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Glorifying the American Girl(1929)

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  • "ZIEGFELD FOLLIES"

    • JONATHAN
    • 8/4/07

    "GLORIFYING THE AMERICAN GIRL" IS A FILM ABOUT A GIRL WHO MUST DECIDE JUST HOW FAR SHE IS WILLING TO GO TO BE A STAR. THE GIRL (MARY EATON), MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN THE LOVE OF HER MAN AND HER LOVE OF THE STAGE. ALONG THE WAY SHE BECOMES THE STAR THAT SHE HAS ALWAYS WANTED TO BE, BUT UNFORTUNATELY FOR HER SHE IS STILL WITHOUT HER MAN. THIS MOVIE WAS MADE BY FLORENZ ZIEGFELD, AND FEATURES MANY OF HIS "ZIEGFELD FOLLIES" GIRLS. APPARENTLY, AFTER THIS BIG BUDGET MOVIE WAS FINISHED, ZIEGFELD HIMSELF THOUGHT IT WAS SO BAD THAT HE HAD MUSICAL AND COMEDY NUMBERS BY SOME OF THE BIG STARS OF THE DAY EDITED INTO THE FILM. FEATURING HELEN MORGAN, EDDIE CANTOR, AND RUDY VALLEE (IN HIS FIRST FILM APPEARANCE SINGING "VAGABOND LOVER"), THESE NUMBERS ARE WHAT MAKE THIS FILM INTERESTING. OTHER CELEBRITIES ARE SEEN AS WELL, INCLUDING JOHNNY WEISSMULLER, RING LARDNER, AND ZIEGFELD HIMSELF. THIS MOVIE, WITH THE LAST PART SHOT IN TECHNICOLOR, WAS SET TO BE ZIEGFELDS GREATEST SUCCESS. UNFORTUNATELY FOR HIM, THIS MOVIE BOMBED BAD AT THE BOX OFFICE. ZIEGFELD LOST A LOT OF MONEY ON THIS FILM, AND DIED IN DEBT JUST A COUPLE OF YEARS LATER. THIS PRE-CODE FILM HAS BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY EDITED THROUGH THE YEARS, AS THE RELEASE PRINT FEATURED NUDITY AND QUESTIONABLE LANGUAGE. MOST CURRENT PRINTS ARE OF POOR QUALITY (AND WITHOUT THE TECHNICOLOR), WHICH TAKES AWAY FROM THE SPECTACLE OF WATCHING A "ZIEGFELD FOLLIES" SHOW. HOWEVER, THIS EARLY SOUND MOVIE IS BETTER THAN ITS REPUTATION, AND IS WORTH A LOOK IF YOU ARE A FAN OF BIG PRODUCTION MUSICAL MOVIES FROM A TIME LONG GONE.

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