The Great Ziegfeld (1936) Poster

William Powell: Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.



  • Billie Burke : I'm here.

    Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : Yes, and so am I.

    Billie Burke : But it must seem like kindergarten to you.

    Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : Why?

    Billie Burke : The great Mr. Ziegfeld, producer of the Follies, surrounded by hundreds of beautiful women, sitting on a bench holding hands, watching the riverboats go back and forth. Doesn't sound a bit like you, does it?

    Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : No, it doesn't. But, here I am, sitting on a bench, holding hands and watching the riverboats go back and forth... And regretting all the years I haven't known you.

    Billie Burke : Didn't Anna Held take up a few of those years?

    Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : Yes, Billie, she did. She was truly a wonderful woman.

    Billie Burke : I love you for saying that.

    Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : Look, there's another ferryboat going across to the Palisades. Will you keep your eyes on it while I tell you something?

    Billie Burke : Must I look at a ferryboat to listen to you?

    Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : Yes, or I won't be able to tell you.

    Billie Burke : You mean the great lady's man is bashful?

    Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : Strange as it may seem... in your presence, he is.

    Billie Burke : All right, I'm looking.

    Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : I love you, Billie.

    [Billie turns to look at him. Flo points] 

    Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : The ferryboat... I haven't anything to offer you, because there's nothing that you really seem to need. You've made the most of yourself unassisted, and that's grand. But

    [Billie starts to face him] 

    Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : Ferryboat. You're a great star already, so there's little I can offer you. Nothing I can give you... except my love.

    Billie Burke : That isn't enough... I expect part of your ambition, half of your trouble, two-thirds of your worries... and all of your respect.

    [They kiss] 

  • Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : [after catching Ray Bolger doing a little softshoe backstage]  Buddy, you're better with your feet than you are with your broom.

    Ray Bolger : Mr. Ziegfeld, you think so? Gee, I wish you'd give me a chance. I've got talent, and I'd like to get away from shifting scenery and moving props.

    Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : How long have you been a property boy?

    Ray Bolger : Five years, but my heart hasn't been in it.

    Ray Bolger : You've been working a long time without your heart, buddy.

  • Hotel doorman : Do you realize you gave me five pounds?

    Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : Yes, I'm trying to lose weight.

  • Sampson : This is about talent.

    Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : Something good and cheap no doubt?

    Sampson : Exactly! It's a young girl named Brice... Fanny... Fanny Brice. She;s working in burlesque.

    Gene Buck : Say, I've seen that girl, Flo!

    Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : Pretty?

    Gene Buck : Well, yes and no. Shut your eyes and listen - yes! Open 'em and look - no, but a great performer!

    Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : We shall have a look at her at once - tonight!

  • Sandow : This cheese is so strong it could walk over and say hello to your coffee.

    Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : Well, it had better not. This coffee's too weak to answer it.

  • Billie Burke : I wonder what General Grant would think if he knew we were using the very shadow of his tomb as our meeting place?

    Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : Well, I never knew the general personally but I have an idea that he'd approve.

  • Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : [Scolding the wardrobe man for having dressed Miss Brice in an inappropriately showy costume]  How do you expect Miss Brice to sing a sad song about her man, dressed up like a nightingale? I find personalities, and you try to destroy them. I didn't engage Miss Brice as a showgirl.

    Clarence : [after having altered Miss Brice's costume to the bare minimum]  Is that all right, Mr. Ziegfeld?

    Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : Well, it's all right for now. Tomorrow, get her another outfit. And don't make it, buy it. Go to a second-hand store and get her an old dress. She's supposed to be a, an apache, a poor French girl, an urchin!

    Clarence : [meekly]  Yes, sir.

    Fanny Brice : [looking disappointed]  So, to work for Mr. Ziegfeld, I gotta' be an urchin. Even in burlesque I was middle class.

  • Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : [after he has hired Jack Billings' valet away from him]  Gentlemen never argue about gentlemen's gentlemen.

  • Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : [referring to Fanny Brice, after her audition performance]  She's all right. She's gonna' be great.

    Sampson : And I discovered her!

    Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : [to Sampson]  That's right, Sam, and you deserve a raise.

    Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : [to the other men in the room]  And I'd give it to him, but I'm afraid he wouldn't approve of the expense.

  • Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : Oh, Sidney, I'm so terribly broke.

    Sidney : But sir, isn't Mr. Billings going to help you?

    Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : Sidney, he hasn't a nickel. He was lying to me just to make me feel better. We're both broke.

    Sidney : I wouldn't worry about that, sir. You've been broke before, sir.

    Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : Yes, I know. I've always laughed about it. But I can't laugh anymore, Sidney, because I've been wrong. I've got nothing. Nothing to leave anyone.

    Sidney : Nothing, sir? You leave them the memories of the finest things ever done on the stage, sir. You'll leave them a name that they can be proud of all their lives. You'll soon feel better, and then you can do more beautiful things than ever before, sir.

  • Wife at Chicago World's Fair : [after watching the strongman's barbell act]  750 pounds, my foot!

    Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : [overhearing her and after a double take]  I wonder what her TOTAL weight is?

  • Sampson : They want the cash.

    Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : Did you mean they're telling me that they sent the costumes for this show COD?

    Sampson : No, sir, not this show. They want some money on the last show.

  • Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. : [Last lines]  I've got to have more steps. I need more steps... I've got to get higher... higher.

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