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Once in a Lifetime (1932)

Approved | | Comedy | 2 October 1932 (USA)
Story of a Hollywood studio during the transition from silents to talkies.

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Cast

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Jack Oakie ...
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Aline MacMahon ...
Russell Hopton ...
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Gregory Ratoff ...
Jobyna Howland ...
Mrs. Walker
Onslow Stevens ...
Gregory Gaye ...
Eddie Kane ...
Meterstein
Johnnie Morris ...
Weiskopf (as Johnny Morris)
Frank LaRue ...
The Bishop
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Dr. Lewis' Secretary
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Story of a Hollywood studio during the transition from silents to talkies.

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Comedy

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2 October 1932 (USA)  »

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Una vez en la vida  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

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Trivia

Aline MacMahon created the role of May Daniels in the first tryout of the play. (Source: Moss Hart's autobiography 'Act One'.) See more »

Quotes

George Lewis: This darling industry of yours is the most awful thing that I've ever run into. Why can't you people act like human beings, anyhow?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are followed by a written message from producer Carl Laemmle saying critics had questioned whether he would use the material that "so mercilessly and so hilariously poked fun at Hollywood and its motion picture people." But, he says, laughter is needed "in times like these." See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Flash: Deadly Nightshade (1991) See more »

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The Bridal Chorus
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Music by Richard Wagner
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Fast-passed gem of the early sound era.
19 December 2001 | by (Newport Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

This almost-forgotten comedy gem stars Jack Oakie and the underrated Aline MacMahon. Based on playwrights George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's first collaborative effort, it pokes fun at Hollywood studios and the transition to sound. A great film!


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