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Release Date:
8 April 1946 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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)
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:
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:
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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Movie Connections:
Featured in "MGM Parade: Episode #1.8" (1955)See more »
Soundtrack:
LoveSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A MGM Masterpiece, 1 February 2012
Author: juanandrichard from United States

I have enjoyed reading the various postings about this movie, but found it somewhat depressing to find so many viewers have been obviously conditioned by present day "standards of talent." (and by that I mean there is no one today to fill the shoes of these musical giants). Speaking for myself, this was quite an amazing achievement in the form it was meant to be -- a "Review" -- not a musical with a storyline -- and I think it is only fair to judge it on those terms, rather than what you wished it would be. My opinion: most of the comedy numbers were OK, but one should remember that these numbers were directed at a 1946 audience, who appreciated this kind of gentle humor more than present day viewers. As for the musical numbers -- I don't think MGM ever mounted anything as lavish and, in particular, "This Heart of Mine". One posting said the storyline didn't make any sense (it certainly did to me), and more than one decried the inadequacy of Lucille Bremer as a dancer. Lucille Bremer was not only beautiful, but was an excellent dancer and for me, they were perfect together. "Limehouse Blues" (filmed on the "Dorian Gray" set) is one for the history books. Judy Garland looked beautiful and, in an early example, showed what a terrific range she possessed. The Technicolor was magnificent. By the way, contrary to what was posted, this was one of MGM's highest grosses of he 1940s.

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