A variety show cream
puff from the golden era of Hollywood with a story tacked on as an excuse to bridge the
show biz bits. For me, the highlight of the film is the goofy comedy of The Ritz Brothers.
They are positively giggly. One of the many teams of Vaudeville veterans that were scoffed
up for Hollywood duty. There are other variety acts, including ventriloquist Edgar
Bergen with dummy Charlie McCarthy, some romantic ballet and girls with long legs.
The excuse for a
story features a young woman discovered in a ice cream parlor by a movie producer and
hired on for her honesty in evaluating his productions. Skip to Hollywood where she meets
a singer slinging hash while dreaming of becoming a star. The girl uses her influence with
the producer to get the guy a starring role in the latest picture. Meanwhile, the older
producer falls head over heels for the girl and the girl and guy fall madly in love. She
keeps her relationship with the producer a secret so the guy won't feel bad about getting
the starring role and naturally, everything comes to a head on the set.
Andrea Leeds is the girl with scrubbed skin, Kenny Baker the
crooner and Adolph Menjou the Hollywood heavy and ballerina Vera Zorina plays footsy with
the Ritz Brothers.
much of the Goldwyn collection of films, the elements for Goldwyn Follies was
kept in pretty good shape. The transfer to DVD retains the lustrous intensity of three
strip Technicolor. There are some minor age markings and a little color shift, but
otherwise this 1938 film is a delight to the eye. The soundtrack is a Dolby Digital
2-channel remix by Chase and sounds quite good.