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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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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Brooks and Roscoe
2 March 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Windy Riley Goes Hollywood (1931)

** (out of 4)

Rather forgettable but I guess historically interesting short, which features Louise Brooks just after being kicked out of Hollywood. This was also directed by Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle who was working under a fake name. A cigar chomping idiot (Jack Shutta) takes a trip to San Fran but ends up in Hollywood where he gets work trying to resurrect the career of a fallen star (Louise Brooks). This short features only two laughs but it remains mildly entertaining due to Brooks in her first talky. Paramount ruined her career by saying she couldn't do talkies due to a bad voice but she sounded fine here. She certainly brought a lot more energy than this film deserved.


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