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Show Girl in Hollywood (1930)

Unrated | | Comedy, Musical, Drama | 20 April 1930 (USA)
'Rainbow Girls' has just opened and closed on Broadway when Dixie, a actress in it, runs into smooth talking Hollywood Director Frank Buelow. He tells her she would be a natural, promises ... See full summary »

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'Rainbow Girls' has just opened and closed on Broadway when Dixie, a actress in it, runs into smooth talking Hollywood Director Frank Buelow. He tells her she would be a natural, promises her a movie contract, and so she goes to Hollywood, but there is no contract for her. She meets Donny, a washed-up veteran actress (Blanche Sweet), on the lot who becomes her friend. Frank is fired from his studio and the new director finds that Frank's storyline is actually a copy of 'Rainbow Girls' stage play from Broadway. They call Jimmy, the author and Dixie's boyfriend, for the rights and he goes to Hollywood to produce it as a movie. Dixie gets the lead. But things start going wrong when Dizzy Dixie, spurred on by the fired Director Buelow, thinks that she is better than the picture or the studio and starts making demands. Interesting note: Good look at early Hollywood, with cameos by Loretta Young, Walter Pigeon, Noah Beery and a young Noah Beery, Jr. make the film fun to watch Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com> kimber.palmer@gmail.com

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Comedy | Musical | Drama

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20 April 1930 (USA)  »

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Estrelas de Hollywood  »

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(Western Electric Apparatus)

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1.37 : 1
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Originally, the last ten minute reel was in 2-color Technicolor, but it only presently survives in black-and-white. See more »

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Featured in Hollywood (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

There's a Tear for Every Smile in Hollywood
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Sam H. Stept
Lyrics by Bud Green
Sung by Blanche Sweet
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Blanche Sweet is the main reason to see this one.
27 November 1999 | by (Phoenix, Arizona) – See all my reviews

Although this 1930 film is clunky and fraught with (what we now know to be) film cliches, it is worth seeing -- if only for the outstanding performance of one-time silent-film great Blanche Sweet. Without realizing who it was, I kept marveling at her poignant, true portrayal of a washed up silent screen star (clearly, almost autobiographical). What a brilliant choice to cast her. Imagine my surprise after the film when we rewound to the credits!

A fine, unjustly overlooked gem of early filmmaking (that has songs, to boot).


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