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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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(RCA Photophone System)

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Despite the Bad Reviews, a Funny Comedy
4 October 2011 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The arrogant driver Windy Riley (Jack Shutta) 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, the actress Betty Gray (Louise Brooks) 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 the film director Joseph Ross expecting to promote the film and Betty Gray. But the 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.

Despite the bad reviews, "Windy Riley Goes Hollywood" is a funny comedy and the first talkie of Louise Brooks. The lead character, Windy Riley, is a non-charismatic, imbecile and pretentious man and maybe this is the reason why many viewers do not like this short. Another point is that the talented and gorgeous Louise Brooks is wasted in a small role. But for a 1931 short, I found it enjoyable and funny. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Windy Riley Vai para Hollywood" ("Windy Riley Goes to Hollywood")


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