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Ziegfeld Girl (1941)





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This film focuses on three showbiz hopefuls -- Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr, and Lana Turner -and their efforts to attain the lofty status of "Ziegfeld Girl." There are happy endings in store for two of the three female leads.

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Judy Garland
as Susan Gallagher
Lana Turner
as Sheila Regan
Hedy Lamarr
as Mrs. Sondra Colter
James Stewart
as Gilbert Young
Tony Martin
as Frank Merton
Jackie Cooper
as Jerry Regan
Ian Hunter
as Geoffrey Collis
Charles Winninger
as Pop Gallagher
Paul Kelly
as John Slayton
Eve Arden
as Patsy Dixon
Dan Dailey
as Jimmy Walters
Al Shean
as Himself
Fay Holden
as Mrs. Regan
Rose Hobart
as Mrs. Merton
Bernard Nedell
as Nick Capalini
Edward McNamara
as Mr. Regan
Mae Busch
as Jenny
James Flavin
as Trucker
Joyce Compton
as Miss Sawyer
Ruth Tobey
as Beth Regan
Bess Flowers
as Palm Beach Casino Patron
Rosario & Antonio
as Specialty Dancers
Fred Santley
as Floorwalker
Claire James
as Hopeful
Sergio Orta
as Native Dancer
Reed Hadley
as Geoffrey's Friend
Joan Barclay
as Actress in Slayton's Office
Donald Kirke
as Playboy
Ray Teal
as Pawnbroker
Al Hill
as Truck Driver
Roscoe Ates
as Theater Worker
George Lloyd
as Bartender
Ginger Pearson
as Salesgirl
Philip Dorn
as Franz Kolter
Anya Taranda
as Ziegfeld Girl
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Critic Reviews for Ziegfeld Girl

All Critics (3)

We are disappointed because the film goes under the the name of Ziegfield, and because we have seen settings and costumes before the premiere, it has not satisfied our expectations. [Full review in Spanish]

September 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Three of MGM's gorgeous stars, Judy Garland, Lana Turner and Hedy Lamarr star in this musical, which has too much melodrama but also some lavish production numbers.

March 18, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ziegfeld Girl


Star loaded 1941 film Ziegfeld Girl is an enjoyable film. It stars Jimmy Stewart, Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr, and Lana Turner. Like I said star loaded. The film centers on three different girls who become Ziegfeld girls, which they hope mean fame and money. Judy is Susan Gallagher, one half of a musical variety act with her old school dad (played by the fabulous Charles Winniger) that play at very small locales just to earn some money. Well Susan gets the call that the great Mr. Ziegfeld is looking for new girls and she is all happy for her and her dad. But Ziegfeld just wants Susan and not dad. So tension arises from that situation but good old dad doesn't stand in her way. Susan becomes a Ziegfeld girl and her dad carries on the show by himself. Hedy plays Sandra Kotler, a married woman whose violinist husband Franz is struggling to make a name for himself. At the audition for acts for The Ziegfeld show, Franz is overlooked but Sandra is picked to be a ZG, much to Franz's displeasure. They end up separated for awhile and Sandra becomes close with the show's male vocalist Frank (played by Tony Martin). And finally there is elevator girl Sheila Regan (Lana Turner) who has a boyfriend trucker named Gill (Jimmy Stewart with a thick Brooklyn accent). Sheila is the type of girl from the wrong side of the tracks with a hard working family. Once she gets picked, she makes the biggest transformation of all the girls. She lets the fame and money go to her head and breaks up with Gill and starts romancing a much older and richer man. All the girls personal issues play out against the backdrop of the Ziegfeld musical shows. Judy Garland gets to belt out a few good numbers. But its actually Charles Winniger who has the best musical number: a song and dance number with an old vaudeville partner that leaves the audience amazed. Hedy Lamarr is strictly here for decoration, not that there's anything wrong with that. Her scenes with Franz are her best though. Jimmy Stewart is good as Gill, a nice change of pace from playing the good guys..he ends up in jail for bootlegging after being dumped by Sheila. His Brooklyn accent is thick, but somehow he loses it by midway through the film. The standout in this film is Lana Turner as Sheila. Whoever may have question Ms. Turner's acting ability will be put in check by her performance here. It deserved some type of award for her hard take on this girl who becomes her own worst enemy. Towards the end, Sheila will have hit rock bottom and Turner nails it with a riveting performance. Ms. Turner may have been known for her beauty, but here she proves she can act with the best of them. There is also solid support from veterans Edward Everett Horton, Fay Holden and Eve Arden. Typical Eve gets in several good zingers. So, Ziegfeld Girl is a marvelous film, not really a straight forward musical, more of a drama that has a few musical numbers in it with solid performances by a talented cast. And one knockout performance by Lana Turner. I enjoyed every minute of it.

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monty hawes
monty hawes

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campy, corny, hokey but fun. it's hard to judge these kind of films too harshly. it is what it is. a soap bubble. judy sings, lana looks impossibly cute and hedy is a knockout. jimmy stewart's last film before ww2 service and he gets to play a gangster. this shoulda been in color for the sake of the elaborate production numbers and those ridiculous costumes

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


The cast is the kind you would only be able to get from MGM at its peak all giving good performances. Judy's rendition of "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" is exquisite and "Minnie the Moocher" is fun. The corn is a little high but an enjoyable experience overall.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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