Glorifying the American Girl

Glorifying the American Girl

Director: John W. Harkrider, Millard Webb Cast: Mary Eaton, Edward Crandall


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Broadway impresario Florenz Ziegfeld brought his legendary "Follies" to the silver screen in Glorifying the American Girl. The barely visible plotline concerns a virginal young miss (Mary Eaton) who aspires to greatness as a Follies girl. With stars in her eyes, she heads to New York, leaving her hometown boyfriend to fend for himself. Upon arriving in the Big Apple, our heroine links up with a two-bit dancer who offers to make her a star -- if only she'll let him make her, period. The greater part of the film is given over to a re-creation of a "typical" Follies production, replete with musical solos by Rudy Vallee and Helen Morgan and a sidesplitting comedy sketch with Eddie Cantor and Louis Sorin as a pair of kvetching Jewish tailors ("Vat's der idea uff calling me a damn fool in front uff der customers?" "So, it's a secret?"). From time to time, the camera cuts away to the many celebrities enjoying the show, including journalist Ring Lardner, nightclub doyenne Texas Guinan, New York mayor Jimmy Walker, Paramount Pictures head man Adolph Zukor, and Flo Ziegfeld himself, accompanied by his then-wife, Billie Burke. And yes, that's Johnny Weissmuller on-stage as a provocatively undraped "Nature Boy." As a bonus, the musical score was the handiwork of Irving Berlin. Originally filmed in Technicolor, Glorifying the American Girl is presently available only in black-and-white.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/22/2016
UPC: 0889290261625
Original Release: 1930
Source: Film Detective
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 50,651

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mary Eaton Gloria Hughes
Edward Crandall Buddy
Helen Morgan Herself, performing in revue
Sarah Edwards Mrs. Hughes
Irving Berlin Actor
Ring Lardner Actor
Florenz Ziegfeld Actor
Eddie Cantor Himself, performing in revue
Rudy Vallée Himself, performing in revue
Dan Healy Miller
Noah Beery Himself, arriving at theater
Billie Burke Herself
Texas Guinan Herself, arriving at theater
Johnny Weissmuller Adonis ("Loveland")
Adolph Zukor Himself, arriving at theater

Technical Credits
John W. Harkrider Director,Production Designer
Millard Webb Director,Screenwriter
Monta Bell Producer
Irving Berlin Score Composer
Walter Donaldson Score Composer
George Folsey Cinematographer
J.P. McEvoy Screenwriter
Ted Shawn Choreography
Larry Spier Score Composer
Dave Stamper Score Composer
Frank Tours Choreography

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