LUCY'S MOVIE GUIDE
Ziegfeld Follies (1945)
(featuring Lucille Ball as a Dancer)
We meet a grayed, immaculately garbed Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr. in Paradise (his diary entry reads "Another heavenly day"), where he looks down upon the world and muses over the sort of show he'd be putting on were he still alive.
The show stars many of MGM leading talents, including Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, Lucille Bremer, Fanny Brice (the only member of the ensemble who was a star of the original Follies), Judy Garland, Kathryn Grayson, Lena Horne, Gene Kelly, James Melton, Victor Moore, William Powell, Red Skelton, and Esther Williams.
Special Notes: In the number, "Here's to the Girls", spotlights a whip-wielding Lucille Ball, a bevy of chorus girls dressed as panthers, and, briefly, Margaret O'Brien.