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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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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


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

This was the second film to utilize the Max Factor Company's new invention of 'Pan-Cake' makeup for color film. The first was Vogues of 1938 (1937) . 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

Romeo and Juliet Ballet
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Vernon Duke
Danced by Vera Zorina and The American Ballet of the Metropolitan Opera
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So bad it's good
28 September 2006 | by pizzolatoSee all my reviews

Some reviewers hated this movie and, admittedly, it is relatively plot-free, but it's such a time capsule of movies, acts, and music of the period that I love it. If you ignore the script and realize you're listening to some FABULOUS Gershwin songs and that you're seeing The Ritz Brothers, Edgar Bergen/Charlie McCarthy and others, it can be pretty great. Unlike the some others, I love the Ritz Brothers' specialty about the cats. Some people just don't appreciate silly. Later on, they get bogged down in the plotlessness, but WOW!! . . the kitty cat number is hilarious!!!!!!!! "Where is the gosh, darn cat?????" Some people just don't appreciate silly. Lighten up, people!!

Face it, the movie studios of the day used to trot out all their stars for these Cast of Several movies. Take it for what it is. It was never meant to be "Gone With the Wind". It's more along the lines of "Hollywood Party" (1934) . . Enjoy!!


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