The Goldwyn Follies

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Package Description: "This lavish musical extravaganza and comedy revue featuring the songs of George and Ira Gershwin, tells the story of an eccentric film producer and his attempt to mount a new hit musical. Featuring favorite Follies stars Edgar Bergen and Charile McCarthy, along with The Ritz Brothers and acclaimed actor Adolphe Menjou, musical numbers were choreographed by the magnificent George Balanchine. THE GOLDWYN FOLLIES is highlighted by such Gershwin favorites as "Love Walked Right In" and "Our Love ...
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Package Description: "This lavish musical extravaganza and comedy revue featuring the songs of George and Ira Gershwin, tells the story of an eccentric film producer and his attempt to mount a new hit musical. Featuring favorite Follies stars Edgar Bergen and Charile McCarthy, along with The Ritz Brothers and acclaimed actor Adolphe Menjou, musical numbers were choreographed by the magnificent George Balanchine. THE GOLDWYN FOLLIES is highlighted by such Gershwin favorites as "Love Walked Right In" and "Our Love is Here To Stay," which have been brought to life with sparkling clarity in digitally remastered stereo surround sound."
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A white elephant in its time, The Goldwyn Follies has improved with age -- but only marginally. Follies is one of those peculiar Hollywood oddities, a film that wants to be a revue but insists on including a wispy storyline to hook the acts together. As in most such cases, the storyline is ridiculous and only serves to bring down the stronger aspects of the film. Unfortunately for Follies, those stronger aspects are not by themselves strong enough to save the whole film. True, there are two gorgeous George and Ira Gershwin classic songs, namely "Loved Walked In" and "Love is Here to Stay," both of which possess truly gorgeous melodies wed to some evocative lyrics. And a couple of other songs are also strong, if not in the same league as those two. There's also the "Water Nymph" ballet, featuring a luminous Vera Zorina, as well as some nifty comedy from Edgar Bergen and puppet pal Charlie McCarthy. But there are also some insufferable antics from the Ritz Brothers, some unnecessary opera segments and lots of wooden acting from Kenny Baker, among others. Throw in that silly plot and the result is a piece that has its high spots, but not enough to make up for its lesser moments.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/31/1998
  • UPC: 026359074622
  • Original Release: 1938
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  • Source: Hbo Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Stereo / Mono
  • Sound: stereo, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adolphe Menjou Oliver Merlin
The Harry] Ritz Brothers [Al, Jimmy Themselves
Vera Zorina Olga Samara
Kenny Baker Danny Beecher
Andrea Leeds Hazel Dawes
Helen Jepson Leona Jerome
Ella Logan Clary Wood
Phil Baker Michael Day
Bobby Clark A. Basil Crane, Jr.
Jerome Cowan Director
Nydia Westman Ada
Charles Kullmann Alfredo
Frank Shields Assistant Director
Edgar Bergen Himself
American Ballet of the Metrop. Opera
Vivian Austin
George Balanchine
Lynne Berkeley
Joseph Crehan Theater Manager
Marjorie Deanne
Roland Drew Igor
Judith Ford
Jane Hamilton
Alan Ladd Auditioning Singer
Dummy: Charlie McCarthy
Frank Mills Prop Man
Walter Sande Westinghouse
Gloria Youngblood Goldwyn Girl
Technical Credits
George Marshall Director
George Balanchine Choreography
Ben Hecht Original Story, Screenwriter
Richard Day Art Director
George Gershwin Score Composer
Ira Gershwin Songwriter
Ray Golden Songwriter
Samuel Goldwyn Producer
George Haight Associate Producer
Omar Kiam Costumes/Costume Designer
Sid Kuller Songwriter
Alfred Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Sam Perrin Screenwriter
Arthur Phillips Screenwriter
Richard Rodgers Score Composer
Sherman Todd Editor
Gregg Toland Cinematographer
Kurt Weill Songwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Main Titles [2:16]
2. Opening Night [1:22]
3. On Location [5:34]
4. Casting Office [4:24]
5. Miss Humanity [5:07]
6. "Romeo and Juliet Ballet" [8:20]
7. "Here, Pussy, Pussy" [12:31]
8. "Love Walked In" [6:01]
9. Writing a Human Script [2:55]
10. Back in the Casting Office [3:20]
11. "Libiam Nei Lieti Calici" [4:49]
12. "Sempre Libere" [5:30]
13. "Love Walked In" [3:17]
14. Olga's Dressing Room [5:34]
15. "Our Love Is Here to Stay" [4:37]
16. "Spring Again" [10:19]
17. "Water Nymph Ballet" [9:22]
18. "Serenade to a Fish" [2:59]
19. "Spring Again" [7:31]
20. "I Love to Rhyme" [8:59]
21. End Credits [:31]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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   Cast
      Oliver Merlin - Adolphe Menjou
         Biography/Filmography
      Olga Samara - Vera Zorina
         Biography/Filmography
      Hazel Dawes - Andrea Leeds
         Biography/Filmography
      Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy
         Biography/Filmography
      The Ritz Brothers
         Biography/Filmography
      Directed by George Marshall
         Biography/Filmography
      Written by Ben Hecht
         Biography/Filmography
   Languages
      English Theatrical Mono
      English Chase Surround Stereo
      Français
      Español
      Italiano
   Subtitles
      English
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