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Ziegfeld Follies

Fred Astaire  Actor Lucille Ball  Actor Lucille Bremer  Actor Fanny Brice  Actor Judy Garland  Actor Gene Kelly  Actor

MPAA Rating: NR

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Ziegfeld Follies

UPC: 012569678590

Studio: Warner Home Video

MPAA Rating: NR   Contains:null

Summary: The presence of William Powell as legendary showman Flo Ziegfeld at the beginning of Ziegfeld Follies might lead an impressionable viewer from thinking that this 1946 film is a Technicolor sequel to the 1936 Oscar-winning The Great Ziegfeld. Not so: this is more in the line of an all-star revue, much like such early talkies as Hollywood Revue of 1929 and Paramount on Parade. We meet a grayed, immaculately garbed Ziegfeld in Paradise (his daily diary entry reads "Another heavenly day"), where he looks down upon the world and muses over the sort of show he'd be putting on were he still alive. Evidently Ziegfeld's shade has something of a celestial conduit to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios, since his "dream" show is populated almost exclusively by MGM stars. Vincente Minnelli is given sole directorial credit at the beginning of the film, though many of the individual "acts" were helmed by other hands. The Bunin puppets offer a tableau depicting anxious theatregoers piling into a Broadway theatre, as well as caricatures of Ziegfeld's greatest stars. The opening number, "Meet the Ladies", spotlights a whip-wielding (!) Lucille Ball, a bevy of chorus girls dressed as panthers, and, briefly, Margaret O'Brien. Kathryn Grayson and "The Ziegfeld Girls" perform "There's Beauty Everywhere." Victor Moore and Edward Arnold show up in an impressionistically staged adaptation of the comedy chestnut "Pay the Two Dollars". Fred Astaire and Lucille Bremer (a teaming which evidently held high hopes for MGM) dance to the tune of "This Heart is Mine." "Number Please" features Keenan Wynn in an appallingly unfunny rendition of an old comedy sketch (performed far better as "Alexander 2222" in Abbott and Costello's Who Done It?) Lena Horne, strategically placed in the film at a juncture that could be edited out in certain racist communities, sings "Love". Red Skelton stars in the film's comedy highlight, "When Television Comes"-which is actually Skelton's classic "Guzzler's Gin" routine (this sequence was filmed late in 1944, just before Red's entry into the armed services). Astaire and Bremer return for a lively rendition of "Limehouse Blues". Judy Garland, lampooning every Hollywood glamour queen known to man, stops the show with "The Interview". Even better is the the historical one-time-only teaming of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly in "The Babbitt and the Bromide". The excellence of these sequence compensate for the mediocrity of "The Sweepstakes Ticket", wherein Fanny Brice screams her way through a dull comedy sketch with Hume Cronyn (originally removed from the US prints of Ziegfeld Follies, this sequence was restored for television). Excised from the final release print (pared down to 110 minutes, from a monumental 273 minutes!) was Judy Garland's rendition of "Liza", a duet featuring Garland and Mickey Rooney, and a "Baby Snooks" sketch featuring Fanny Brice, Hanley Stafford and B. S. Pully. A troubled and attenuated production, Ziegfeld Follies proved worth the effort when the film rang up a $2 million profit. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Category: Musical

Awards: Best Musical Comedy – Cannes Film Festival

Features: cc New featurette Ziegfeld Follies, An embrassment of Riches vintage Crime Does not Pay short The Luckiest Guy in the

Ziegfeld Follies

Format: DVD

Release Date: 04/25/2006

Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Pre-1954 Standard

Audio: DD2 Dolby Digital Stereo

Runtime: 117 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English

Subtitles: English,French,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Disc #1 -- Ziegfeld Follies
1. Overture [5:15]
2. Credits [2:17]
3. Heavenly Memories [5:36]
4. One More Follies [1:23]
5. Here's to the Girls [5:52]
6. Bring on Those Wonderful Men [2:27]
7. A Water Ballet [3:22]
8. Numbear Please [7:51]
9. Libiamo From La Traviata [3:30]
10. Pay the Two Dollars [8:04]
11. This Heart of Mine [12:06]
12. A Sweepstakes Ticket [10:01]
13. Love [4:44]
14. When Television Comes [5:35]
15. Limehouse Blues [13:38]
16. An Interview [10:28]
17. The Babbitt and the Bromide [7:17]
18. There's Beauty Everywhere [5:08]
19. Exit Music [2:47]

Craig Butler

Revues are a tricky thing o pull off on film (which is why most producers try to hedge their bets but tacking a plot onto a filmed revue, thereby making it satisfying neither as revue nor as a scripted show), but Ziegfeld Follies manages it beautifully. That's not to say it is by any means perfect, for there are definitely some "lows" mixed in with the "highs." But that's the nature of the revue format. It's also true that what one person considers a "low" may very likely be a "high" for another, and vice versa. But it's pretty safe to say that among Ziegfeld's definite highs are the sensational "Limehouse Blues," in which Fred Astaire and Lucille Bremer dance a tragic little tale amid some of the most sensational purples, blues and greens the screen has ever seen; "The Great Lady Give san Interview," in which Judy Garland is given the opportunity to demonstrate her flair for satirical comedy; Red Skelton's comedic gin routine (in some ways a forerunner of Lucille Ball's legendary "Viteameatavegemin" routine); and Lena Horne, shockingly beautiful, singing a sizzling "Love." If "The Babbitt and the Bromide" is not one of the highs, it's because too much is expected of it as the only (real) onscreen pairing of Astaire and Gene Kelly; it's quite entertaining, but one wants more fireworks from this once-in-a-lifetime event. Low points include an anemic comedy skit with Keenan Wynn and an excerpt from "Traviata" that is very well sung but feels out of place. And occupying a position all its own is the "Meet the Ladies" number -- that position secured by the surreal and curious image of a stunning Ball snapping a whip at cat-clad ladies of the chorus. Ziegfeld is lavisha nd filled with eye candy of all sorts; if it's closer in spirit to a tribute to MGM than to the legendary showman, it's still darn good entertainment. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Eddie Cantor  Screenwriter 
Eugene Loring  Screenwriter 
Kay Thompson  Composer (Music Score) 
Kay Thompson  Screenwriter 
Robert Alton  Screenwriter 
John Murray Anderson  Screenwriter 
Ralph Blane  Composer (Music Score) 
Ralph Blane  Screenwriter 
Guy Bolton  Screenwriter 
Allen Boretz  Screenwriter 
Irving Brecher  Screenwriter 
Earl K. Brent  Composer (Music Score) 
Eric Charell  Screenwriter 
Harry Crane  Screenwriter 
Roy Del Ruth  Director 
Roger Edens  Composer (Music Score) 
Roger Edens  Screenwriter 
Arthur Freed  Composer (Music Score) 
Arthur Freed  Producer 
Devery Freeman  Screenwriter 
Ira Gershwin  Composer (Music Score) 
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg  Screenwriter 
Max Liebman  Screenwriter 
Don Loper  Screenwriter 
Wilkie Mahoney  Screenwriter 
Hugh Martin  Composer (Music Score) 
Hugh Martin  Screenwriter 
Jack McGowan  Screenwriter 
Vincente Minnelli  Director 
James O'Hanlon  Screenwriter 
Samson Raphaelson  Screenwriter 
Philip Rapp  Screenwriter 
Joseph Schrank  Screenwriter 
Frank Sullivan  Screenwriter 
Norman Taurog  Director 
Harry Tugend  Screenwriter 
Charles Walters  Director 
Charles Walters  Screenwriter 
Harry Warren  Composer (Music Score) 
Edgar Allan Woolf  Screenwriter 
David Freedman  Screenwriter 
Everett Freeman  Screenwriter 
Lemuel Ayers  Director 
Lemuel Ayers  Screenwriter 
William Noble  Screenwriter 
George Sidney  Director 
Robert Lewis  Director 
Robert Lewis  Screenwriter 
Lou Holtz  Screenwriter 
Al Lewis  Screenwriter 
Fred Astaire  Actor 
Lucille Ball  Actor 
Lucille Bremer  Actor 
Fanny Brice  Actor 
Judy Garland  Actor 
Gene Kelly  Actor 
William Powell  Actor 
Kathryn Grayson  Actor 
Lena Horne  Actor 
James Melton  Actor 
Victor Moore  Actor 
Red Skelton  Actor 
Esther Williams  Actor 
Edward Arnold  Actor 
Bunin's Puppets  Actor 
Cyd Charisse  Actor 
Hume Cronyn  Actor 
William Frawley  Actor 
Robert Lewis  Actor 
Virginia O'Brien  Actor 
Karin [Katharine] Booth  Actor 
Lucille Casey  Actor 
Natalie Draper  Actor 
Jimmy Durante  Actor 
James King  Actor 
Avon Long  Actor 
Jack Regas  Actor 
Elaine Shepard  Actor 
Eve Whitney  Actor 
Ziegfeld Girls  Actor 
Noreen Nash  Actor 
Helen O'Hara  Actor 
Aina Constant  Actor 
Aileen Haley  Actor 
Marion Bell  Actor 
Helen Boice  Actor 
Elise Cavanna  Actor 
Feodor Chaliapin, Jr.  Actor 
Naomi Childers  Actor 
Charles Coleman  Actor 
Joseph Crehan  Actor 
William B. Davidson  Actor 
Eddie Dunn  Actor 
Rex Evans  Actor 
Sam Flint  Actor 
Harry Hayden  Actor 
George Hill  Actor 
Van Johnson  Actor 
Peter Lawford  Actor 
Eugene Loring  Actor 
Garry Owen  Actor 
Count Stefanelli  Actor 
Grady Sutton  Actor 
Ray Teal  Actor 
Audrey Totter  Actor 
Arthur Walsh  Actor 
Robert Wayne  Actor 
Kay Williams  Actor 

Country: USA