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The Great Ziegfeld – Best Picture Winner; 1936

Great Zeigfeld

The Basics – The Great Ziegfeld (1936) – Director, Robert Z. Leonard; starring William Powell, Myrna Loy, Louise Rainer; Run Time – 176 mins. – Biography, Drama, Musical -“This biography follows the ups and downs of Florenz Ziegfeld, famed producer of extravagant stage revues.”

Prior Knowledge

Kristy – I know of Ziegfled as a legend on Broadway, however, I know nothing about the actual film itself but I’m expecting large musical numbers with fancy, feathered ladies.

Koob – I have heard of the Ziegfled Follies and know that Ziegfeld was a legendary producer on Broadway but know nothing about the actual film.

Fun Facts from IMDB

-The sequence “A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody” was filmed in two lengthy takes after several weeks of rehearsals and filming (a definite cut is made when moving to a close-up on the singer dressed as Pagliacci, presumably to effect a change of camera position, necessary to start the inexorable move up the huge staircase). It features 180 performers and cost $220,000; 4,300 yards of rayon silk were used for the curtains in the scene.

-Myrna Loy, who received second billing for this film, does not actually appear on screen until 2 hours and 15 minutes into the movie.

-Pat Nixon (then Patricia Ryan), the future wife of Richard Nixon and the First Lady of the United States from 1969 to 1974, makes an uncredited appearance as a Ziegfeld girl.

-A.A. Trimble, who portrays Will Rogers in the film, was actually a Cleveland map salesman who frequently impersonated Rogers at Rotarian lunches.

Viewing Source – Amazon Instant Video ($2.00 rental)

Post Viewing Responses

Ratings (with 1 star = the worst and 5 stars = the best)

Koob: 3 stars

Kristy: 2 stars

Double Gobble Score: 2.5 stars

The Takeaway: Watch for the elaborate recreation of Ziegfeld’s Follies, but make sure you clear your schedule (it’s a long one!).

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Chicago Style Hot Dog and New York Style Hot Dog for “The Great Ziegfeld”

Chicago Dog
New York Dog

In honor of Florenz Ziegfeld who was born in Chicago but was an adopted son of New York City, we decided to put up a poll on two classic variations of the good old-fashioned, all-American hot dog; the Chicago dog or the New York dog.  Which do you prefer?

Chicago Dog Toppings – yellow mustard; chopped white onions; bright green sweet pickle relish; a dill pickle spear; tomato slices or wedges; pickled sport peppers; and a dash of celery salt.

New York Dog Toppings – all-beef Kosher dog with sauerkraut and a smear of mustard

Koob prefers the New York style but Kristy prefers the following:

Kristy’s Veggie Dog – Tofurkey brand veg dog with vegetarian baked beans, ketchup, spicy brown mustard, and relish

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Happy Holidays From Kristy, Koob, and Hitch!

Happy Holidays From Kristy, Koob, and Hitch!

May your Christmas be thrilling and suspenseful!

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Double Gobble Double Feature- This Friday!

mystery-food
This Friday we will be viewing, rating and cooking for both The Broadway Melody and All Quiet on the Western Front.
In preparation, we are scheming up a few ideas as far as recipes that might incorporate New York City and German inspired flavors, and we want your opinion!

Vote for the recipes that you would MOST like to see from us this week;

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