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What Price Hollywood? (1932)

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

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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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$411,676 (estimated)
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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 Bánky and Rod La Rocque. See more »

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As Lowell Sherman enters the Brown Derby, the entry door at the actual exterior location changes from multi-paned to single-paned at the interior, soundstage set. See more »

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[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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All of Me
(1931) (uncredited)
Written by Seymour Simons and Gerald Marks
Sung a cappella in part by Louise Beavers
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The Best of the "Star is Born" versions
31 May 1999 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

I guess its the fluttering fingers of the Judy Garland cohort that have given her version of A Star is Born the best rating. The first version of Star is best version but, alas, the lowest rated. I give it a Ten to pull up the average. I also give it a Ten, because if Gaynor's and Garland's are worthy of Tens then, by God, so is Bennett's.

Just the presence of the ethereally lovely Constance Bennett, plus Lowell Sherman's superior performance as a washed up director (he really was a director), render the others tired re-makes.


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