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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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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)

Tommy Rall ... 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)
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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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Additional Details

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:
Fanny Brice's material in this picture had originated on stage and radio. "The Sweepstakes Ticket" sketch, written by David Freedman, highlighted Miss Brice's final Broadway appearance in "Ziegfeld Follies of 1936." The stage show opened at the Winter Garden Theatre and ran from January 30 through May 9, 1936, plus a return engagement between September 14 and December 19, 1936. Fanny's other comedy scene in the picture, "Baby Snooks and the Burglar" (the footage deleted and now lost), had been performed on NBC's radio series "Good News of 1940." The on-air sketch, entitled "Bungling Burglars," had been broadcast on January 4, 1940, and featured Fanny as the precocious Snooks, with Hanley Stafford playing her exasperated Daddy. The pair would repeat their roles in the cut film sequence, which also featured B.S. Pully as the one burglar. The MGM revue marked Fanny's last film.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Ziegfeld Puts On A Posthumous Follies, 1 March 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Ziegfeld Follies, seeing it again takes me back to the first time I did see it. At the old Ziegfeld Theater now converted to a movie house where for $2.00 I could spend the day with Ziegfeld. A triple feature ran that day. The Great Ziegfeld, Ziegfeld Girl, and Ziegfeld Follies ran back to back. Things started around 10:30 am. and I didn't leave the theater until 7:30 pm.

This film was MGM's attempt to create the Ziegfeld Follies and what it was like to see it on stage. At a time when every studio was creating all star musical films as morale boosters for the war, Ziegfeld Follies is the only one of the whole bunch that has absolutely no mention of the war. In fact it's a one and only throwback to the all star musical films that sprouted out at the beginning of the sound era. It more properly belongs with films like Paramount on Parade, Fox's Movietone Follies, and The King of Jazz.

MGM had more musical talent at its studio than any other and in Ziegfeld Follies they used it all and then some. The introduction is provided by William Powell reprising his role as Florenz Ziegfeld. He's in his heavenly digs now, reminiscing about the great times on earth and the great shows he put on. If he were doing a show today, he'd first begin it with a great star like Fred Astaire. Then Fred takes over and the show begins.

Arthur Freed who also contributed some lyrics here as well, produced Ziegfeld Follies and under his banner various directors and writers and performers all got to do their thing. Two performers Fanny Brice and Victor Moore got to do some of the comedy they did back on the stage and for Ziegfeld. It's a pity Eddie Cantor who was still alive and very much active couldn't be brought in. He's only seen at the beginning in an animated version. W.C. Fields who also starred in the Follies as well on stage probably was in bad health, bad temper or both.

I'm sure that Ziegfeld would have loved the talent assembled here. It ranges from the Metropolitan Opera's James Melton to vaudeville's Red Skelton. In fact my favorite comedy number from the film is Red Skelton doing the Guzzler's Gin Program and lamenting the fact that next time he gets oatmeal for a sponsor.

My favorite musical number is Lena Horne singing the song Love in a Caribbean setting. One of Ziegfeld's famous headliners was the famous black comedian Bert Williams. To not have a black performer in this cast would have been an insult to Ziegfeld's memory as well as a whole race of people. Lena Horne's act isn't exactly the same as Bert Williams's, but her singing of Love is the musical highlight of the film.

Until That's Entertainment II, Ziegfeld Follies was the only film in which Fred Astaire got to dance with Gene Kelly. Although Astaire has a few numbers here, this is Kelly's only appearance. They do George and Ira Gershwin's The Babbitt and the Bromide which Astaire did with his sister Adele back in the Twenties. It's not the best work for either of them, still it's a twice in a lifetime treat.

Films like Ziegfeld Follies can never be done again because the studios that had all that talent under contract are gone. But Arthur Freed shot almost double the amount of numbers and many things were cut. I think it would be great if we could get the footage restored if MGM bothered to save it.

A director's cut Ziegfeld Follies. To really fill your day with the magic of a Ziegfeld show.

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