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In MGM's three-hour-plus The Great Ziegfeld, William Powell stars as the titular theatrical impresario, whose show business empire begins when he stage-manages a tour for legendary strongman Sandow (Nat Pendleton). With nary a penny in the bank, he charms European stage star Anna Held (Luise Rainer) to headline his "Follies", and later marries the luscious Ms. Held. From 1907 onward, Ziegfeld stages annual editions of Broadway's most fabulous revue, dedicated to "Glorifying the American Girl" but also giving ample time to develop the comic talents of Fanny Brice (played by herself), Will Rogers, Eddie Cantor and many others. Eventually, Ziegfeld abandons Ms. Held in favor of other beauties, setting the stage for the "telephone scene" which won Luise Rainer the first of her Oscars. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:April 8, 1936

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Luise Rainer Best Actress 1936 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Luise Rainer Best Actress 1936 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cedric Gibbons Best Art Direction 1936 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Z. Leonard Best Director 1936 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edwin B. Willis Best Art Direction 1936 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Eddie Imazu Best Art Direction 1936 Nominee

Cast

William Powell
as Florenz Ziegfeld
Myrna Loy
as Billie Burke
Luise Rainer
as Anna Held
Frank Morgan
as Billings
Fanny Brice
as Herself
Virginia Bruce
as Audrey Lane
Reginald Owen
as Sampston
Ray Bolger
as Himself
Ernest Cossart
as Sidney
Joseph Cawthorn
as Dr. Ziegfeld
Nat Pendleton
as Sandow
Harriet Hoctor
as Herself
Jean Chatburn
as Mary Lou
Herman Bing
as Schutz
Charles Judels
as Pierre
Marcelle Corday
as Marie
Raymond Walburn
as Sage
Buddy Doyle
as Eddie Cantor
Jack Baxley
as Detective
James P. Burtis
as Bill
Wallis Clark
as Broker
Clay Clement
Charles Coleman
as Carriage Starter
Adrienne D'Ambricourt
as Wife of French Ambassador
Mickey Daniels
as Telegraph Boy
Sarah Edwards
as Wardrobe Woman
Leon Errol
as Himself
Charles Fallon
as French Ambassador
Bert Hanlon
as Jim
Grace Hayle
as Wife
Selmar Jackson
as Customer
John Larkin
as Sam
Edwin Maxwell
as Charles Froman
Pat Nixon
as Extra
Phil Tead
as Press Agent
Richard Tucker
Eric Wilton
as Desk Clerk
Stanley Morner
Evelyn Dockson
as Fat Woman
Billie Burke
William Demarest
as Gene Buck
Robert Greig
as Joe
Ann Pennington
as Herself
Charles Trowbridge
as Julian Mitchell
Dennis Morgan
as Stage Singer
Charles Fallon
as French Ambassador
Robert Greig
as Joe
Eric Wilton
as Desk Clerk
Ann Pennington
as Herself
Evelyn Dockson
as Fat Woman
Phil Tead
as Press Agent
Wallis Clark
as Broker
Grace Hayle
as Wife
William Demarest
as Gene Buck
Mickey Daniels
as Telegraph Boy
Sarah Edwards
as Wardrobe Woman
Edwin Maxwell
as Charles Froman
Leon Errol
as Himself
Charles Coleman
as Carriage Starter
Charles Trowbridge
as Julian Mitchell
Selmar Jackson
as Customer
John Larkin
as Sam
Adrienne D'Ambricourt
as Wife of French Ambassador
James P. Burtis
as Bill
Bert Hanlon
as Jim
Jack Baxley
as Detective
Pat Nixon
as Extra

Crew

Robert Z. Leonard
Director
Robert Z. Leonard
Producer
Hunt Stromberg
Producer
George Folsey
Cinematographer
Merritt B. Gerstad
Cinematographer
Ray June
Cinematographer
Oliver Marsh
Cinematographer
Karl W. Freund
Cinematographer
Rudolf Friml
Songwriter
Walter Donaldson
Songwriter
Vincent Scotto
Songwriter
Channing Pollock
Songwriter
Herb Magidson
Songwriter
Henri Christine
Songwriter
Harold Adamson
Songwriter
Buddy G. DeSylva
Songwriter
Ruggiero Leoncavallo
Featured Music
Gus Kahn
Songwriter
George Gershwin
Songwriter
Irving Berlin
Songwriter
Joseph Meyer
Songwriter
Maurice Yvain
Songwriter
Jerome Kern
Songwriter
Eddie Imazu
Production Designer
Edwin B. Willis
Production Designer
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Adrian
Costume Designer
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