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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

Renée Adorée was supposed to have appeared in a skit with Jack Benny, but her French accent and declining health prevented her from doing so. 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

Emcee: The, uh, little number you just heard called "Singin' in the Rain" is an optimistic song and was, of course, written by an optimist. In fact, all of the lyrics like "There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder" and "Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella" and so forth were all written by this same man who finally became so discouraged that he killed himself. Hm.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Lon Chaney Will Get You If You Don't Watch Out
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Gus Edwards
Lyrics by Joe Goodwin
Sung by Gus Edwards, danced by chorus
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User Reviews

 
The Origin of the MGM Musical
27 August 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an amazing film, it has amazing special effects, it shows who made the transition from silent to talkie and who didn't, it has scenes in color (two-strip technicolor from what I understand), and it has some of the cutest costumes of any musical.

Some of the highlights of the movie are Joan Crawford song and dance number, which is too cute for words, and not terrible as another IMDB commenter would have you believe.

The Buster Keaton snake charmer dance is absoluetly hilarious. The Betty Johnson hiding in Jack Benny's pocket is pretty cute.

And the Singing in the Rain number is great, with it's simple yet beautiful art deco set and it's great reflective floor textured with the pitter patter of rain.

If you ever get a chance to see this film, take advantage of it. It is so strange to see every MGM start (except Garbo and Lon Chaney) in the same film, especially since many of them didn't continue making a lot of talking pictures.

Outstanding!!!!!


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