The Great Ziegfeld (1936) was a Biographical - Drama Film directed by Robert Z. Leonard and produced by Hunt Stromberg and Sidney Algier.
Academy Awards 1936 --- Ceremony Number 9 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actress||Luise Rainer||Won|
|Best Art Direction||Cedric Gibbons, Eddie Imazu, Edwin B. Willis||Nominated|
|Best Director||Robert Z. Leonard||Nominated|
|Best Film Editing||William S. Gray||Nominated|
|Best Writing||William Anthony McGuire||Nominated|
THE GREAT ZIEGFELD BLOGATHON: Flo, Irving, and the Follieson May 14, 2020 From Caftan Woman
Zoe at Hollywood Genes is hosting The Great Ziegfeld Blogathon on May 15 - 17. Follies star Fanny Brice Legendary impresario Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. (1867-1932) was brought up with an appreciation of culture from his Belgium and German immigrant parents. Flo's American roots gave him the energet... Read full article
Musical Monday: The Great Ziegfeld (1936)on Dec 2, 2019 From Comet Over Hollywood
It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: The Great Ziegfeld (1936) ? ... Read full article
The Great Ziegfeld Telephone Scene with Luise RainerBy Amanda Garrett on Jan 3, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films
The late Luise Rainer's most famous moment on screen is this brief scene from The Great Ziegfeld (1936). Rainer plays Anna Held, the common-law wife of Broadway showman Florenz Zeigfeld (William Powell). She literally smiles through her tears while telephoning Ziegfeld to congratulate him on his sec... Read full article
The Great Ziegfeld (1936) (2)By Beatrice on Aug 27, 2013 From Flickers in Time
The Great Ziegfeld Directed by Robert Z. Leonard Written by William Anthony McGuire 1936/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Repeat viewing This extravagant musical biopic won Oscars for Best Production, Best Actress (Louise Ranier), and Best Dance Direction (“A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody”) and ... Read full article
Classic Films in Focus: THE GREAT ZIEGFELD (1936)By Jennifer Garlen on Aug 5, 2013 From Virtual Virago
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard, The Great Ziegfeld (1936) is a lavish musical tribute to the legendary Broadway producer, with all the whistles, bells, and gorgeous girls that Ziegfeld himself could want, even if it does takes certain liberties with the facts of Ziegfeld’s life. Hollywood had a... Read full article
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Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.: Yes, I'm trying to lose weight.
Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.: [after he has hired Jack Billings' valet away from him] Gentlemen never argue about gentlemen's gentlemen.
Anna Held: [on the phone with Ziegfeld after learning of his marriage to Billie Burke] Hello, Flo... Yes. Here's Anna... I'm so happy for you today, I could not help calling you and congratulate you... Wonderful, Flo! Never better in my whole life!... I'm so excited about my new plans! I'm going to Paris... Yes, for a few weeks, and then I can get back, and then I'm doing a new show, and... Oh, it's all so wonderful! I'm so happy!... Yes... And I hope you are happy, too... Yes?... Oh, I'm so glad for you, Flo... Sounds funny for ex-husband and ex-wife to tell how happy they are, oui?... Yes, Flo... Goodbye, Flo... Goodbye...
[She hangs up]
Anna Held: Darling...
[she falls to her bed, sobbing]
Marie: My poor, petite! If you love him so, why did you divorce him?
Anna Held: Because I thought it would bring him back to me. I was sure that it would bring him back to me.
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A.A. Trimble, who portrays Will Rogers in the film, was actually a Cleveland map salesman who frequently impersonated Rogers at Rotarian lunches.
For her famous telephone conversation scene, which is generally credited as being what clinched the Oscar for her, Luise Rainer drew a lot of her material from a play by Jean Cocteau entitled "The Human Voice".
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