The Goldwyn Follies (1938)





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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 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.
Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
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Samuel Goldwyn Company


Adolphe Menjou
as Oliver Merlin
Andrea Leeds
as Hazel Dawes
Vera Zorina
as Olga Samara
Helen Jenson
as Leona Jerome
Helen Jepson
as Leona Jerome
Kenny Baker
as Danny Beecher
Phil Baker
as Michael Day
Ella Logan
as Glory Wood
Bobby Clark
as A. Basil Crane Jr.
Jerome Cowan
as Lawrence
Frank Shields
as Assistant Director
Edgar Bergen
as Himself
Joseph Crehan
as Theater Manager
Frank Mills
as Prop Man
Walter Sande
as Westinghouse
Alan Ladd
as Auditioning Singer
Gloria Youngblood
as Goldwyn Girl
Kenny Baker
as Danny Beecher
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Full Review… | May 12, 2009

A musical pretense that's meant to satisfy the average joes.

Full Review… | February 20, 2006
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Audience Reviews for The Goldwyn Follies

Breathtaking Technicolor can't overcome this virtually plotless musical with extremely annoying turns from The Ritz Brothers and opera diva Helen Jepson; only redeeming factor is the Gershwin score (George's last) that includes "Love Is Here to Stay" and "Love Walked In" (which is sung @800 times by Kenny Baker).

Michael Troudt
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