious careers. It's a funny little number, with the two fellows they play meeting each other at every stage of their lives, only to have the same inane, mundane conversation. Then follows a small bout of onemanupship as they try to out-dance the other, right into the gates of Heaven. Watching them together is a real treat, because you know these are probably the two best dancer/singer/actors ever committed to film. It's a bit of a shame that their styles don't quite gel: Astaire floats his way through the routine as Kelly pounds the ground as only he can, so their dancing is polished, in perfect time (the timing is absolutely amazing!), but just a little bit off-kilter. It's still the best number in ZIEGFELD FOLLIES though, with Kelly's irrepressible mischief playing against Astaire's ruffled charm.

ZIEGFELD FOLLIES is really just a big, sparkly candy box of a movie--if you bear in mind that a plot was never particularly high on the mind of writers, producers, or directors, and you have a good book by your side to tide you through the (fortunately not too numerous) stretches of boredom, you're set for the evening. Keep the video ready for whenever Astaire breaks onto the screen; that's always a sign of quality. 7/10

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