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Windy Riley Goes Hollywood (1931)

 -  Short | Comedy  -  3 May 1931 (USA)
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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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Betty Grey
William B. Davidson
Wilbur Mack
Dell Henderson
Walter Merrill
E.H. Allen
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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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of great historical value but overall a pretty lame comedy short
29 July 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The best things about this lame little comedy are that you actually get to briefly hear Louise Brooks talk (she did mostly silent films) and that it is a short film, not full-length! It just isn't very funny and is a dud in so many ways--especially since the lead, Jack Shutta ("Windy Riley") is about as entertaining as Ebola! Plus, it really doesn't help that the script is pretty limp and poor Miss Brooks is given practically NOTHING to do in the film--she's just there! However, despite all the shortcomings, this is interesting because it's one of the very few times you get to hear Miss Brooks speak on film. Most of her famous films were either silents or poorly dubbed films that were originally silent (MISS EUROPE). However, this isn't a great film if you want to hear her talk because the film quality is very, very poor---which is the case with so many early nitrate films. This film is included with DIARY OF A LOST GIRL and the producers of the Kino video admit that the film quality is a mess but include it because of its significance. Interestingly enough, although you can't hear her perfectly, Miss Brooks appeared to possibly have either a speech defect or perhaps an odd accent--either way, her voice might just be the reason she retired soon after this film.


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