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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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Storyline

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


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Box Office

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

American film debut of Vera Zorina. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Oliver Merlin: I'm a producer of movies. I get my wagonloads of poets and dramatists, but I can't buy common sense - I cannot buy humanity!
Hazel Dawes: Well, I don't know why, Mr. Merlin. There's an awful lot of it.
Oliver Merlin: Yes, I know, but the moment I buy it, it turns into something else, usually genius, and it isn't worth a dime. Now, if you could stay just as simple as your are, you'd be invaluable to me. I'll put you on my staff. I'll give you a title, "Miss Humanity". Don't rush, you can finish your ice cream soda.
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Connections

Referenced in Fantasia (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

La traviata
(1853) (uncredited)
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Aria "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" partially sung by Kenny Baker
Arias "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" and "Ah, fors' è lui...Sempre libera" performed by Charles Kullmann and Helen Jepson at the opera
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OK, it's not "An American in Paris," but..............
19 May 2006 | by Django6924See all my reviews

I would sorely miss not having this Technicolor record of what the old Goldwyn studios and the Santa Monica beach looked like in their heyday. Plus a wonderful cultural record of Jepson's singing (if only Goldwyn had gotten Pinza doing a scene from "Don Giovanni" as well), Zorina's dancing, Balanchine's choreography, and two of Gershwin's finest songs (despite some viewer's comment that "Love Walked In" is insipid, it has always been my personal favorite).

Add to this wonderful sets and costumes, masterfully photographed by Toland (in one of his few efforts in color), and you have a movie that while being a failure as a work of art, is immensely worth seeing as a record of the times.

That said, I wish Kenny Baker had been as good a singer and as personable on screen as Dick Powell, that the dippy story had been jettisoned in favor of a better one (how could Ben Hecht have been a party to this?), and, despite the fact that they were cultural icons (of a sort), that the Ritz Brothers screen time had been in another movie. (Yes, I know there are those who think they're the best thing in the movie, but some people like Martin and Lewis, too).


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