The Goldwyn Follies

The Goldwyn Follies

One of theatrical release posters
Directed by George Marshall
Produced by Samuel Goldwyn
George Haight
Written by Ben Hecht
Starring Adolphe Menjou
The Ritz Brothers
Vera Zorina
Andrea Leeds
Edgar Bergen
Music by George Gershwin
Cinematography Gregg Toland
Edited by Sherman Todd
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
February 4, 1938 (1938-02-04)
Running time
122 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2 million[1]

The Goldwyn Follies is a 1938 Technicolor film written by Ben Hecht, Sid Kuller, Sam Perrin and Arthur Phillips, with music by George Gershwin, Vernon Duke, and Ray Golden, and lyrics by Ira Gershwin. Some sources credit Kurt Weill as one of the composers, but this is apparently incorrect. The Goldwyn Follies was the first Technicolor film produced by Samuel Goldwyn.

The movie, which features Adolphe Menjou, Edgar Bergen (with Charlie McCarthy), Andrea Leeds, Kenny Baker, Ella Logan, Helen Jepson, Vera Zorina, Bobby Clark and the Ritz Brothers, depicts a movie producer who chooses a simple girl to be "Miss Humanity" and to critically evaluate his movies from the point of view of the ordinary person. The style of the film is very similar to other musicals of its era, including the "Gold Diggers" series and others. For the most part, the plot is there to hang songs on instead of for any purpose in and of itself. The film is choreographed by George Balanchine.

Songs include:

This was the last film score written by George Gershwin before his death on 11 July 1937. The Goldwyn Follies was released on 20 February 1938. The movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Score and for Best Interior Decoration.[2]



The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:


  1. Goldwyn Believes Color Photography Here to Stay; Budgets $2,000,000 for Big Musical to Prove It!: Stars Enlisted From Grand Opera to Radio for Role in 'The Goldwyn Follies' in Technicolor; Gigli's Screen Debut; Gloria Dickson on Way Up; Valentino Helps the Press Agents; Notes of the Theater. The Washington Post (1923-1954) [Washington, D.C] 21 Sep 1937: 14.
  2. "NY Times: The Goldwyn Follies". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-10.
  3. "AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-13.
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