Ziegfeld Girl

Do you like musicals? Do you like Hollywood? Do you like Hollywood musicals? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then director Robert Z. Leonard’s Ziegfeld Girl(1941) may well be for you — all others need not apply. Its star-studded cast, featuring the likes of Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr and Lana Turner, makes Ziegfeld Girl an alluring prospect for fans of the era, of which I count myself a member, though its narrative is overwrought and its running time unduly long. None of the film’s flaws are egregious, but its inadequacies are evident just the same. Still, it’s a fun though frivolous film that fails to live up to Leonard’s previous picture on the topic, 1936’s The Great Ziegfeld, starring William Powell in the title role. Is it worth seeing? Well, do you know who Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. was? If your answer to that question is in the affirmative, then the answer to the prior question is the same.

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