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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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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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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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Constance Bennett pays for fame in "What Price Hollywood".

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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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David O. Selznick wanted Clara Bow for the role of Mary Evans, but she turned it down when she was offered more money from Fox. 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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Louise
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
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First rate pre-code brilliance.
29 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A terrific picture and new to me. I think I had heard of it, perhaps showing at a pre-code festival at the Film Forum here in New York. Maybe not. Anyway caught it by accident on TCM today and what a find. Early George Cukor "woman's picture" I guess and has to be one of the earliest (1932) Hollywood pix about Hollywood. Brilliant, witty script with lots of stuff which would've been censored after the Code went into effect a couple of yrs. later. Great performances by Constance Bennett and Lowell Sherman, both of whose work I had very little knowledge of. I had never even heard of Lowell Sherman and he is just amazing in the role of a director with a drinking problem. Oh and that's Gregory Ratoff as foreign-born producer. I think he reprised that role a few times, of course most notably as Max Fabian in All About Eve, which was on the tube over the weekend and is hard to tune away from once you start watching...and listening, like this was. I could go on--but just catch it if you can!


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