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Ziegfeld Girl (2004)

James Stewart , Judy Garland , Robert Z. Leonard  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Stewart, Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr, Lana Turner, Jackie Cooper
  • Directors: Robert Z. Leonard
  • Producers: Pandro Berman
  • Format: Black & White, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Mono), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • 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: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001DCYUK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,314 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ziegfeld Girl" on IMDb

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An elevator operator, a wife of a struggling concert violinist, a born-in-a-trunk vaudevillian: they're three different women on three different paths of life, yet they soon share one dream: to become a Ziegfeld Girl. Lana Turner, Hedy Lamarr and Judy Garland play the respective three trying for stardom in this sumptuous extravaganza. James Stewart adds to the star wattage, playing the jilted truck-driving beau of Turner's footlight diva. And legendary innovator Busby Berkeley brings his imaginative camerawork and pacing to numbers that include Garland's massively scaled and calypso-infused Minnie from Trinidad, plus a lavish, showgirl-revue finale that reprises the rhapsodic You Stepped Out of a Dream. Sweet dreams, movie fans.

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rainbows, Dreams and Staircases October 19, 2004
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When MGM produced this lavish musical in 1940-41, most of the world was at war and the U.S. was on the verge of joining it. Austerity was already being called for in the U.S.A., and Hollywood was doing its part. The studios at that time were closely allied with the federal government which saw movies as a tool for democracy rather than the way Hollywood is treated by government today.

That austerity measure is the primary reason this great musical feast was produced in the less-expensive, always-acceptable (and, at the time, "the norm") black-and-white rather than as a fantastic Technicolor feast. Musicals did not YET rule the lot of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer although they would, soon enough, keep that studio in the black.

Nevertheless, this movie is one of the most beautiful black-and-white musicals ever produced. As Leonard Maltin has said in his TV book of movie reviews, the MGM glitter has never shined more brightly.

Among the most notable things about this film is that it was a turning point in the career of Judy Garland. Here, for the first time, Judy goes from being a young girl living at home with her father to becoming an independent young woman who becomes a star of the Ziegfeld follies. From child to grownup in one movie. And that turning point hinged on the improbably set-up presentation of her singing audition in which her pop had her ham up "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" and, in a second chance, using her own gut instincts to sing the song better than anyone had sung it before...and better than anyone has sung it since.

Lana Turner was not yet a major MGM star, but she became one with this film in which she was given the full glamour treatment. She has a very meaty part as a beauty who gets her shot in the Ziegfeld follies.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VINTAGE WARTIME MUSICAL.... May 4, 2004
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For sheer 1941 Hollywood glamour and spectacle, "Ziegfeld Girl" is what it's all about. Produced by Pandro S.Berman and with the all out musical numbers staged by Busby Berkeley, it also features the youthful beauty of Judy Garland and Lana Turner with the stunning Hedy Lamarr for extra eye candy. The hackneyed story of three star struck girls chosen as Ziegfeld showgirls and the resulting complications is glossed over by the stars including Jimmy Stewart as Lana's beau and Eve Arden as a been around showgirl watching as the newcomers take over the spotlight. Lana is the one who suffers the most and falls prey to tragedy. The costumes are incredible and the musical numbers very elaborate---especially Judy's tropical "Minnie From Trinidad" and the show stopper "You Stepped Out of a Dream". My only question is why wasn't it in Technicolor instead of b&w? The DVD print shows some wear but overall it's very good. For vintage film and musical buffs (as well as Garland and Turner fans) this is a treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Delicious kitsch! April 17, 2004
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I have loved this movie from the first time I saw it in the fall of 1977 on WCBS-TV, Channel 2, from NYC when I was 15. I was allowed to stay up until the wee hours of the morning as long as my studies didn't suffer. Of course, all of this nonsense of loving classic MGM movies started with "That's Entertainment!" three years earlier.
"Ziegfeld Girl" is a wonderful musical soap opera from start to finish. With a stellar cast headed by James Stewart, Judy Garland, Lana Turner, Hedy Lamarr, Tony Martin, Jackie Cooper, Eve Arden and so many more how could you go wrong? You can't! While this isn't "great" movie-making in the "The Wizard of Oz" or "Citizen Kane" sense it's still a terrific example of a Hollywood, or should I say Culver City, empire at its best. The only exception would be the finale of "Ziegfeld Girl" which encompasses interpolations from "The Great Ziegfeld". The original finale "We Must Have Music" wasn't considered grand enough and this was definitely a cost-cutting measure on Metro's part to look more opulent.
Some of the highlights are the musical numbers directed by Busby Berkeley including "You Stepped Out of a Dream" and "Minnie From Trinidad". Other highlights are Garland's audition sequence featuring "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows", Eve Arden's dry wit and Lana Turner's dramatic turn. She has the most interesting story of the three Ziegfeld Girls. Hedy Lamarr is stunning and Judy Garland was on the cusp of her glamour years at MGM. That would start with her next picture, "Life Begins For Andy Hardy" where she definitely had a new more sophisticated sexy look. She is very glamorous in "Minnie From Trinidad". Adrian's costuming in this movie is spectacular.
The DVD transfer is exceptional. While there are some age-related artifacts, overall the quality is wonderful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Backstager August 17, 2004
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If you overlook the dreary Hedy Lamarr plot, there's a lot to savor in this picture:

Garland's singing, of course, which includes an early and very funny bit of self-parody when she belts the "showstopper" version of "I'm Only Chasing Rainbows." Note the look on Garland's face when papa/vaudeville veteran Charles Winninger orders her to "Give it all you've got!" Judy seems about to say, "Well, you asked for it..." My only disappointment is that she is assigned the negligible tune "Minnie from Trinidad" as her 11 o'clock number.

Lana Turner's performance as a gone-to-hell-in-a-handbasket showgirl/boozer. Campiest moment in the film is when JUDY is assigned to keep Lana sober! Lana's final promenade down the stairs (to yet one more reprise of "You Walked Out of a Dream") is worth the price of the DVD -- this is what star quality is all about.

There are also some very funny bits from Edward Everett Horton and Eve Arden -- which made me wonder why La Arden didn't turn up among all the other ladies in THE WOMEN, lensing at Metro about the same time as this pic.

Oh, and one other thing: do you notice that this film has almost the identical plot to VALLEY OF THE DOLLS -- with Lana in the Neely O'Hara part?
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5.0 out of 5 stars especially when it comes to classic films like this one
As an avid movie buff, especially when it comes to classic films like this one, this is a definite welcome to my large and growing home library collection. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Wa2oosy
3.0 out of 5 stars Color or B&W?
Did anyone else notice that on the back of the DVD case, it says it's in Color? I had never seen it before and in the mood for a new Judy Garland movie, I was expecting a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Justin A Nickle
5.0 out of 5 stars loved the song "You Stepped Out of a Dream
Saw the movie decades ago, loved the song "You Stepped Out of a Dream." Had to have the DVD just for the song and the great dancing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Deborah Kitzul
4.0 out of 5 stars liked it; what else is there to say
liked it;what else is there to say....
Published 3 months ago by marsha grady
4.0 out of 5 stars Life as a Ziegfeld girl is not all roses in ...
Life as a Ziegfeld girl is not all roses in this 1941 film featuring lots of big stars and a couple massive Busby Berkely numbers.
Published 3 months ago by Seattle DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love Ziegfield girl. My cat likes Omega Paw Groomer;though she has broken it a few times. Joanne
Published 3 months ago by J D Hall
2.0 out of 5 stars not my type of movie
Jimmy Stewart was v ery young then.... his movies were much better later.... not a movie for me at any time
Published 4 months ago by MOVIEJUNKY
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
Such a gorgeous film- a real classic- Judy Lana and Hedy all shine- also watch out for Eve Arden who is always a treat
Published 4 months ago by Haroldandmaud0
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Gorgeous
I'll admit it--I'm a sucker for these old musicals that I grew up seeing at the Saturday morning movies, where our moms could drop us off and we could watch the movie three times... Read more
Published 5 months ago by N. D. Beier
4.0 out of 5 stars star power!
Hedy Lamarr, Lana Turner and Judy Garland star in this glitzy and glamorous look at Ziegfield girls. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Miranda
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