Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Musical
The ups and downs of Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., famed producer of extravagant stage revues, are portrayed.
Luise Rainer was the first actress in Academy history to win back-to-back Oscars for Best Actress, for this film in 1936 and The Good Earth (1937) in 1937. Katharine Hepburn repeated the trick in 1967/68.
Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.:
Oh, Sidney, I'm so terribly broke.
Sidney: But sir, isn't Mr. Billings going to help you?
Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.: Sidney, he hasn't a nickel. He was lying to me just to make me feel better. We're both broke.
Sidney: I wouldn't worry about that, sir. You've been broke before, sir.
Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.: Yes, I ...
In the "Rhapsody in Blue" portion of the mammoth "Pretty Girl" number, one of the silver-fringe-and-antlers quartet of dancers gets visibly disoriented when her group does its final moves. She's the second one from the left, and her movements are completely out of sync with the other three until, with a thump, she sits down on the stairs. Since the incredibly complex number was shot in very long takes, the error was allowed to remain in the film.
The opening credits display the title of the film and the names of the stars in marquee lights, as they would be on Broadway.
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