The Goldwyn Follies

The Goldwyn Follies

DVD - 1998
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A tune-filled romantic musical comedy extravaganza about Hollywood.
"This lavish musical extravaganza and comedy revue featuring the songs of George and Ira Gershwin, tells the story of an eccentric film producer and his attempt to mount a new hit musical. Featuring favorite Follies stars Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, along with The Ritz Brothers and acclaimed actor Adolphe Menjou, musical numbers were choreographed by the magnificant George Balanchine. The Goldwyn Follies is highlighted by such Gershwin favorites as 'Love Walked Right In' and 'Our Love is Here to Stay,' which have been brought to life with sparkling clarity in digitally remastered stereo surround sound."--Container.
Publisher: [New York, NY] : HBO Home Video, c1998
Edition: Widescreen
Description: 1 videodisc (115 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 0783113587
Branch Call Number: DVD Gold


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Dec 18, 2016

For starters - (If nothing else) - I thought that this 1938 film's Technicolour effects were nothing short of being absolutely astounding to behold. You could clearly tell that great attention to colour co-ordination was very much a major issue in this $2 million production.

Now almost 80 years old - The Goldwyn Follies definitely had its good points, as well as its not-so-good points. Featuring 7 Gershwin songs - This picture's story of comedy, music, and romance was obviously very much a product of its time. And, because of this it did make it difficult for this viewer not to scrutinize it just a little too critically.

And, finally - When it came to watching famed ventriloquist, Edgar Bergen constantly moving his lips whenever it was his puppet/sidekick Charlie McCarthy's turn to speak - I thought that he was one of the most amateurish and unconvincing performers in his specialized profession that I have ever seen.

(*Watch movie video-clip*)

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