Monday, November 22, 2010

Ziegfeld Girl (1941).

Ziegfeld Girl(1941). Cast:James Stewart, Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr, and Lana Turner, and co-starring Tony Martin, Jackie Cooper, Eve Arden, and Philip Dorn. Released by MGM, it was directed by Robert Z. Leonard and featured musical numbers by Busby Berkeley.

Set in the 1920s, the film tells the stories of three women who become performers in the  Broadway show the Ziegfeld Follies. It was intended to be a 1938 sequel to the 1936 hit The Great Ziegfeld, and even recycled some footage from the earlier film.

What an amazing cast!! And wonderful film for Judy Garland even though she is not the "star ". The costumes were amazing! They were all designed by Adrian. Adrian was MGM's most famous costume designer, but he never won an Academy Award! ( I don't believe they had Academy Awards for Costume Design until after his death). He also designed all the costumes for The Wizard of Oz and many other MGM films. This is a great film if you are looking for a costume spectacle. This is one of thoses movies that you wished were in color. Please click on Ziegfeld Girl (1941), in the tag line to view Monty's awesome movie review.


You Never Looked So Beautiful"
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Played and sung by an offscreen chorus during the opening credits
Sung by Judy Garland and chorus in the finale

"Minnie from Trinidad"
(1941) (uncredited)
Written by Roger Edens
Played during the opening credits
With The Kids from Seville: Antonio and Rosario
Sung and Danced to by Judy Garland (uncredited) and chorus, and danced to by Sergio Orta (uncredited)
Sung by Lana Turner (uncredited) (dubbed by Virginia Rees (uncredited))

"I'm Always Chasing Rainbows"
(1918) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Carroll
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
Played on piano by Charles Winninger (uncredited) and sung by him and Judy Garland (uncredited)
Reprised with an orchestra and sung by Judy Garland (uncredited) at an audition
Played as background music often

"Laugh? I Thought I'd Split My Sides"
(1941) (uncredited)
Written by Roger Edens
Performed by Charles Winninger and Judy Garland in a vaudeville show

"You Stepped out of a Dream"
(1940) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Tony Martin and chorus in a Zeigfeld Follies number
Played on piano by Jackie Cooper
Hummed by Lana Turner
Reprised by Tony Martin and chorus in the finale
Played during the end credits

(1920) (uncredited)
Music by John Schonberger
Lyrics by Malvin Schonberger
Played as dance music at the Palais Royale restaurant and sung by Bill Days, John Rarig and Max Smith

"Bridal Chorus"
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played as background music when Gil Shows Sheila a marriage license

"The Wedding March"
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played as background music when Susie and Geoffrey talk about his proposing to Sheila

"Caribbean Love Song"
(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Roger Edens
Lyrics by Ralph Freed
Sung by Tony Martin and chorus in a Ziegfeld Follies show

Mr. Gallagher and Mr. Shean"
(1922) (uncredited)
Written by Edward Gallagher and Al Shean
Sung by Charles Winninger (uncredited) and Al Shean (uncredited) in a Ziegfeld Follies show

"Ziegfeld Girls"
(1941) (uncredited)
Written by Roger Edens
Sung by Judy Garland and chorus, with solo lines by Dorothy Hoyle, Christine Stafford,
Rose Paidar, Betty Allen, Virginia Rees and Helen Patterson in the finale

"You Gotta Pull Strings"
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Sung by Judy Garland and chorus in the finale

Tony Martin (born December 25, 1913), received a saxophone as a gift from his grandmother at the age of ten. In his grammar school glee club, he became an instrumentalist and a boy soprano singer. He formed his first band, named "The Red Peppers", when he was at Oakland Technical High School, eventually joining the band of a local orchestra leader, Tom Gerun, as a reed instrument specialist, sitting alongside the future bandleader Woody Herman. After college, he left Gerun's band to go to Hollywood to try his luck in films.

He was a featured vocalist on the George Burns and Gracie Allen radio program. In the movies, he was first cast in bit parts, including a role as a sailor in the movie, Follow the Fleet (1936). He eventually signed with 20th Century-Fox and then Metro Goldwyn Mayer in which he starred in a number of musicals.

Martin was featured in the 1941 Marx Brothers film (their last for MGM), The Big Store.

He appeared in many film musicals in the 1940s and 1950s. His rendition of "Lover Come Back To Me" with Joan Weldon in Deep in My Heart.

1 comment:

  1. Information about the Ziegfeld Girl and about the cast and sound track is pretty good and amazing to know also the picture is wonderful.


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