At the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, sideshow barker Flo Ziegfeld turns the tables on his more successful neighbor Billings, and steals his girlfriend to boot. This pattern is repeated throughout their lives, as Ziegfeld makes and loses many fortunes putting on ever bigger, more spectacular shows (sections of which appear in the film). French revue star Anna Held becomes his first wife, but it's not easy being married to the man who "glorified the American girl." Late in life, now married to Billie Burke, he seems to be all washed up, but...Written by
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Due to censorship restrictions forced upon studios by the Hays Code, the Ziegfeld Follies could not be accurately depicted in this film by director Robert Z. Leonard due to their nudity and subject matter. However, the earlier Pre-Code film Glorifying the American Girl (1929) contains an accurate depiction of Ziegfeld's productions and was partly filmed in 2-strip Technicolor. Unfortunately, most available versions of the latter Jazz Age film are from surviving prints with all offensive material censored. See more »
One of the newspapers announcing the upcoming bout between Sandow and the lion is dated April 20. The newspaper shown after the match, decrying it as a fraud, is dated April 17. See more »
Oh, Jack, is Ziegfeld a friend of yours?
Yes, we've been pals for years, but you wouldn't like him.
No, he's up one day and down the next. If he got $10,000 tomorrow, he'd spend it on the girl he happened to like tomorrow night. You wouldn't want to waste your time meeting a felloe like that.
Oh, not if I met him on the right night.
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An actor portraying composer Jerome Kern is seen in an office playing "Look for the Silver Lining" on the piano, but he is not mentioned on any cast list for this film. He is simply called "Jerry" by the other characters in the scene. See more »
The DVD release runs 185 minutes, and includes the overture, entr'acte and exit music, as presented in the original "road show" version of the film. See more »
Long but well worth hanging in there for. Luise Rainer gives an outstanding well-deserved Oscar winning performance as Anna Held. The first half of the movie which covers the period of Ziegfeld's marriage to Held is the better half of the movie. Great re-enactment of stage Follies productions. 9 out of 10.
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