Ziegfeld Follies (1946) - Rotten Tomatoes

Ziegfeld Follies (1946)

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In this film, we meet the legendary showman Flo Ziegfeld in Paradise, where he looks down upon the world and muses over the sort of show he'd be putting on were he still alive. His "dream" show is populated almost exclusively by MGM stars.

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Cast

Fred Astaire
as Himself/Raffles
Judy Garland
as The Star
Gene Kelly
as Gentleman
William Powell
as Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.
Lena Horne
as Herself
Red Skelton
as J. Newton Numbskull
Lucille Ball
as Herself
Victor Moore
as Lawyer's Client
Cyd Charisse
as Dance Specialty
James Melton
as Alfredo
Robert Lewis
as Chinese Gentleman/Telephone Voice
Marian Bell
as Violetta
Helen Boyce
as Countess
Robert Wayne
as Dyspeptic
Charles Coleman
as Majordomo
Sam Flint
as Majordomo's Assistant
Shirlee Howard
as Ziegfeld Girl
Natalie Draper
as Ziegfeld Girl
Noreen Nash
as Ziegfeld Girl
Dorothy Van Nuys
as Ziegfeld Girl
Lucille Casey
as Ziegfeld Girl
Eve Whitney
as Ziegfeld Girl
Elaine Shepard
as Ziegfeld Girl
Marion Bell
as Soprano
Frances Donelan
as Ziegfeld Girl
Helen O'Hara
as Ziegfeld Girl
Helen Boice
as The Countess
Aina Constant
as Ziegfeld Girl
Aileen Haley
as Ziegfeld Girl
Rex Evans
as Butler
Arthur J. Walsh
as Telegraph Boy
Ray Teal
as Subway Policeman
Joseph Crehan
as Judge No. 1
Eddie Dunn
as Subway Policeman
Garry Owen
as Subway Policeman
George Hill
as Subway Policeman
Charles Lunard
as Masked Man
Robert Ames
as Masked Man
Jack Regas
as Masked Man
Sid Gordon
as Masked Man
James King
as Rooster
Eugene Loring
as Costermonger
Harriet Lee
as Bar Singer
Audrey Totter
as Telephone Operator
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Critic Reviews for Ziegfeld Follies

All Critics (8)

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

Though not one of Minnelli (or MGM's) best musicals, this pastice is worth seeing for the dancing of Astarire and Kelly (the first and only time), Fanny Brice's shtick, and Judy Garland satirizing Greer Garson

Full Review… | September 19, 2006
EmanuelLevy.Com

...an elaborate showcase for the exceptional musical and comedy talents of MGM's biggest stars, with no messy story line or characterizations getting in the way.

Full Review… | April 25, 2006
Movie Metropolis

Some of the performances are standouts, but just as many are utter duds.

April 24, 2006
Filmcritic.com

Technically it's magnificent overkill, from Minnelli's swooping crane shots to the turning, floating 'Hello Dali!' carnival-wedding-cake scenic design to the intense Technicolor that burned holes in retinas.

Full Review… | April 23, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Ziegfeld Follies

MGM's all-star revue spared no expense in showing off the studio's gallery of stars in lush, Technicolor settings; the film ranges from the sublime ("This Heart of Mine" and "Limehouse Blues," both danced by Fred Astaire & Lucille Bremer; "The Great Lady Gives an Interview" with Judy Garland; "Love" with Lena Horne) to the silly (a brace of hoary old vaudeville sketches and Kathryn Grayson singing the finale, "There's Beauty Everywhere.")

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt
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.

Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda

Super Reviewer

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 V

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