Ziegfeld Follies (film)

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Ziegfeld Follies
ZiegfeldFollies.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLemuel Ayers
Roy Del Ruth
Robert Lewis
Vincente Minnelli
Merrill Pye
George Sidney
Charles Walters
Produced byArthur Freed
Written byCharles Walters
StarringFred Astaire
Lucille Ball
Lucille Bremer
Fanny Brice
Judy Garland
Kathryn Grayson
Lena Horne
Gene Kelly
James Melton
Victor Moore
Red Skelton
Esther Williams
William Powell
Edward Arnold
Marion Bell
Cyd Charisse
Hume Cronyn
William Frawley
Robert Lewis
Virginia O'Brien
Keenan Wynn
Music byRoger Edens
Lennie Hayton
Conrad Salinger
CinematographyGeorge Folsey
Merrill Pye
Jack Martin Smith
Editing byAlbert Akst
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release datesAugust 13, 1945 (1945-08-13) (world premiere, Boston)
Running time110 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$3,403,000[1][2]
Box office$5,344,000[1]
 
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Ziegfeld Follies
ZiegfeldFollies.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLemuel Ayers
Roy Del Ruth
Robert Lewis
Vincente Minnelli
Merrill Pye
George Sidney
Charles Walters
Produced byArthur Freed
Written byCharles Walters
StarringFred Astaire
Lucille Ball
Lucille Bremer
Fanny Brice
Judy Garland
Kathryn Grayson
Lena Horne
Gene Kelly
James Melton
Victor Moore
Red Skelton
Esther Williams
William Powell
Edward Arnold
Marion Bell
Cyd Charisse
Hume Cronyn
William Frawley
Robert Lewis
Virginia O'Brien
Keenan Wynn
Music byRoger Edens
Lennie Hayton
Conrad Salinger
CinematographyGeorge Folsey
Merrill Pye
Jack Martin Smith
Editing byAlbert Akst
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release datesAugust 13, 1945 (1945-08-13) (world premiere, Boston)
Running time110 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$3,403,000[1][2]
Box office$5,344,000[1]

Ziegfeld Follies is a 1946 Hollywood musical comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and directed by Lemuel Ayers, Roy Del Ruth, Robert Lewis, Vincente Minnelli, Merrill Pye, George Sidney and Charles Walters. It stars many of MGM leading talents, including Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Lucille Bremer, Fanny Brice (the only member of the ensemble who was a star of the original Follies), Judy Garland, Kathryn Grayson, Lena Horne, Gene Kelly, James Melton, Victor Moore, William Powell, Red Skelton, and Esther Williams.

Producer Arthur Freed wanted to create a film along the lines of the Ziegfeld Follies Broadway shows and so the film is composed of a sequence of unrelated lavish musical numbers and comedy sketches. Filmed in 1944, '45 and '46,[3] it was released in 1946, to considerable critical and box-office success.

The film was entered into the 1947 Cannes Film Festival.[4]

Key songs/dance routines[edit]

Dance director was Robert Alton, Astaire's second-most-frequent choreographic collaborator after Hermes Pan. All of Astaire's numbers were directed by Vincente Minnelli.

Reception[edit]

The New York Times ; "The film's best numbers [-] are a couple of comedy skits, especially one done by Red Skelton. Fanny Brice plays a Bronx hausfrau quite [-] funnily. Judy Garland is also amusing as a movie queen giving an interview. Ziegfeld Follies is entertaining - and that's what it's meant to be!" (Bosley Crowther).

Newsweek ; "At least three of the numbers would highlight any review on stage and screen. In A Great Lady has an Interview, Judy Garland, with six leading men, displays an unexpected flair for occupational satire. With Numbers Please Keenan Wynn demonstrates, once again, that he is one of Hollywood's foremost comedians. But the dance act for the archives is The Babbitt and the Bromide [-] Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly trade taps and double-takes to a photo finish. "[5]

Box Office[edit]

According to MGM records the film earned $3,569,000 in the US and Canada and $1,775,000 - but because of its large cost incurred a loss to the studio of $269,000.[1]

Awards[edit]

1947 Cannes Film Festival Best Musical Comedy (Prix du meilleure comédie musicale) Won[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ HOLLYWOOD 'TAKES': METRO PLANS BI-ANNUAL MOVIE EDITIONS OF 'ZIEGFELD FOLLIES' -- OTHER NOTES By FRED STANLEYHOLLYWOOD.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 09 Jan 1944: X3.
  3. ^ The Films of Judy Garland, Joe Morella and Edward Epstein, p. 132
  4. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Ziegfeld Follies". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-01-06. 
  5. ^ The Films of Judy Garland, Joe Morella and Edward Epstein, p.134
  6. ^ Staff. "Ziegfeld Follies - Awards". Amazon.com. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 

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