Episode 31: Ziegfeld Follies (Part 2)

Ziegfeld Follies

“Follies” seems so appropriate.

This week, your hosts finish our discussion of ZIEGFELD FOLLIES, that star-studded dud of a musical revue.

They say that failure is a great teacher, and we certainly learned a lot about what we don’t like, and what doesn’t work, watching this one. If you are truly interested in the deeper workings of comedy, watching old comedy can be fascinating. It’s not funny – but it is fascinating.

While it may have been an effort to get through this movie, that effort was rewarded handsomely by the penultimate number: a duet between Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire that shows them both off at their best, with charm and wit to spare.

Don’t bother to watch the whole movie, it’s right here on Youtube:

The Babbitt and the Bromide

Take a listen, and if a segment seems interesting – watch it on Youtube and let us know what you thought!

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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