4.4/10
173
9 user 2 critic

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.

Director:

(as William Goodrich)

Writers:

(story), (continuity and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Pandora's Box (1929)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The rise and inevitable fall of an amoral but naive young woman whose insouciant eroticism inspires lust and violence in those around her.

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Francis Lederer
Miss Europe (1930)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Lucienne, typist and gorgeous bathing beauty, decides to enter the 'Miss Europe' pageant sponsored by the French newspaper she works for. She finds her jealous lover Andre violently ... See full summary »

Director: Augusto Genina
Stars: Louise Brooks, Georges Charlia, Augusto Bandini
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Thymiane is a beautiful young girl who is not having a storybook life. Her governess, Elizabeth, is thrown out of her home when she is pregnant, only to be later found drown. That same day,... See full summary »

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Louise Brooks, Josef Rovenský, Fritz Rasp
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

After killing her treacherous step-father, a girl tries to escape the country with a young vagabond. She dresses as a boy, they hop freight trains, quarrel with a group of hobos, and steal ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Wallace Beery, Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A Parisian descendant of Don Juan vows to stop philandering in order to win the hand of a virtous young lady with a disapproving father.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Frank Fay, Laura La Plante, Joan Blondell
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A beautiful showgirl, name "the Canary" is a scheming nightclub singer. Blackmailing is her game and with that she ends up dead. But who killed "the Canary". All the suspects knew and were ... See full summary »

Directors: Malcolm St. Clair, Frank Tuttle
Stars: William Powell, Jean Arthur, James Hall
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two sailors with a rivalry over chasing women become friends. But when one decides to finally settle down, will this mysterious young women come between them?

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: Victor McLaglen, Robert Armstrong, Louise Brooks
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

After gold shipments from a mining town have been hijacked, the three Mesquiteers buy a plane to fly the gold out. The owner of the shipping line brings in Eastern gangsters to thwart them.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: John Wayne, Louise Brooks, Ray Corrigan
Empty Saddles (1936)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Finding a deserted cattle ranch, Buck buys it and turns it into a dude ranch. But Buck is quickly in trouble with sheep men who want the ranch and then with outlaws who kidnap the daughter of the wealthy Mr. Grant.

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: Buck Jones, Louise Brooks, Harvey Clark
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

To prove his thesis that any product--even one that doesn't exist--can be merchandized if it is advertised properly, a young man gets together with his father's savvy secretary to market a ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Tuttle
Stars: Norman Foster, Carole Lombard, Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher
Romance | Musical | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Artist Jimmy Hudson (Cary Grant) is stuck in Mexico unable to pay his hotel bill. Meanwhile, Louise Fuller (Grace Moore) opera singer is stuck in the same town unable to return to the US ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Riskin, Harry Lachman
Stars: Grace Moore, Cary Grant, Aline MacMahon
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Richard Rosson
Stars: James Hall, Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Jack Shutta ...
Windy Riley
...
William B. Davidson ...
(as William Davidson)
Dell Henderson
Wilbur Mack
Walter Merrill
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 May 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Gas Bag  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Wrong Place
8 November 2006 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

The story is about a fellow who ends up in the wrong place, directed by someone (fatty Arbuckle) who was in the wrong place because he previously was in the wrong place. And the reason to watch it is Lousie Brooks of course. She had already had an amazing rise and fall in the US, then to Europe where she found her greatest roles. Then immediately back here in this meatball, this weedpatch.

Its her first talkie. She had been in a Philo Vance mystery that was horrid. (One of the subsequent ones is on my list of films you must see.) Like there, as here, she's charmless, which is darn interesting.

She's the same beauty, but its a different eye. This eye isn't looking for the afterglow, the savor of the lingering survey, the woman hidden beneath the woman who pretends she is seductively visible.

Wrong place. Its as interesting as being in the right place.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Windy Riley Goes Hollywood (1931) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?