The Great Ziegfeld

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In MGM's three-hour-plus The Great Ziegfeld, William Powell stars as the titular theatrical impresario, whose show business empire begins when he stage-manages a tour for legendary strongman Sandow Nat Pendleton. With nary a penny in the bank, he charms European stage star Anna Held Luise Rainer to headline his "Follies," and later marries the luscious Ms. Held. From 1907 onward, Ziegfeld stages annual editions of Broadway's most fabulous revue, dedicated to "Glorifying the American Girl" but also giving ample ...
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In MGM's three-hour-plus The Great Ziegfeld, William Powell stars as the titular theatrical impresario, whose show business empire begins when he stage-manages a tour for legendary strongman Sandow Nat Pendleton. With nary a penny in the bank, he charms European stage star Anna Held Luise Rainer to headline his "Follies," and later marries the luscious Ms. Held. From 1907 onward, Ziegfeld stages annual editions of Broadway's most fabulous revue, dedicated to "Glorifying the American Girl" but also giving ample time to develop the comic talents of Fanny Brice played by herself, Will Rogers, Eddie Cantor and many others. Eventually, Ziegfeld abandons Ms. Held in favor of other beauties, setting the stage for the "telephone scene" which won Luise Rainer the first of her Oscars.
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All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
The Great Ziegfeld manages to combine an interesting story with spectacular production numbers, something that MGM musicals of the early sound era achieved on only an occasional basis. William Powell is fine as Florenz Ziegfeld, but it is Best Actress Oscar winner Louise Rainer who shines as Anna Held. Among the film's several pleasures are seeing real-life performers from the Ziegfeld era playing themselves, particularly Fanny Brice, later immortalized by Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl. Despite its 176-minute running time, The Great Ziegfeld maintains interest between its superb musical production numbers. At a time when the studio system dominated the film industry, MGM was all too happy to prove over and over again that it led the pack when it came to class projects.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/21/1994
  • UPC: 027616053831
  • Original Release: 1936
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Powell Florenz Ziegfeld
Myrna Loy Billie Burke
Luise Rainer Anna Held
Frank Morgan Billings
Fanny Brice Herself
Virginia Bruce Audrey Lane
Reginald Owen Sampston
Ray Bolger Himself
Ernest Cossart Sidney
Joseph Cawthorn Dr. Ziegfeld
Nat Pendleton Sandow
Harriet Hoctor Herself
Jean Chatburn Mary Lou
Paul Irving Erlanger
Herman Bing Schutz
Charles Judels Pierre
Marcelle Corday Marie
Raymond Walburn Sage
A.A. Trimble Will Rogers
Buddy Doyle Eddie Cantor
Suzanne Kaaren Miss Blair
Joan Holland Patricia Ziegfeld
Franklyn Ardell Allen
Jack Baxley Detective
Ray Brown Inspector Doyle
David Burns Clarence
James P. Burtis Bill
Wallis Clark Broker
Clay Clement
Charles Coleman Carriage Starter
Adrienne D'Ambricourt Wife of French Ambassador
Mickey Daniels Telegraph Boy
Sarah Edwards Wardrobe Woman
Leon Errol Himself
Charles Fallon French Ambassador
Susan Fleming Girl with Sage
William M. Griffith Husband
Bert Hanlon Jim
Grace Hayle Wife
Boothe Howard Willie Zimmerman
Mary Howard Miss Carlisle
John Hyams Dave Stamper
Selmar Jackson Customer
Alfred P. James Stage Door Man
Alice Keating Alice
John Larkin Sam
Rosina Lawrence Sally Manners [uncredited]
Edwin Maxwell Charles Froman
Esther Muir Prima Donna
Pat Nixon Extra
Phil Tead Press Agent
Richard Tucker
Lawrence Wheat
Eric Wilton Desk Clerk
Stanley Morner
Evelyn Dockson Fat Woman
Billie Burke
William Demarest Gene Buck
Ruth Gillette Lillian Russell
Gilda Gray Herself
Robert Greig Joe
Mary Lange
Ann Pennington Herself
Charles Trowbridge Julian Mitchell
Dennis Morgan Stage Singer
Technical Credits
Robert Z. Leonard Director, Producer
Harold Adamson Songwriter
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Irving Berlin Songwriter
Henri Christine Songwriter
Con Conrad Songwriter
Buddy G. DeSylva Songwriter
Walter Donaldson Songwriter
Seymour Felix Choreography
George Folsey Cinematographer
Karl W. Freund Cinematographer
Rudolf Friml Songwriter
George Gershwin Songwriter
Merritt B. Gerstad Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
William S. Gray Editor
Eddie Imazu Production Designer
Ray June Cinematographer
Gus Kahn Songwriter
Jerome Kern Songwriter
Art Lange Musical Direction/Supervision
Herb Magidson Songwriter
Oliver Marsh Cinematographer
Tierney and McCarthy Songwriter
Anthony William McGuire Screenwriter
William Anthony McGuire Screenwriter
Joseph Meyer Songwriter
Channing Pollock Songwriter
Vincent Scotto Songwriter
Dave Stamper Songwriter
Hunt Stromberg Producer
Edwin B. Willis Production Designer
Maurice Yvain Songwriter
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Blindingly All-Star and Stunningly Brilliant!

    'The Great Ziegfeld' is a biographic musical based upon the life and times of Broadway impresario, Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., the man who 'glorified the American girl'. Determined to squeeze every last ounce of opulence from its coffers, MGM spared no expense in retelling what is essentially a melodrama with musical numbers tossed in for good effect. Flo (William Powell) is a carnival barker to whom success eludes until he crosses paths with lovely European star, Anna Held (Luise Rainer). The chemistry between the two is instant. Through Anna¿s talent as an artist of the stage, fame comes to them both. However, all bliss is fleeting and Anna and Flo¿s marriage ends when Flo takes up with chorus girl, Audrey Dane (Virginia Bruce). Anna believes that a separation from Flo will lead him back to her. But instead he divorces Anna for sassy, Billie Burke (Myrna Loy) and then proceeds to create a series of lavish spectacles that only MGM could afford to do justice to. The most spectacular of these remains 'A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody'; a gargantuan revolving platform covered in dancers and art deco magnificence. Aside: Flo's second wife, Billie was a contract player at MGM during this time and she is largely credited with the idea for creating a film out of the life of her late husband. The DVD transfer of ¿The Great Ziegfeld¿ is surprisingly smooth and very well balanced. Black levels are deep and solid. Unfortunately, there is an excess of age related dirt and scratches throughout. During scenes in which rear projection has been used, there is a considerable amount of fine detail lost and a weakening in the black levels. Shadows and contrast levels are exemplary. The audio has been cleaned up, is well balanced. There are a couple of featurettes that round out the history of the film - all too briefly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great example of thirties musicals

    this movie has lavishing musical numbers. the acting is A+. there is something very sweet and pure about the acting with william powell, luise rainer and myrna loy. i am a great fan of the william powell and myrna loy coupling, and there are charming here too. but myrna loy only appears toward the end of the movie.

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