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The Goldwyn Follies (1938)

Movie producer chooses a simple girl to be "Miss Humanity" and to critically evalute his movies from the point of view of the ordinary person. Hit song: "Love Walked In."

Directors:

George Marshall, H.C. Potter (uncredited)

Writers:

Ben Hecht (story and screen play), Sid Kuller (special sequences: Ritz Brothers) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adolphe Menjou ... Oliver Merlin (as Adolph Menjou)
The Ritz Brothers ... The Ritz Brothers
Vera Zorina ... Olga Samara
Kenny Baker ... Danny Beecher
Andrea Leeds ... Hazel Dawes
Edgar Bergen ... Edgar Bergen
Charlie McCarthy ... Charlie
Helen Jepson ... Leona Jerome
Phil Baker ... Michael Day
Bobby Clark ... A. Basil Crane Jr.
Ella Logan ... Glory Wood
Jerome Cowan ... Director
Charles Kullmann Charles Kullmann ... Alfredo in 'La Traviata'
The American Ballet of the Metropolitan Opera The American Ballet of the Metropolitan Opera ... Ballet Dancers
Nydia Westman ... Ada
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Storyline

Movie producer chooses a simple girl to be "Miss Humanity" and to critically evalute his movies from the point of view of the ordinary person. Hit song: "Love Walked In." Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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And now the aristocrat of the fun shows


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

4 February 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Goldwyn Follies See more »

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Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the last film for George Gershwin, who died before filming had begun. He and his brother Ira Gershwin had been hired to write the songs, which were not yet completed. Composer Vernon Duke took his place and co-wrote "Spring Again" with Ira, as well as the music for "Romeo and Juliet Ballet" and "Water Nymph Ballet." In his autobiography, Duke also claims to have worked on the hit song "Love Is Here to Stay." See more »

Goofs

Stage hands' shadows can be seen throwing out cats, during the Ritz Brothers' "Pussycat Song" number. See more »

Quotes

Oliver Merlin: I'm a producer of movies. I get my wagonloads of poets and dramatists, but I can't buy common sense - I cannot buy humanity!
Hazel Dawes: Well, I don't know why, Mr. Merlin. There's an awful lot of it.
Oliver Merlin: Yes, I know, but the moment I buy it, it turns into something else, usually genius, and it isn't worth a dime. Now, if you could stay just as simple as your are, you'd be invaluable to me. I'll put you on my staff. I'll give you a title, "Miss Humanity". Don't rush, you can finish your ice cream soda.
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Connections

Referenced in Fantasia (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Spring Again
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Vernon Duke
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Sung by Kenny Baker
Reprised by him in the final movie scene
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Gershwin, Vera Zorina... what's not to like about this film?
8 August 2003 | by DeborahPainter855See all my reviews

A sweet romance, good character actors, vivid Technicolor, a little behind-the-scenes work at a major studio, and great songs make this a pleasant way to spend two hours. It's also interesting historically because it marks the transition between the end (for only a few decades, thankfully) of tap and the beginning of ballet in film musicals.


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