The Great Ziegfeld

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Released 1936

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Director:
Robert Z. Leonard
Released:
1936
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The Great Ziegfeld is a 1936 musical film and biography of Florenz Ziegfield (William Powell) featuring original compositions by Walter Donaldson and Irving Berlin. The film recounts the life of Florenz, the son of a highly regarded music professor as he attempts to make it in the show business industry. Starting out as a sideshow barker in 1893, Florenz decides to promote "The world's strongest man" Eugen Sandow (Nat Pendleton) and steals the spotlight away from Jack Billings' (Frank Morgan) most popular show: Little Egypt the belly dancer. After a nation-wide tour with Eugen, Florenz decides to head towards Europe to find new talent but on the way there he stumbles upon Billings, who is heading to London to sign the French singer Anna Held (Luise Rainer). Even though he loses all but 50 cents of his money gambling at the Monte Carlo casino, Florenz manages to convince Anna to sign with him instead of with Billings and borrows enough money to put on a show. While the show has its ups and downs, Florenz begins to make money through smart marketing techniques and ends up marrying Anna. When Florenz decides to feature more than one girl on the show (thus creating the Ziegfield Follies) his marriage begins to sour and his life heads towards a seemingly hopeless downward spiral.moreless
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    Arts, Drama, Music

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    Showbiz, Musicals, Classics, Biography