Show People (1928)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  20 November 1928 (USA)
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A young lady from Georgia goes to Hollywood in the hopes of becoming an actress.



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Complete credited cast:
Peggy Pepper / Marion Davies
Dell Henderson ...
Paul Ralli ...
Andre Telfair
Casting Director
Harry Gribbon ...
Comedy Director
Sidney Bracey ...
Dramatic Director (as Sidney Bracy)
Polly Moran ...
The Maid
Albert Conti ...


Colonel Pepper brings his daughter, Peggy, to Hollywood from Georgia to be an actress. There she meets Billy who gets her work at Comet Studio doing comedies with him. But Peggy is discovered by High Art Studio and she leaves Billy and Comet to work there. For her new image, she is now Patricia Pepoire and ignores Billy when he sees her on location. When she is not longer wanted by the little people who do not understand "ART", she plans to marry Andre to get a fake title. Billy will not let her go without a fight. Written by Tony Fontana <>

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Release Date:

20 November 1928 (USA)  »

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Es tut sich was beim Film  »

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(copyright length) | (Turner Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(musical score and sound effects)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


William Randolph Hearst was adamant that Marion Davies not make this film, as he considered slapstick comedy to be beneath her talents and worried that it would damage her reputation. He even tried to have the film canceled days before it was to go into production. See more »


Title Card: To hopeful hundreds there is a golden spot on the map called - HOLLYWOOD.
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My Buddy
(1922) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Played when Peggy and King Vidor are discussing the new leading man
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Great Silent Comedy
27 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Updated from a previous comment. The great and underrated Marion Davies shows her comedic stuff in this late (1928) silent comedy that also showcases the wonderful William Haines. Davies plays a hick from Georgia who crashes Hollywood with help from Haines, a bit player in crude comedies. They appear together in cheap comedies until Marion is "discovered" and becomes a big dramatic star.

A great lampoon on Hollywood and its pretensions. Davies & Haines are a wonderful team, and the guest shots from the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, William S. Hart, John Gilbert, Elinor Glyn, Norma Talmadge, Mae Murray, Rod LaRocque, Leatrice Joy, Dorothy Sebastian, Estelle Taylor, Louella Parsons, Renee Adoree, Aileen Pringle, and Marion Davies (you have to see it) are a hoot. A must for any serious film buff or for anyone interested in the still-maligned Marion Davies! Dell Henderson plays the father. Polly Moran is a maid. Paul Ralli is the slimy leading man.

SHOW PEOPLE was said to have used the career of Gloria Swanson as its model (I think Mae Murray is closer). Davies and Swanson were friends. But this film's story does parallel the rise of Swanson from one-reel Mack Sennett comedies with Charlie Chaplin to STAR in Cecil B. DeMille films of the late teens and early 20s.

Davies and Haines were huge MGM stars and friends. Odd that MGM never teamed them up in a talkie. They're great together! A sweet romance and delightful spoof of early Hollywood. Greta Garbo and Bebe Daniels are mentioned but do not appear.

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