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Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813160887

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813160887.001.0001

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A Shot in the Arm

A Shot in the Arm

(p.306) 17 A Shot in the Arm
Ziegfeld and His Follies

Cynthia Brideson

Sara Brideson

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter begins with a description of the Ziegfelds’ lifestyle in Palm Beach. Included are previously unpublished letters between Burke and Ziegfeld concerning her conflicted feelings about the Florida resort town and Patricia’s impressions of it. Ziegfeld’s gambling problem reaches a climax at Palm Beach, provoking Burke to pack her bags and threaten to leave, after which Ziegfeld’s affairs and gambling decline noticeably. He attempts to launch a new revue, Palm Beach Nights (aka No Foolin’), and produces an unsuccessful Rodgers and Hart show called Betsy. Once Ziegfeld’s theater is completed, his luck changes. He premieres a new show, Rio Rita, which wins much acclaim. Ziegfeld’s winning streak continues as his comeback Follies of 1927 at the New Amsterdam reunites him with Eddie Cantor and garners enthusiastic reviews. Ziegfeld’s next project, Show Boat, will be the biggest risk of his career.

Keywords:   Palm Beach, No Foolin’, Ziegfeld Theatre, Rio Rita, Betsy, Rodgers and Hart, Eddie Cantor, Ruth Etting

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