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The Goldwyn Follies (1938)

Movie producer chooses a simple girl to be "Miss Humanity" and to critically evalute his movies from the point of view of the ordinary person. Hit song: "Love Walked In."

Directors:

George Marshall, H.C. Potter (uncredited)

Writers:

Ben Hecht (story and screen play), Sid Kuller (special sequences: Ritz Brothers) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adolphe Menjou ... Oliver Merlin (as Adolph Menjou)
The Ritz Brothers ... The Ritz Brothers
Vera Zorina ... Olga Samara
Kenny Baker ... Danny Beecher
Andrea Leeds ... Hazel Dawes
Edgar Bergen ... Edgar Bergen
Charlie McCarthy ... Charlie
Helen Jepson ... Leona Jerome
Phil Baker ... Michael Day
Bobby Clark ... A. Basil Crane Jr.
Ella Logan ... Glory Wood
Jerome Cowan ... Director
Charles Kullmann Charles Kullmann ... Alfredo in 'La Traviata'
The American Ballet of the Metropolitan Opera The American Ballet of the Metropolitan Opera ... Ballet Dancers
Nydia Westman ... Ada
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Movie producer chooses a simple girl to be "Miss Humanity" and to critically evalute his movies from the point of view of the ordinary person. Hit song: "Love Walked In." Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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And now the aristocrat of the fun shows


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

4 February 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Goldwyn Follies See more »

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Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of the films included in "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time (and how they got that way)" by Harry Medved and Randy Lowell. See more »

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Stage hands' shadows can be seen throwing out cats, during the Ritz Brothers' "Pussycat Song" number. See more »

Quotes

Charlie McCarthy: What did your mother say to the stork?
Michael Day: That's an insult, take it back!
Charlie McCarthy: Exactly!
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Referenced in L'encyclopédie audio-visuelle: Gershwin (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Here Pussy Pussy
(1937) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Sid Kuller and Ray Golden
Performed by The Ritz Brothers
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A witless plot...and a waste of good Technicolor...
30 January 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

The only real compensation for watching THE GOLDWYN FOLLIES is the pleasing Technicolor--but, unfortunately, none of the plot is believable nor are any of the characters likely to resemble anyone in real-life Hollywood.

There are some worthwhile bits. The opera sequence with HELEN JEPSON is well done--including a lovely version of "Siempre Libre"; EDGAR BERGEN and CHARLIE McCARTHY are pros in a few amusing sketches; KENNY BAKER does a professional job on songs like "Love Walked Right In"; VERA ZORINA adds some dancing magic and ANDREA LEEDS lends her bland presence to the role of a naive young girl asked to give ADOLPHE MENJOU pointers on what the public wants. Leeds looks an awful lot like either Donna Reed or Olivia de Havilland in her close-ups.

ADOLPHE MENJOU, too, is professional enough as the producer foolish enough to get ideas from a romantic young girl so he can produce the right kind of movie. Too bad Goldwyn didn't get some advice from good script-writers on how to stage this sort of thing.

Summing up: Noteworthy only for the color cinematography and some of the talented bits, but the script is full of dull clichés, lifeless and unbelievable. I found Bergen and McCarthy gave the film its most enjoyable moments.


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