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The Great Ziegfeld

176 min | USA:185 min (roadshow version) | West Germany:110 min
Biography | Drama | Musical | Romance
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Robert Z. Leonard
Won 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1936-04-08
Filming Locations: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios - 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA
William Powell
Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.
Myrna Loy
Billie Burke
Luise Rainer
Anna Held
Frank Morgan
Jack Billings
Fanny Brice
Fannie Brice (as Fannie Brice)
Virginia Bruce
Audrey Dane
Reginald Owen
Ray Bolger
Ray Bolger
Ernest Cossart
Joseph Cawthorn
Dr. Ziegfeld (as Joseph Cawthorne)
Nat Pendleton
Harriet Hoctor
Jean Chatburn
Mary Lou
Paul Irving
Herman Bing
Charles Judels
Marcelle Corday
Raymond Walburn
A.A. Trimble
Will Rogers
Buddy Doyle
Eddie Cantor
Wanda Allen
Ziegfeld Girl
Bernice Alstock
Soloist in 'Shine On, Harvest Moon' Montage (uncredited)
Franklyn Ardell
Allen (uncredited)
Earl Askam
Audience Member (uncredited)
Lynn Bailey
Ziegfeld Girl
Monica Bannister
Ziegfield Girl
Bonnie Bannon
Ziegfeld Girl
Lynn Bari
Ziegfeld Girl
Jack Baxley
Detective (uncredited)
Robert Bradford
Soloist in 'Look for the Silver Lining' Montage (uncredited)
Raymond Brown
Inspector Doyle (uncredited)
Sheila Browning
Ziegfeld Girl
Charles Bruins
Singer (uncredited)
David Burns
Clarence (uncredited)
James P. Burtis
Bill (uncredited)
Edna Callahan
Ziegfeld Girl
Buddy Clark
Singer (uncredited)
Wallis Clark
Stock Broker (uncredited)
Thomas Clarke
Ol' Man River' soloist in Show Boat scene
Clay Clement
Jack - Barber Shop Customer (uncredited)
Charles Coleman
Carriage Starter (uncredited)
Helen Collins
Miss Drake (uncredited)
James Conaty
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Diane Cook
Ziegfeld Girl
Earl Covert
Soloist in 'Rio Rita' Montage (uncredited)
Pauline Craig
Ziegfeld Girl
Adrienne D'Ambricourt
Wife of French Ambassador (uncredited)
Mickey Daniels
Telegraph Boy (uncredited)
Bill Days
Soloist in 'Shine On, Harvest Moon' Montage (uncredited)
Hester Dean
Ziegfeld Girl
William Demarest
Gene Buck (uncredited)
Dick Dennis
Singer (uncredited)
Evelyn Dockson
Fat Woman (uncredited)
Jay Eaton
Theatregoer (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards
Wardrobe Woman (uncredited)
Zari Elmassian
Soloist in 'Look for the Silver Lining' Montage (uncredited)
Charles Fallon
French Ambassador (uncredited)
Claudia Fargo
Minor Role (uncredited)
Susan Fleming
Ziegfeld Girl
Ruth Gillette
Lillian Russell
Ann Gillis
Mary Lou as a Child (uncredited)
Peter Gowland
Dancer (uncredited)
Robert Greig
Ziegfeld's Butler (uncredited)
Virginia Grey
Ziegfeld Girl
Billy Griffith
Husband at Chicago World's Fair (uncredited)
Mary Halsey
Ziegfeld Girl
Bert Hanlon
Jim (uncredited)
Jeanne Hart
Ziegfeld Girl
Patricia Havens-Monteagle
Ziegfeld Girl
Grace Hayle
Wife at Chicago World's Fair (uncredited)
Marcia Healy
Ziegfeld Girl
Joan Holland
Patricia Ziegfeld (uncredited)
Shep Houghton
Dancer (uncredited)
Boothe Howard
Willie Zimmerman (uncredited)
Mary Howard
Miss Carlisle (uncredited)
John Hyams
Dave Stamper (uncredited)
Selmer Jackson
Barber Shop Customer (uncredited)
Alfred P. James
Stage Door Man (uncredited)
Suzanne Kaaren
Ruth Blair (uncredited)
Alice Keating
Alice (uncredited)
Mary Lange
Ziegfeld Girl
Toni Lanier
Ziegfeld Girl
John Larkin
Sam (uncredited)
Rosina Lawrence
Sally Manners (uncredited)
Margaret Lyman
Ziegfeld Girl
Frances MacInerney
Ziegfeld Girl
Tandy MacKenzie
Singer (uncredited)
Edwin Maxwell
Charles Frohman
Julie Mooney
Ziegfeld Girl
Dennis Morgan
Stage Singer in 'Pretty Girl' Number (uncredited)
Miss Morocco
Little Egypt
Esther Muir
Burlesque Prima Donna (uncredited)
Pat Nixon
Ziegfeld Girl
Barry Norton
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Pearlie Norton
Ziegfeld Girl
Dennis O'Keefe
Dancer (uncredited)
Carlita Orr
Ziegfeld Girl
Claire Owen
Ziegfeld Girl
Wanda Perry
Ziegfeld Girl
Lee Phelps
Theatre Doorman (uncredited)
Bob Priester
Singer (uncredited)
Mae Questel
Rosie (uncredited)
Evelyn Randolph
Ziegfeld Girl
Cyril Ring
Reporter (uncredited)
Byron Russell
Audience Member (uncredited)
Barlow Simpson
Trooper on Parade (uncredited)
Georgia Spence
Ziegfeld Girl
Larry Steers
Audience Spectator (uncredited)
Libby Taylor
Flossie - Audrey's Maid (uncredited)
Paul Taylor
Soloist in 'After the Ball' Montage (uncredited)
Phil Tead
Press Agent (uncredited)
Charles Trowbridge
Julian Mitchell (uncredited)
Richard Tucker
Barber Shop Customer (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer
Audience Member (uncredited)
Venita Varden
Ziegfeld Girl
Dolly Verner
Ziegfeld Girl
Allan Watson
Singer (uncredited)
Eric Wilton
Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Joe Yule
World's Fair Barker (uncredited)
Did you know?
In the footnotes of their American Film Institute's Feature Films, 1931-1940, Catalog mistakenly lists Mary Lou, an adult, played by Jean Chatburn, and Sally Manners, a Ziegfeld star, played by Rosina Lawrence, as the same person.
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William Powell was loaned by MGM to Universal for the film, but Universal sold the film to MGM when costs mounted. Powell made My Man Godfrey (1936) for Universal instead.
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The film's costs were proving too much for Universal, so MGM bought the rights for $300,000 from them. Ultimately the film cost MGM about $2 million to make, a huge amount in its day. It did however go on to earn over $40 million.
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At the Chicago World's Fair, as the Great Sandow (Nat Pendleton) lowers the barbell with the ladies inside, it lowers at a controlled rate, rather than as if a man was actually handling it.
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The character of Audrey is listed in the credits as having the last name "Dane." However, when Ziegfeld speaks to the audience after her drunken performance, he refers to her as "Miss Lane".
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One of the newspapers announcing the upcoming bout between Sandow and the lion is dated April 20. The newspaper shown after the match, decrying it as a fraud, is dated April 17.
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Little Egypt: Oh, Jack, is Ziegfeld a friend of yours?
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Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.: [after catching Ray Bolger doing a little softshoe backstage] Buddy, you're better with your feet than you are with your broom.
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Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.: [after he has hired Jack Billings' valet away from him] Gentlemen never argue about gentlemen's gentlemen.
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Photos from cast
Gertrude Astor