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Goldwyn Follies
     

The Goldwyn Follies

Director: George Marshall

Cast: Adolphe Menjou, The Harry] Ritz Brothers [Al, Jimmy, Vera Zorina

 

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A longtime admirer of Broadway impresario Flo Ziegfeld, Hollywood producer Sam Goldwyn hoped to emulate the success of The Ziegfeld Follies by producing an annual movie-musical revue. Goldwyn's dream began and ended with 1938's Goldwyn Follies, a film centering on Goldwyn-like movie producer Oliver Martin (Adolphe Menjou). It seems that Martin's films

Overview

A longtime admirer of Broadway impresario Flo Ziegfeld, Hollywood producer Sam Goldwyn hoped to emulate the success of The Ziegfeld Follies by producing an annual movie-musical revue. Goldwyn's dream began and ended with 1938's Goldwyn Follies, a film centering on Goldwyn-like movie producer Oliver Martin (Adolphe Menjou). It seems that Martin's films haven't been turning a profit lately, and he wants to find out why by eliciting the advice of the average filmgoer. He makes the acquaintance of pretty Hazel Dawes (Andrea Leeds), who tells Martin that the movies suffer from unbelievable storylines, cliched dialogue and wooden acting. Impressed, Martin hires Hazel as "Miss Humanity," allowing her to judge the merits of his latest production and even to select the cast members. Among Hazel's discoveries are singing hash-slinger Danny Beecher (Kenny Baker), opera diva Leona Jerome (Helen Jepson), and prima ballerina Olga Samara (Vera Zorina). Also hoping to appear in Martin's upcoming epic are ventriloquist Edgar Bergan and his wisecracking dummy Charlie McCarthy, and a trio of zany animal trainers who look, sound and act like the Ritz Brothers.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/14/2015
UPC:
0888574144715
Original Release:
1938
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:56:00
Sales rank:
7,261

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adolphe Menjou Oliver Merlin
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 Actor
Vivian Austin Actor
George Balanchine Actor
Joseph Crehan Theater Manager
Marjorie Deanne Actor
Roland Drew Igor
Jane Hamilton Actor
Dummy: Charlie McCarthy Actor
Frank Mills Prop Man
Walter Sande Westinghouse
Lynne Berkeley Actor
Judith Ford Actor
Gloria Youngblood Goldwyn Girl
Alan Ladd Auditioning Singer

Technical Credits
George Marshall Director
George Balanchine Choreography
Ben Hecht Original Story,Screenwriter
Richard Day Art Director
Ira Gershwin Songwriter
George Gershwin Score Composer
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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Goldwyn Follies
1. Chapter 1 [:00]
2. Chapter 2 [2:02]
3. Chapter 3 [1:22]
4. Chapter 4 [3:17]
5. Chapter 5 [2:16]
6. Chapter 6 [4:24]
7. Chapter 7 [1:32]
8. Chapter 8 [2:49]
9. Chapter 9 [7:57]
10. Chapter 10 [1:07]
11. Chapter 11 [1:58]
12. Chapter 12 [2:54]
13. Chapter 13 [5:29]
14. Chapter 14 [2:10]
15. Chapter 15 [4:02]
16. Chapter 16 [4:54]
17. Chapter 17 [3:20]
18. Chapter 18 [9:19]
19. Chapter 19 [1:00]
20. Chapter 20 [3:17]
21. Chapter 21 [5:34]
22. Chapter 22 [4:02]
23. Chapter 23 [:35]
24. Chapter 24 [3:19]
25. Chapter 25 [:46]
26. Chapter 26 [2:24]
27. Chapter 27 [3:49]
28. Chapter 28 [9:22]
29. Chapter 29 [2:59]
30. Chapter 30 [6:09]
31. Chapter 31 [1:22]
32. Chapter 32 [5:08]
33. Chapter 33 [4:19]
34. Chapter 34 [:00]

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