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Windy Riley Goes Hollywood (1931)

A driver on a non-stop race from New York to San Francisco gets detoured to Hollywood, where he winds up working as a publicity man for a movie studio and assigned to revive the career of a beautiful but fading star.

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Jack Shutta ...
Windy Riley
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Dell Henderson
Wilbur Mack
Walter Merrill
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Arrogant driver Windy Riley is crossing from New York to San Francisco in his car. However a wrong traffic plate in the desert misguides him and her goes to Hollywood instead. Windy loses his car to the bank since he has not paid the last installment, but the Repo Man runs into the car of a Hollywood executive and falsely blames Windy for the accident. The man sends Windy to work in the Publicity Department to pay for the damages in his car. Meanwhile, actress Betty Gray is in trouble with the studio due to bad publicity and the studio will call off her contract if she gets in trouble again. When Windy Riley arrives in the department, he believes that he is expert in publicity and he kidnaps film director Joseph Ross expecting to promote the film and Betty Gray. But snoopy reporter Lane finds that the director is missing and Windy needs to bring the director back in the studio otherwise Betty Gray will be fired. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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3 May 1931 (USA)  »

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The Gas Bag  »

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1.37 : 1
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Shades of 1918 and the Arbuckle/Keaton era!!!
22 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the plot for this 'Short Subject': Windy Riley is on a non-stop automobile race from New York to San Francisco when he gets mixed up and winds up in Hollywood. Betty Grey is a movie star that happens to be getting a rash of bad publicity. Windy's car runs into the car of a movie executive. In order to work off the damage, the executive sends him to the Publicity Director of his studio. Naturally, Windy thinks of himself as a publicity expert rather than the errand boy he is supposed to be. With a big picture coming out, the studio to avoid any inadvertent publicity for Miss Grey, but Windy takes it upon himself to put her in all the papers, - in the worst way.

For certain, this was not a good film for the beautiful Louise Brooks, but I think its a mistake to pan this as a bad film. 'Fatty' Arbuckle was making a short subject film as he and Buster Keaton were making them just 12 years earlier. This is very typical of their previous efforts. You should easily picture, Buster Keaton at the wheel of the car when he looks at the sign and makes the wrong turn to Hollywood. And you can imagine the look of that deadpan face when he gets blamed for the accident. And you can just see Buster seeing that lone freight card in the railroad yard and then later the look he would have had when he noted the thousands of cars surrounding it. And that would be typical Buster that would get blasted by the steam from the locomotive.

No, this is not a bad film. It is quite enjoyable if you watch it in the context of the period of when it was made!!!


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