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The Talk of Hollywood (1929)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 9 December 1929 (USA)
Schlock-movie producer J. Pierpont Ginsburg, after declaring, in a Yiddish accent, that "talking pictures are in their infantry," decides to put all of his savings into a big-budgeted ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Nat Carr ...
Fay Marbe ...
Adoré Renée (as Miss Fay Marbé)
Hope Sutherland ...
Ruth Ginsburg
Sherling Oliver ...
John Applegate (as Sherline Oliver)
Edward Hamilton (as Ed Le Saint)
Gilbert Marbe ...
Reginald Whitlock (as Gilbert Marbé)
John Troughton ...
The Butler
Al Goodman's Orchestra ...
Al Goodman's Orchestra (as Al Goodman's 'Follow-Thru' Orchestra)
The Leonidoff Ballet ...
Ballet Troupe


Schlock-movie producer J. Pierpont Ginsburg, after declaring, in a Yiddish accent, that "talking pictures are in their infantry," decides to put all of his savings into a big-budgeted musical, starring the sensation of Paris (with a bad French accent), Adore Renee, and a swishy leading man, Reginald Whitlock. Meanwhile, his daughter, Judy Ginsburg, gets involved in a romance with Ginsburg's Gentile lawyer, John Applegate. His efforts aren't helped any by the projectionist who mixes up the sound-disc reels, with the images not matching the dialogue and sound effects, during a showing for prospective film buyers and exhibitors. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The First Laughing Expose of the Talkies (original poster) See more »


Comedy | Drama | Music






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9 December 1929 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Revived at the American Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, New York City in 1989. See more »


Follows One Gun Ginsburg (1929) See more »


by Al Piantadosi and Jack Glogau
Performed by Al Goodman's Orchestra (as Al Goodman's Follow Thru Orchestra)
Sung by Nat Carr
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Oy, Such A Movie
9 August 2015 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Hard to imagine how this picture got produced. Couldn't Hollywood moguls, even at such a small studio as Prudence must have been, spot a stinker? "The Talk Of Hollywood" is an inferior movie on many levels; it is poorly acted, poorly written and, most of all, poorly directed. It was Mark Sandrich's first attempt at directing a full-length feature and got him demoted; it would be five years before he reemerged to direct such films as "Top Hat", "The Gay Divorcée" and 'Holiday Inn".

"The Talk Of Hollywood" is an obvious insider spoof of Sam Goldwyn and his habit of mangling the English language and with a pronounced ethnic accent. Other reviewers have rehashed the plot and how it parallels "Singing In The Rain", but you must see it to appreciate how corny the gag lines are (even for 1929) and to witness the poor timing between lines and to experience the ad-libbed quality of the storyline, as though made up on the fly. I have not mentioned the forced, amateur feel of the acting, except for someone named Fay Marbe, who seemed to have a germ of talent as a French prima donna and the star of the movie-within-the-movie.

"The Talk Of Hollywood" played at Capitolfest, Rome,NY, 8/15. It is worth seeing for a look at how Hollywood could come a cropper even as it made the important transition from silent to sound.

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