won the Best Picture Oscar for 1936, and MGM certainly poured all its lavish
production values into it.
Powell is Florenz Ziegfeld, the consummate showman who "glorified the American girl" in his Broadway extravaganzas in the Teens and 20s. The real Ziegfeld's widow, actress Billie Burke (best known as the Good Witch in Wizard of Oz), personally chose the urbane Powell for the role, and who better than Myrna Loy to portray Ms. Burke herself?
first Mrs. Ziegfeld, singer Anna Held, is played by Luise Rainer.
She won the Oscar for Best Actress that year, it is said for one scene
alone: the lengthy telephone monologue where she hides her pain while
congratulating her "Flo" on his second marriage.
Powell became Ziegfeld in the public's mind, so much so that he was called upon to repeat the role ten years later in Ziegfeld Follies. He portrays the showman up in Heaven, speculating on what he could do with all the talent available at MGM in those days.... Hey, it's the movies - anything's possible....
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