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The Show of Shows (1929)

 -  Musical  -  29 December 1929 (USA)
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It's 1929. The studio gave the cinema its voice gave offered the audiences a chance to see their favorite actors and actresses from the silent screen era to see and for the first time can ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Fay ...
Master of Ceremonies
William Courtenay ...
The Minister - Guillotine Sequence
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The Victim - Guillotine Sequence
Hobart Bosworth ...
Executioner - Guillotine Sequence
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Akst ...
Pianist - Accompanying Irene Bordoni
Armida ...
Performer in 'Meet My Sister' Number (as Mimi Vendrell)
Johnny Arthur ...
Hero - Performer in 'The Pirate'
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Performer in 'The Pirate' Number
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Performer in 'Bicycle Built for Two' Number
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Meet My Sister Presenter
Noah Beery ...
(Performer in "The Pirate" Number / Soldier (segment "Rifle Execution")
Sally Blane ...
Performer in 'Meet My Sister' Number
Monte Blue ...
Condemned Man (segment "Rifle Execution")
Irène Bordoni ...
Performer in 'Just for One Hour of Love' Number
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It's 1929. The studio gave the cinema its voice gave offered the audiences a chance to see their favorite actors and actresses from the silent screen era to see and for the first time can be heard in a gaudy, grandiose music comedy revue. But also appear actors and actresses from the first 'talkies', stars from Broadway and of course the German shepherd Rin-Tin-Tin. Frank Fay is the host of the more than 70 well-known stars who show various acts. Written by Robert

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29 December 1929 (USA)  »

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The Show of Shows  »

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Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)
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(Vitaphone) (Western Electric Apparatus)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

According to the original review published in 'Variety' 27 November 1929, only 21 minutes of the total running time were not in Technicolor, a 17 minute section of Part One, and a four minute opening of Part Two. See more »

Connections

Featured in Busby Berkeley: Going Through the Roof (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Jumping Jack
(1928) (uncredited)
Music by Rube Bloom
Played during the Black and White Dance
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An intermittently entertaining showcase for current stars
2 November 2000 | by (elgin, illinois) – See all my reviews

It is difficult to evaluate this or any other comparable film of the early sound era in terms that one might use for ordinary film commentary. At times there is almost a desperation, as many film personalities of the silent era try their wings at sound, surely fearing that they will be left by the wayside (as did happen to some), Rin-Tin-Tin. however, was pertfectly natural. In such a vaudeville of unrelated sequences, some were sure to stand out John Barrymore's soliloquy from Richard II is a moment certainly worth preserving. By and large, only those with earlier stage training exuded confidence. However, this is over all reasonably entertaining, and a must for "film buffs" especially interested in the silent to sound transition


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