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The Show of Shows (1929)

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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Master of Ceremonies
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The Minister - Guillotine Sequence
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The Victim - Guillotine Sequence
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Executioner - Guillotine Sequence
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Pianist Accompanying Irene Bordoni
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Performer in 'Meet My Sister' Number (as Mimi Vendrell)
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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
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Performer in "The Pirate" Number / Soldier (segment "Rifle Execution")
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Performer in 'Meet My Sister' Number
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Condemned Man (segment "Rifle Execution")
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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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A Parada das Maravilhas  »

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

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1.20 : 1
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Vitaphone production reels #3575-3589 See more »

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Master of Ceremonies: I want to tell you that I have sung and gotten some real recognition. Decorations for singing. Here's one little medal I got for yodeling.
[Points to his German Iron Cross]
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Semper Fidelis
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Music by John Philip Sousa
Performed when the marching cadets with drums arrive onstage
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Mixed Bag, But Worth Seeing
7 July 2001 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

One of a handful of "revue" films from the early sound era, this film mixes musical numbers and comedy routines, a la vaudeville. Some items don't really work, in particular Frank Fay's role as emcee, and the finale, which is rather loosely structured. On the other hand, Winnie Lightner does two terrific turns, especially with "Singin' in the Bathtub," which is put over with punch. Some versions have the "Li-Po-Li" segment in 2-strip Technicolor, which gives the routine unusual sheen and polish, playing off the strengths of the system, especially in the use of turquoises and reds.

Generally superior, I think, to MGM's "Hollywood Revue of 1929," and worth watching if you can


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