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Ziegfeld Follies (1945) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by Merrill Pye and Lemuel Ayers and produced by Arthur Freed.

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Ziegfeld Follies (1946)

By Cameron on Oct 28, 2015 From The Blonde At The Film

via: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/96661/Ziegfeld-Follies/#tcmarcp-159247 ?Unless otherwise noted, all images are my own. Ziegfeld Follies?is a Technicolor explosion of MGM’s talent and stunningly over-the-top production values. Originally intended to premiere in 1944 as part of MGM’s 2... Read full article


Ziegfeld Follies (1946)

By Cameron on Oct 28, 2015 From The Blonde At The Film

via: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/96661/Ziegfeld-Follies/#tcmarcp-159247 ?Unless otherwise noted, all images are my own. Ziegfeld Follies?is a Technicolor explosion of MGM’s talent and stunningly over-the-top production values. Originally intended to premiere in 1944 as part of MGM’s 2... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: ZIEGFELD FOLLIES (1945)

By Jennifer Garlen on Jul 9, 2013 From Virtual Virago

Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. and his legacy captivated Hollywood, especially once the rise of the talkies made Ziegfeld style entertainments possible onscreen. Most classic Hollywood musicals opt for a narrative framework to hold their production numbers together, but others, like Ziegfeld Follies (1945), ... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: ZIEGFELD FOLLIES (1945)

By Jennifer Garlen on Jul 9, 2013 From Virtual Virago

Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. and his legacy captivated Hollywood, especially once the rise of the talkies made Ziegfeld style entertainments possible onscreen. Most classic Hollywood musicals opt for a narrative framework to hold their production numbers together, but others, like Ziegfeld Follies (1945), ... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: ZIEGFELD FOLLIES (1945)

By Jennifer Garlen on Jul 9, 2013 From Virtual Virago

Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. and his legacy captivated Hollywood, especially once the rise of the talkies made Ziegfeld style entertainments possible onscreen. Most classic Hollywood musicals opt for a narrative framework to hold their production numbers together, but others, like Ziegfeld Follies (1945), ... Read full article


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[first lines]
Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.: Ah... Saturday, September twenty fifth. Another heavenly day. Ah, yes. Always a heavenly day.


Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.: Children play with the dreams of tomorrow. And old men play with the memories of yesterday.


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The machine producing the bubbles for the finale was responsible for one of the greatest filming fiascoes in movie history. On the first day of filming the finale, the gas produced by the bubbles caused Vincente Minnelli's cameraman to faint, on top of a forty foot lift. While Minnelli struggled to stop his cameraman from falling, the bubbles continued to pour from the machine to such an extent that the fire brigade was called to turn it off. Even with the machine under control, the gas from the bubbles was a constant hazard. James Melton filmed with a wet handkerchief in his mouth to protect himself!
A comic ditty written by George and Ira Gershwin, "The Babbitt and the Bromide", sung, spoken and danced by Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, was originally performed in the 1927 Broadway musical 'Funny Face' by Fred and his sister Adele Astaire.
Broadway's "Ziegfeld Follies of 1936" had employed two members of its creative team who later would collaborate on the MGM film. Vincente Minnelli received credit as Scenic Designer of the stage show, plus additional credit as Costume Designer for two numbers written by Vernon Duke (music) and Ira Gershwin (lyrics): "Island in the West Indies," sung by Gertrude Niesen and danced by Josephine Baker; and "Sentimental Weather," sung and danced by June Preisser, her sister Cherry Preisser and Duke McHale. The movie's Dance Director, Robert Alton, had choreographed the 1936 Broadway "Follies."
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