Ziegfeld Follies (1945)

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The late, great impresario Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. looks down from Heaven and ordains a new revue in his grand old style.


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  • Esther Williams in Ziegfeld Follies (1945)
  • Lucille Ball in Ziegfeld Follies (1945)
  • Fanny Brice in Ziegfeld Follies (1945)
  • Elaine Shepard in Ziegfeld Follies (1945)
  • William Powell in Ziegfeld Follies (1945)
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Directors:

Lemuel Ayers , Roy Del Ruth , Robert Lewis , Vincente Minnelli , George Sidney , Merrill Pye , Charles Walters

Writers:

David Freedman, Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane

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11 May 2007 | didi-5
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| a review which sits comedy, music and parody together
This film is just what it says on the tin, a collection of pieces and sketches similar to those you would have seen in a real Ziegfeld show.

Introduced from Heaven by Ziegfeld himself (William Powell reprising his role of ten years earlier), the acts are rolled out one by one for our appreciation and enjoyment.

High points which spring to mind are Fred Astaire as a jewel thief, charming Lucille Bremer; and as a Chinese n'er do well wishing he could get Bremer the fan she wants. Cyd Charisse and others dancing through bubbles as Kathryn Grayson warbles 'Beauty'. Judy Garland as 'the great lady' mocking Greer Garson. And of course 'The Babbitt and the Bromide' which teams Astaire and Gene Kelly for the first time.

The comedy segments sit less well today and all are too long, however, they're not bad. Keenan Wynn struggles with a dumb telephone operator; Victor Moore has a tightwad lawyer who gets him into jail; Fanny Brice wins the Irish sweepstake; and Red Skelton advertises Guzzler's Gin.

Add Lucille Ball and her cat girls, a touch of La Traviata, and a bevy of lovelies to open and close the show, and you can see why this film was a hit on its first release.

Good for historical interest and the frequent highs, but you might find your attention wandering now and then.

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