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Going Hollywood (1933)

Passed  |   |  Musical, Romance  |  22 December 1933 (USA)
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Sylvia is the French teacher at Briarcroft's School for Girls, but she wants to find romance. When she hears Bill on the radio, she decides to leave and thank him. But he is on his way to ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Bill Williams
Fifi D'Orsay ...
Lili Yvonne
Ernest P. Baker
Ned Sparks ...
Bobby Watson ...
Three Radio Rogues
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Armetta ...
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Sylvia is the French teacher at Briarcroft's School for Girls, but she wants to find romance. When she hears Bill on the radio, she decides to leave and thank him. But he is on his way to Hollywood with Lili to make a movie. When Sylvia gets to Hollywood, she finds that seeing Bill again is almost impossible, but she gets a job in the chorus. Then when Lili quits the picture, Sylvia is tapped to play her character. But the part she wants is with Bill, a part that Lili seems to have. Written by Tony Fontana <>

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Musical | Romance


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Release Date:

22 December 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Paid to Laugh  »

Box Office


$914,000 (estimated)


$962,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Marion Davies requested Bing Crosby as her co-star, but William Randolph Hearst, the financial backer of Cosmopolitan Productions, refused because he did not like Crosby's singing style. Composer Arthur Freed, however, convinced Hearst that Crosby would be good for Davies' sagging career. Davies also requested Fifi D'Orsay be cast as "Lili", and Hearst agreed despite his wish to cast Lili Damita in that role. See more »


Bill 'Billy' Williams: [singing] Out where they say, "Let us be gay," I'm goin' Hollywood. I'll ballyhoo greetings to you, I'm goin' Hollywood. Hey, while you sleepyheads are in that hay, I'll be dancing - I'm gonna be dancing with a sun-kissed baby. And I'm on my way - here's my beret, I'm going Hollywood!
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Bizarre, but worthwhile
6 October 1999 | by (Albany NY, USA) – See all my reviews

Strange plot casts Marion Davies as, essentially, a stalker. After hearing Bing Crosby on the radio, she throws over her old >life to follow him to Los Angeles. Davies is appealing, as >usual, and there are some nice comic bits from Patsy Kelly. The >highlight, however, is Crosby singing his early classic >"Temptation".

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