Ziegfeld Follies (1946)

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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Robert Lewis, Lemuel Ayers, Charles Walters, Guy Bolton, Eddie Cantor
On DVD: Apr 25, 2006
Runtime:
MGM Home Entertainment

Cast


as Himself/Raffles

as The Star

as Gentleman

as Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.

as Herself

as J. Newton Numbskull

as Herself

as Lawyer's Client

as Ballet Dancer

as Alfredo

as Chinese Gentleman/Te...

as Violetta

as Countess

as Dyspeptic

as Majordomo

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as Ziegfeld Girl

as Ziegfeld Girl

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as Ziegfeld Girl

as Ziegfeld Girl

as Ziegfeld Girl

as Soprano

as Ziegfeld Girl

as The Countess

as Ziegfeld Girl

as Ziegfeld Girl

as The Lieutenant

as Ziegfeld Girl

as Butler

as Telegraph Boy

as Subway Policeman

as Judge No. 1

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as Masked Man

as Masked Man

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as Rooster

as Costermonger

as Bar Singer

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Critic Reviews for Ziegfeld Follies

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | January 29, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A spangled hodgepodge, conjured up for the benefit of Powell-Pressburger and Ken Russell

Full Review… | May 2, 2010
CinePassion

Uneven anthology with some great Minnelli musical numbers.

Full Review… | July 18, 2009
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for Ziegfeld Follies

½

As it says in the movie, "Ziegfeld never cared so much about villains, plot, stories. The Ziegfeld Follies was itself a story of an era". So, while it doesn't offer anything in terms of narrative, this is a priceless document that gathers some of the biggest stars of the 40's, luminaries who have become celluloid icons. Sadly, the real star power (Judy Garland, Gene Kelly) appears too late into the picture, after an hour and a half of random musical numbers, dance sequences and comedic skits. So much style and so little substance does get tiresome after a while and, while the film's visually dazzling, it's also unbearably campy and over-the-top. Of course it didn't seem that way 60 years ago, but some bits are incredibly racist and/or offensive. See only for Garland's "The Great Lady Has An Interview" number and the amazing pairing of two of dance's biggest legends, Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire in "The Babbitt And The Bromide". Then again, you could watch those two clips on YouTube and save yourself the boredom.

This movie doesn't exactly have a story, it's more of a showcase of song and dance numbers starring many great actors. A nice picture of the Ziegfeld Follies.

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AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

½

watch the musical numbers, skip the rest

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jay nixon

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