Ziegfeld Girl (1941)

Ziegfeld Girl (1941)

Three interweaving plot-lines mark this MGM showcase for three of their star actresses of the time: Judy Garland Hedy Lamarr and Lana Turner. The famed Florence Ziegfeld is interested in each for his shows though he (nor an actor playing him) is never shown. Instead Edward Everett Horton is used; he plays a trusted Ziegfeld talent manager who’s minimally involved in all three story-lines. He’s interested in singer Garland but not her overblown aging vaudeville co-acting father ‘Pop’ (Charles Winninger). Lamarr’s character is only interested in being a Ziegfeld Girl to pay the bills while her struggling and soon to be jealous violinist husband (Philip Dorn) tries to find work. Turner is a small town girl who’s always wanted to make it big. Her conflict is with her small town boyfriend (James Stewart) whom she easily outgrows when she’s courted by men (like Ian Hunter) who can give her diamonds and furs. Her kid brother (Jackie Cooper) tries to bring her back to who she really is. Paul Kelly Eve Arden Dan Dailey and Felix Bressart also appear. Directed by Robert Z. Leonard (The Great Ziegfeld (1936)) with a story by William Anthony McGuire (who also wrote Leonard’s directed Best Picture Oscar winner based on the famous showman) that was adapted by Marguerite Roberts and Sonya Levien (State Fair (1933)); features choreography by Busby Berkeley.

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