Glorifying the American Girl

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Glorifying the American Girl
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Directed by John W. Harkrider
Millard Webb
Produced by Florenz Ziegfeld
Written by J.P. McEvoy (story)
Millard Webb
Starring Mary Eaton
Dan Healy
Music by Irving Berlin
Walter Donaldson
Rudolf Friml
James E. Hanley
Cinematography George J. Folsey (Technicolor)
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
December 7, 1929
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Glorifying the American Girl is a 1929 American Pre-Code, musical comedy film produced by Florenz Ziegfeld that highlights Ziegfeld Follies performers. The last third of the film (which was filmed in early Technicolor) is basically a Follies production, with cameo appearances by Rudy Vallee, Helen Morgan, and Eddie Cantor.

Rex Beach was paid $35,000 for the original story.[1][2]

The script for the film was written by J.P. McEvoy and Millard Webb and directed by John W. Harkrider and Millard Webb. The songs were written by Irving Berlin, Walter Donaldson, Rudolf Friml, James E. Hanley, Larry Spier and Dave Stamper. The film is in the public domain, and many prints exhibited on television are in black-and-white only, and do not include pre-Code material, such as nudity.

Plot[edit]

Johnny Weissmuller with an unidentified actress

The plot involves a young woman (Mary Eaton) who wants to be in the Follies, but in the meantime is making ends meet by working at a department store's sheet music department, where she sings the latest hits. She is accompanied on piano by her childhood boyfriend (Edward Crandall), who is in love with her, despite her single-minded interest in her career. When a vaudeville performer (Dan Healy) asks her to join him as his new partner, she sees it as an opportunity to make her dream come true. Upon arriving in New York City, our heroine finds out that her new partner is only interested in sleeping with her and makes this a condition of making her a star. Soon, however, she is discovered by a representative of Ziegfeld.

Cast[edit]

Cameo appearances[edit]