Episode 30: Ziegfeld Follies (Part 1)

Ziegfeld Follies

Look at all those famous movie stars! How exciting! #lies

Jazz Hams, this week your hosts discover a movie that none of us had seen – ZIEGFELD FOLLIES.

This movie has been mentioned frequently in other episodes whenever we would check a major movie star’s resume and find that they, too, had also been in this mysterious film ZIEGFELD FOLLIES.

The cast is an embarrassment of riches resulting in a movie that is, sadly, mostly just an embarrassment. Like the Follies of yesteryear, the film is simply a collection of musical numbers and comedic interludes, showcasing the stars and the comedy routines that Ziegfeld made famous. Unfortunately, the comedy is one hundred years out of date.  But the musical numbers provide a steady source of entertainment, with a few stellar performances that are worth seeking out.

Given how jam-packed the movie is with talent, it’s no wonder our recording session ran long. So this week is Part One.  Tune in next week for the continuation of our epic discussion.

Ziegfeld Follies

If I ever find out who is to blame for this nightmare fuel, shit will Get Real.

Ziegfeld Follies (1945)
Ziegfeld Follies poster Rating: 6.6/10 (2,634 votes)
Director: Lemuel Ayers, Roy Del Ruth, Robert Lewis, Vincente Minnelli, George Sidney, Merrill Pye, Charles Walters
Writer: David Freedman, Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane
Stars: Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Lucille Bremer, Fanny Brice
Runtime: 110 min
Rated: Approved
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Released: 08 Apr 1946
Plot: 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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