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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 ...
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
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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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(Vitaphone) (Western Electric Apparatus)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film contains John Barrymore's only screen appearance as Richard III, one of his greatest stage successes. However, the excerpt is not from the play "Richard III", but from William Shakespeare's "Henry VI: Part III", a "prequel" to "Richard III" in which he also appears. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: John Barrymore (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Dear Little Pup
(uncredited)
Music by Ray Perkins
Lyrics by J. Keirn Brennan
Sung briefly by Frank Fay, but interrupted
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Staggering..and that's a compliment
29 January 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a deliriously colossal vulgar silly all star extravaganza revue of all the early talkie stars that Warner Bros could afford. ...and like most other rarely seen films actually made during the late 20s, an unforgettable opportunity to see and hear the genuine roaring twenties' exuberance and youthfulness put to song and dance. THE SHOW OF SHOWS is pretty gigantic. Vaudeville act after soliloquy after tap dance after acrobat after comedian after fan-dance after ukulele lunacy after Rin Tin Tin who introduces 'an oriental number'...(!)... and on and on it lumbers, grinning and squeaking away in fabulous gramophone quality Vitaphone sound. It is far too long, but among it's delirious delights are the awesome "Singin in the Bathtub" number created on a scale of which The QE2 architects would be proud...Beatrice Lillie lounging by a grand piano with some happiness boys amusingly warbling a witty ditty, Nick Lucas, and the never-ending grand finale in two color color...which is all set to the song LADY LUCK. . So keen are the tubby chorus line and leaping teenagers to en-ter-tain us that they almost kick themselves repeatedly in their own faces with glee and effort. Row after row of "Doll" characters hop past and some even emerge from the floor. I kid you not, there are even girls strapped to the crystal chandeliers, mummified with shiny gauze and chained up with pearl ropes, unable to move (for days, I imagine, during production) whilst this katzenjammer of toy-box athleticism twitch and spasm below to the Ukulele orchestra. Of course I loved it and had to watch this color finale over and over and then invite friends and family to the screen for weeks on end just to horrify and terrify them each separately and to roll about on the lounge in shrieking in delight at each and every exclamation of their startled reactions. And so should you...and rejoice that there was an era when this was created simply to entertain and thrill. It is all so demented.


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