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The Show of Shows (1929)

 -  Musical  -  29 December 1929 (USA)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Fay ...
Himself - 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 ...
Himself - 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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Himself - 'Meet My Sister' Presenter
Noah Beery ...
Performer in "The Pirate" Number / Soldier (segment "Rifle Execution")
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Performer in 'Meet My Sister' Number
Monte Blue ...
Condemned Man (segment "Rifle Execution")
Irène Bordoni ...
Himself - 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)  »

Also Known As:

A Parada das Maravilhas  »

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Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

At it's New York City premiere at the Winter Garden Theatre, some musical numbers were projected on a larger, wider screen, by a system called Magnascope, which had been in occasional use since 1924. See more »

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

Soundtracks

Singin' in the Bathtub
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Michael Cleary
Lyrics by Herb Magidson and Ned Washington
Sung by Winnie Lightner
Reprised in the finale
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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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