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The Show of Shows (1929) Poster

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Warner Brothers announced in 1929 that it was going to film this entirely in Two-Strip Technicolor. The Technicolor company immediately said that not enough cameras were available for use, so two sequences, involving Winnie Lightner in part one and part two were shot in black and white; the rest of the film was shot in 2-strip Technicolor. In the mid-1950s, Warner Bros. printed a black and white copy from its Technicolor studio vault print for television use and later discarded the original. The surviving sound on film version reveals the left side has been cropped off to accommodate the sound track which was added to the original sound on disc version, but the image has not been correctly re-centered.
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Two reels of color footage survive.
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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.
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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.
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At $850,000 this was the most expensive talking picture made in 1929.
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In once scene, Sid Silvers does an imitation of Al Jolson. Though Jolson was one of the top stars at Warner Brothers in 1929, he is not among the rest of the studio's lineup in this film.
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Vitaphone production reels #3575-3589
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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.
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Besides Al Jolson, other stars from the Warner Brothers-First National roster who didn't appear in this film included Colleen Moore, Marilyn Miller, George Arliss, Dorothy Mackaill, Milton Sills, Walter Pidgeon, and Thelma Todd.
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