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Ziegfeld Girl ( MGM 1941, Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr)

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Romantic musical drama telling the rise and (in some cases) fall of three Ziegfeld Girls, Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr, and Lana Turner, rendered in high MGM style.

Young stage vet Garland leaves her father’s act for a crack at the bright lights, Turner chases rainbows with the Park Avenue crowd and breaks truck driver James Stewart’s heart, and Lamarr has to choose between the stage and her struggling violinist husband.

Mainly, though, it’s lots of singing and dancing. Among the highlights: Garland singing ‘I’m Always Chasing Rainbows.’

One dance number, ‘We Must Have Music,’ featuring Judy Garland and Tony Martin, was deleted from the movie but was released the following year as a short subject film.

production details
USA | MGM | 132 minutes | 1941

Director: Busby Berkeley, Robert Z. Leonard
Script: Sonya Levien, William Anthony McGuire, Marguerite Roberts,

cast
Paul Kelly as John Slayton
Edward Everett Horton as Noble Sage
Reed Hadley as Geoffrey’s Friend in Audience (uncredited)
Mae Busch as Jenny – Wardrobe Woman
Fay Holden as Mrs. Regan
Roscoe Ates as Janitor Changing Pictures (uncredited)
Al Shean as Al
Leslie Brooks as Ziegfeld Girl (uncredited)
Judy Garland as Susan Gallagher
James Stewart as Gilbert Young
Hedy Lamarr as Sandra Kolter
Lana Turner as Sheila Regan
Jackie Cooper as Jerry Regan
Tony Martin as Frank Merton
Ian Hunter as Geoffrey Collis
Charles Winninger as ‘Pop’ Gallagher
Philip Dorn as Franz Kolter
Eve Arden as Patsy Dixon
Dan Dailey as Jimmy Walters (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
Felix Bressart as Mischa
Rose Hobart as Mrs. Merton
Joyce Compton as Miss Sawyer – Auditioning Showgirl (uncredited)
Myrna Dell as Ziegfeld Girl (uncredited)
Bess Flowers as Palm Beach Casino Patron (uncredited)
Jean Wallace as Ziegfeld Girl (uncredited)
Colin Kenny as Croupier (uncredited)

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