Discovery by Flo Ziegfeld changes a girl's life but not necessarily for the better, as three beautiful women find out when they join the spectacle on Broadway: Susan, the singer who must ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Stewart ... Gilbert Young
Judy Garland ... Susan Gallagher
Hedy Lamarr ... Sandra Kolter
Lana Turner ... Sheila Regan
Tony Martin ... Frank Merton
Jackie Cooper ... Jerry Regan
Ian Hunter ... Geoffrey Collis
Charles Winninger ... 'Pop' Gallagher
Edward Everett Horton ... Noble Sage
Philip Dorn ... Franz Kolter
Paul Kelly ... John Slayton
Eve Arden ... Patsy Dixon
Dan Dailey ... Jimmy Walters (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
Al Shean ... Al
Fay Holden ... Mrs. Regan


Discovery by Flo Ziegfeld changes a girl's life but not necessarily for the better, as three beautiful women find out when they join the spectacle on Broadway: Susan, the singer who must leave behind her ageing vaudevillian father; vulnerable Sheila, the working girl pursued both by a millionaire and by her loyal boyfriend from Flatbush; and the mysterious European beauty Sandra, whose concert violinist husband cannot endure the thought of their escaping from poverty by promenading her glamor in skimpy costumes. Written by Michael Meigs <>

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The triumph that tops "The Great Ziegfeld" is here at last! A pageant of stars and song...girls and grandeur...that opens a world of new show wonders! See more »


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Favorite film of Esther Williams. See more »


[first lines]
Noble Sage: Girls, girls, girls.
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Featured in That's Entertainment! (1973) See more »


(1920) (uncredited)
Music by John Schonberger
Lyrics by Malvin Schonberger
Played as dance music at the Palais Royale restaurant and sung by Bill Days, John Rarig and Max Smith
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A Backstage Musical Soaper
3 June 2005 | by gftbiloxiSee all my reviews

Lana Turner, Heddy Lamar, and Judy Garland get into the Ziegfeld Follies and promptly go to pot in this backstage soaper about the pitfalls of celebrity.

Lana is a saucy elevator operator who aspires to marry Jimmy Stewart--until a Ziegfeld talent scout sweeps her up. She soon turns into a fast-living, mean-tempered lush. Heddy accompanies violinist husband Philip Dorn to an audition; he doesn't get the job, but she gets snatched up to become a beauty queen. Offended by her admirers, Heddy's husband believes she is unfaithful and leaves her. Judy has worked her way up through the ranks of show business and is hired for her way with a song--but Ziegfeld doesn't want to the hire other half of her act, Judy's father Charles Winninger. How can she desert her father?

To say the actors are typecast is a gross understatement, and in truth Heddy is merely there for decoration and Judy tucked into the film for the occasional musical number. The film really belongs to Lana Turner, who--although somewhat wooden--has the most interesting role of the three, and to James Stewart, who like Lana is a good boy gone bad. Will Lana and Jimmy reform and get back together? Will Heddy be able to convince Philip that her love is true? Will Judy's father ever forgive her? Even though the movie is hokey and a bit overlong, it is still rather fun to watch--and such numbers as "Minnie From Trinidad" are lots of fun. But this is not one of MGM's great musicals by any stretch of the imagination, and it is pretty much for die-hard musical fans only.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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25 April 1941 (USA) See more »

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Ziegfeld Girl See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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