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The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)

 -  Musical  -  23 November 1929 (USA)
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An all-star revue featuring MGM contract players.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Conrad Nagel ...
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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Herself
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Himself (scenes deleted)
Brox Sisters ...
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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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:

The Hollywood Revue  »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System)

Color:

(2-strip Technicolor)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

In early screenings some movie theaters arranged to have the smell of orange blossoms waft through the audience during the color ballet sequence. This stopped after audience members with hay fever or other sinus conditions complained to theater managers that they were allergic to the movie. 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

Romeo: No, on the level, honest. You're the pansies in my garden, the cream in my mocha and java, the berries in my pie.
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Connections

Referenced in The Jack Benny Program: Musicale (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Bones and Tambourines
(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Fred Fisher
Performed by the chorus
Sung also by Cliff Edwards in a falsetto voice
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User Reviews

shades of another age ...
29 April 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Finally got around to seeing this on its recent outing on TCM, and despite the drawbacks - yes, it is slow-paced, yes, it is dated - there is a certain charm to it that makes it very enjoyable. I particularly liked the novelty acts and comedy stuff - Bessie Love, Marie Dressler, Laurel and Hardy and Buster Keaton's Egyptian lady. And the Gilbert/Shearer Romeo and Juliet section is worth sitting through the rest for anyway (despite its washed out colour, which oddly looked better in the little snippet showed in When The Lion Roars). I can't say I was disappointed with any of it - you get mind-boggling acrobats, you get weedy voiced Marion Davies, you get Jack Benny playing his violin and Conrad Nagel singing pretty well, and Charles King singing that hideous song about mothers, and Ukelele Ike, well, playing a ukelele, and Joan Crawford's ungainly dancing ... it's just a real treat, and nice to see from a technical pov that the sound isn't bad at all and despite its advanced age it is still watchable. A respectable 7 out of 10 I think.


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