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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Gene Kelly
as Gentleman
Fred Astaire
as Himself/Raffles
Judy Garland
as The Star
Lucille Ball
as Herself
Van Johnson
as Guest
Keenan Wynn
as Caller
Hume Cronyn
as Monty
Lucille Bremer
as Princess
William Powell
as Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.
Victor Moore
as Lawyer's Client
Cyd Charisse
as Dance Specialty
Edward Arnold
as Lawyer
Robert Lewis
as Chinese Gentleman/Telephone Voice
Audrey Totter
as Telephone Operator
Lena Horne
as Herself
Red Skelton
as J. Newton Numbskull
Fanny Brice
as Norma
Ray Teal
as Subway Policeman
Robert Ames
as Masked Man
James King
as Rooster
Sam Flint
as Majordomo's Assistant
Jack Regas
as Masked Man
Joseph Crehan
as Judge No. 1
Eddie Dunn
as Subway Policeman
Harry Hayden
as Warden
Rex Evans
as Butler
Arthur J. Walsh
as Telegraph Boy
William B. Davidson
as Judge No. 2
Noreen Nash
as Ziegfeld Girl
Charles Coleman
as Majordomo
Garry Owen
as Subway Policeman
Eugene Loring
as Costermonger
Elaine Shepard
as Ziegfeld Girl
James Melton
as Alfredo
George Hill
as Subway Policeman
Helen Boyce
as Countess
Karin [Katharine] Booth
as Ziegfeld Girl
Aina Constant
as Ziegfeld Girl
Robert Wayne
as Dyspeptic
Eve Whitney
as Ziegfeld Girl
Lucille Casey
as Ziegfeld Girl
Count Stefanelli
as The Duke
Natalie Draper
as Ziegfeld Girl
Aileen Haley
as Ziegfeld Girl
Helen O'Hara
as Ziegfeld Girl
Naomi Childers
as Duchess
Marion Bell
as Soprano
Helen Boice
as The Countess
Charles Lunard
as Masked Man
Dorothy Van Nuys
as Ziegfeld Girl
Marian Bell
as Violetta
Shirlee Howard
as Ziegfeld Girl
Frances Donelan
as Ziegfeld Girl
Sid Gordon
as Masked Man
Harriet Lee
as Bar Singer
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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 1, 2010

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

...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

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Full Review… | January 2, 2012
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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

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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