Ziegfeld Follies


Ziegfeld Follies (1945)

(featuring Lucille Ball as a Dancer)

Lucille Ball Movies

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.

Movie #64
Film Date: 1946

Release Date: April 8, 1946
Film Type: comedy/musical
Film Color: Technicolor
Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Film Length: 110 minutes

Lemuel Ayers (Director)
Roy Del Ruth (Director)
Vincente Minnelli (Director)
George Sidney (Director)
Norman Taurog (Director)
Charles Walters (Director)
Robert Lewis (Director)
Arthur Freed (Producer)

Character Role:
Lucille Ball (Dancer in 'Here's to the Ladies')

Supporting Cast:
Fred Astaire (Raffles/Tai Long)
Fanny Brice (Norma)
Lucille Bremer (Princess/Moy Ling)
Judy Garland (herself)
Gene Kelly (himself)
Kathryn Grayson (Guest)
William Powell (The Great Ziegfeld)
Lena Horne (Singer)
James Melton
Victor Moore (himself)
Richard "Red" Skelton (Announcer/J. Newton Numbskull)
Esther Williams (Guest)
Edward Arnold (Lawyer)
Bunin's Puppets
Cyd Charisse (Ballet Dancer)
Hume Cronyn (Monty)
William Frawley (Mr. Martin)
Robert Lewis (Chinese Gentleman/Telephone Voice)
Virginia O'Brien (Singer)
Arthur Walsh (Telegraph Boy)
Robert Wayne (Old Man)
Audrey Totter (Operator)
Kay Williams (Woman)
Eugene Loring (Costermonger)
Avon Long)
Eve Whitney
Elaine Shepard
Count Stefanelli (The Duke)
Garry Owen (Policeman)
Jack Regas)
Ray Teal (Policeman)
Grady Sutton (Texan)
Helen O'Hara
Noreen Nash
Ziegfeld Girls
Naomi Childers (The Duchess)
Feodor Chaliapin, Jr. (The Lieutenant)
Elise Cavanna
Charles Coleman (The Major)
Aina Constant
Joseph Crehan (Judge)
Marion Bell (Soprano)
Robert Ames
Helen Boice (The Countess)
Karin Booth)
Peter Lawford (Phone Voice)
George Hill (Policeman)
Harry Hayden (Warden)
Aileen Haley
Van Johnson (Guest)
James King
William B. Davidson (Judge)
Eddie Dunn (Policeman)
Natalie Draper
Sam Flint (The Flunky)
Jimmy Durante
Rex Evans (The Butler)