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Goldwyn Follies (1938)

Adolphe Menjou , Edgar Bergen  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Adolphe Menjou, Edgar Bergen
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,933 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Samuel Goldwyn's first and last attempt to emulate the Ziegfeld Follies in cinimatic form. A grand scale review of music, comedy and dance starring Kenny Baker, Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, The Ritz Brothers, and more.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Early Technicolor at its best April 8, 2009
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I was delighted to see the new DVD release. For the first time, this movie has been transferred to show how great the true Technicolor process was. There are subtle shades of color seldom seen in today's color processes. As for the picture itself, it is a mixed blessing with some great musical numbers and good comedy routines. Some of it is "slow" but keep in mind that it is 1938. For a dyed-in-the-wool movie buff (like me), it is a real treat seeing Vera Zorina, Charlie McCarthy and the Ritz Brothers in their heyday.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
One thing you can say about Sam Goldwyn's ventures into musicals. He could either hit them out of the park ("Whoopee", "Palmy Days", "The Kid From Spain", etc.), he could miss completely ("One Heavenly Night"), or he could come up with a film that really is a bit of a mess but enjoyable for the classic film lover. The problem here seems to be that the film is trying to imitate to some degree the Warner Busby Berkeley films of 1933, the problem being that it is five years later. You'd think that of all people Goldwyn would have gotten that, since Busby Berkeley was directing his dance numbers in his Eddie Cantor films before Warner Bros. got a hold of him. Kenny Baker is obviously trying to stand in for Dick Powell, and he's good enough, it's just that musicals were transitioning to a different phase by 1938, the year this film was released. Thus the backstage banter between chorus girls doesn't come off very well after the code. The Ritz Bros. are obviously trying to stand in for the Marx Bros. and they do have a funny routine about a cat, but in the end they do get a bit tiresome. The film does have the dashing Adolphe Menjou, and he improves just about every film he's in including this one. The Technicolor is gorgeous and the Gershwin music is wonderful.

However, the modern viewer has one strategic advantage over the viewer that saw this in the first-run. We're not trapped in the perspective of a 1938 movie-goer so we can enjoy the film for what it is - some great musical numbers with a little good comedy and a lot of silliness.

One thing I don't get. This film first appeared on DVD as part of the giant Hollywood Musicals Collection late in 2008.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Probably the only reason for remembering The Goldwyn Follies is that it's the movie George Gershwin was working on when he died at 38 of a brain tumor. In truth, the movie is a mish-mash, although a good-natured one, involving comedy bits, musical numbers and what Sam Goldwyn considered "class." The best thing about the film are two George and Ira Gershwin songs that are as fresh and wise today as when they were written, "Our Love Is Here to Stay" and "Love Walked In." The story line is as thin as a thread, designed to keep the numbers coming and to provide some fun at Hollywood's expense. Ben Hecht is credited with the screenplay. He artfully places some banderillas that probably puckered the skin of several types of Hollywood denizens, from producers to divas to sycophants get the idea.

Hollywood producer Oliver Merlin (Adolphe Menjou) has convinced himself he needs someone to tell him honestly about the new movie he's working on, someone who will represent the big audience out there. On a location shoot he meets a young woman who fits the bill. She's Hazel Dawes (Andrea Leeds), gentle, sincere and honest. "I'm a producer of movies," he tells her. "I get my wagonloads of poets and dramatists, but I can't buy common sense. I cannot buy humanity!" "Well, I don't know why, Mr. Merlin. There's an awful lot of it," Hazel says. Merlin looks at her impatiently. "Yes, I know," he says, "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 you 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." Merlin brings her to Hollywood and consults her on everything from script changes to plot developments.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vera Zorina, Ritz Bros & Edgar Bergan in Top Form February 3, 1999
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THE GOLDWYN FOLLIES(1938) is an excellent account of the madness of moviemaking. It`s all here; the hysteria, the intrigues, the fun, the egotism, the worries before an opening etc. VERA ZORINA(Eva Brigitta Hartwig), a Norwegian ballet dancer delivers in her filmdebut, a funny and campy incarnation of a r u s s i a n and TEMPERAMENTEL ballerina. The Ritz Brothers has a humour that is way passed the line - and it still works. The same goes for Edgar Bergen and the doll Charlie. Kenny Baker is DULLLLLLLL, and sings the same song thrice too many, as are Andrea Leeds. She`s too goody goody. Adolphe Menjou is a mogul par excellence and the production numbers are spectacular.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a Silly Musical March 4, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
The Goldwyn Follies is Samuel Goldwyn's answer to the popular Ziegfeld Follies films based on the work of Florenz Ziegfeld of the 1920s. This film is packed with musical and vaudeville-type numbers. The mood is very light and silly, but it is also quite fun at times.

There are three stars. Adolph Menjou plays a film director who stumbles upon an average country girl (Andrea Leeds) with many opinions about why films fail. He hires her to help him with his next picture and she agrees. In the process, he begins to fall for her, but she meets and falls for a crooning hamburger stand man (Kenny Baker) who she helps become a star in films. In the meantime, there is a frustrated accordian player, the outrageous Ritz Brothers who might as well be the singing version of The Three Stooges, and a strange ventriloquist. Leeds looks like Janet Gaynor and is as sweet as she is too. Baker sounds exactly like Dick Powell and the two sort of look alike too; it is eerie at times.

The musical numbers vary in style and in quality. Some are entertaining and some fall flat. There is a dance illustrating Romeo and Juliet between ballet and jazz dancers; it is strangely similar to West Side Story only this was made years earlier. There are several operatic scenes with "Traviata." There are a few extravagant dance sequences like one around a fountain. There is one very entertaining sequence about pussy cats done by the Ritz Brothers too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Send Out the Clowns
The Gershwin songs would have been the best thing about this film. Though we
do hear Love Walked In rather a lot, one of the others--sung by Ella Logan--is
scarcely there... Read more
Published 9 days ago by New Yorker
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Gershwin enthusiasts
Love Walked Right In and Our Love is here to stay are introduced in this movie. Reason enough to recommend it, but there are other features as well. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Erling Iverson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music...
This movie is full of the stuff we watch musicals for! I have seen it several times, and get a real lilt from the performances!
Published 8 months ago by J. Mayra
3.0 out of 5 stars Goldwyn's "folly"
Samuel Goldwyn prided himself on creating some pretty impressive Technicolor extravaganzas in his day, usually loaded with a star-studded cast. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Randy E. Halford
4.0 out of 5 stars Side-Splitting
Although this wouldn't make it if released today, the 1930s humor is special and makes you nostalgic for times before you were born.
Published 16 months ago by Michael Dalton
3.0 out of 5 stars I Goldwyn Follies
I only ordered this to hear Kenny Baker sing "loved walked in" , The film itself is very dated. There are 3 comedians that keep appearing in the film which are really very unfunny... Read more
Published on October 25, 2012 by gl
4.0 out of 5 stars The Gershwins Last Musical
This is a classic 1930's montage musical with the same basic plot inherent in all that decade's films but with the tremendous advantage that it marked the last contribution of... Read more
Published on April 26, 2009 by Frida Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Comparing the 1998 DVD to this new re-master 2009 DVD.
Being a RITZ BROTHERS fan I have the old 1998 HBO/Samual Goldwyn Home Video DVD of this movie, which doesn't look bad. Read more
Published on April 24, 2009 by Paul J. Mular
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting musical film curio
"The Goldwyn Follies"
(MGM, 1938)
Adolphe Menjou almost steals the show here, in this potboiler musical about a... Read more
Published on April 21, 2009 by DJ Joe Sixpack
4.0 out of 5 stars Two great Gershwin songs in an amusing razzberry aimed at Hollywood by...
Probably the only reason for remembering The Goldwyn Follies is that it's the movie George Gershwin was working on when he died at 38 of a brain tumor. Read more
Published on January 30, 2007 by C. O. DeRiemer
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