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What Price Hollywood? (1932)

Passed  -  Drama  -  24 June 1932 (USA)
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The career of a waitress takes off when she meets an amiable drunken Hollywood producer.

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Cast

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Mary Evans
Lowell Sherman ...
Max Carey
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Lonny Borden
Gregory Ratoff ...
Julius Saxe
Brooks Benedict ...
Muto
Louise Beavers ...
The Maid
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George Reed ...
Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Brown Derby waitress Mary Evans befriends seldom-sober director Max Carey and is soon in the big-time. She hooks eastern millionaire Lonnie Borden but he soon tires of the Hollywood lifestyle and of playing second fiddle to a star. Carey looks on with interest when he can see straight. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Release Date:

24 June 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hollywood Madness  »

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Budget:

$411,676 (estimated)
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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Max Carey was modeled after Lowell Sherman himself, who was known to be an alcoholic, as well as silent film director Marshall Neilan and actor John Barrymore (who was Sherman's brother-in-law at the time). The wedding satirized the 1927 nuptials of Vilma Banky and Rod La Roque. See more »

Goofs

When Mary is filming her first bit part she drops her script on the stairs, which then disappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Mary Evans is admiring a magazine photo of Clark Gable]
Mary Evans: Hmmmm. Oh, boy!
[Mary places the magazine photo against her face and pretends Gable is her lover. She speaks in an exaggerated voice]
Mary Evans: Daaahling, how I love you my daaahling, I love you I do.
[she puts the magazine down and returns to her normal voice]
Mary Evans: It's getting late and I must scram.
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Connections

Featured in The Men Who Made the Movies: George Cukor (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Days Are Here Again
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Milton Ager
Part of a medley played during the opening credits
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"Priceless" is What Price Hollywood?
12 January 2001 | by (Los Angeles, California, USA) – See all my reviews

The direction of George Cukor for this film is excellent. The three lead characters have three charming, yet completely different personalities. The great talent of George Cukor doesn't allow the energy of any of his characters to wane. The performance of Lowell Sherman only adds to the wonderful script, and only the innocence of Constance Bennett is able to carry the role of an aspiring starlet that makes it so believable. Neil Hamilton (later to play the 'Commissioner' on the "Batman" TV series of the mid-1960's) is excellent as the 'love interest'. But it is Lowell Sherman who steals nearly every scene in the wonderful jewel of a film. The story of this film is like many real-life stories of almost everyone who has ever worked in Hollywood - either in front of the camera or behind the lens. To me, this IS the original "A Star is Born", and that is why it is one of my favorite films of all time. From the appearance of Eddie "Rochester" Anderson to the Brown Derby to the scenes of the night life of the early days of Hollywood, "What Price Hollywood?" will always be a memorable film for me.


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