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The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)

An all-star revue featuring MGM contract players.

Directors:

(as Charles F. Reisner), (uncredited)

Writers:

(dialogue), (dialogue) (as Robert Hopkins)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Himself - Master of Ceremonies
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Himself - Master of Ceremonies
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Himself / Romeo
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Herself / Juliet
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Herself
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Herself
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Himself (as Ukulele Ike)
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Himself / Stan Laurel
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Himself / Oliver Hardy
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Herself
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Himself (scenes deleted)
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Themselves - Singing Trio
Natova and Company ...
Themselves
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Herself
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Himself
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Storyline

Conrad Nagel, representing the Hollywood movie community, and Jack Benny, representing the Broadway stage community, act as the interlocutors of a musical comedy revue. A plethora of chorus boys and girls are featured front and center in some of the song and dance numbers, and provide back-up to some other acts. But the revue primarily is a vehicle to highlight a cavalcade of Hollywood movie and Broadway stage stars. One early running gag has both Nagel and Benny playing straight man to Cliff Edwards, who just wants a nice introduction to his act. Edwards would return later to be featured along with the Brox Sisters in one of the highlights of the second act, a production number around the song "Singin' in Rain", complete with rain soaked stage. A reprise of the song with the entire cast acts as the revue's finale. Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

25 of the screen's greatest stars - chorus of 200 - amazingly revolutionary motion picture!

Genres:

Musical

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Release Date:

23 November 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

M-G-M Revue  »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System)

Color:

(2-strip Technicolor) (three sequences)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Norma Shearer, John Gilbert, William Haines, Anita Page, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy and Lionel Barrymore are the major participants who fail to appear in the Singin' in the Rain finale. See more »

Goofs

After Cliff Edwards' opening number, one of the chorus girls in the background is chatting away with the girl next to her, when a sudden cut appears, and the same girl is now stone still (apparently the director told her in between to stop talking, and pay attention). See more »

Quotes

Jack Benny, Himself - Emcee: Ladies and gentlemen - in fact, all of you. Feeling that you are weary of domestic triangles, we have gone to Europe for our next scene. The locale is Turkey, southern Turkey. You see, Turkey is divided into three zones, namely, the white meat, the dark meat, and the part I always get.
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Connections

Featured in Garbo (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Romeo and Juliet Overture
(1869) (uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
In the score for the Romeo and Juliet skit
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Lavish, But Dated All-Star Revue
11 November 1999 | by (PA) – See all my reviews

I have seen this film a few times and always think boy they were the good old days. In 1929, for their first talking film, MGM put together this lavish, all-star revue with absolutely no plot. It contains guest appearances from many of MGM's top silent film stars. If you do ever see this you will notice many of them did not make it through the transition of the talking pictures. Joan Crawford stands out doing her horrible dance and singing routine, but the best is the technicolor SINGIN' IN THE RAIN finale. This is a must for any film buff.


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