MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 14,496 this week

Going Hollywood (1933)

Passed  |   |  Musical, Romance  |  22 December 1933 (USA)
8.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.3/10 from 1,286 users  
Reviews: 25 user | 8 critic

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 »

Director:

Writer:

(screen play)
0Check in
0Share...

Interview: Magic Mike

The Magic Mike XXL guys give some relationship advice to a 74-year-old fan.

Watch Now

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 41 titles
created 04 Jan 2011
 
a list of 72 titles
created 22 Mar 2011
 
a list of 4999 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 866 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 38 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Going Hollywood" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Going Hollywood (1933)

Going Hollywood (1933) on IMDb 8.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Going Hollywood.
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Millionaire turned composer Dick Powell rescues unemployed Broadway people with a new play.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Warren William, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Loretta Dalrymple, a homely young country girl comes to New York City and gets a job as a chambermaid in a large hotel. She meets Ed Olson, a photographer out of work, and Dan Riley, a ... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Marion Davies, Pat O'Brien, Dick Powell
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Small time con artist Lefty Merrill has co-organized a crooked dance marathon and set-up his girlfriend to win the prize money. When his partner disappears with money before the contest is ... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: James Cagney, Mary Brian, Allen Jenkins
Silver River (1948)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Unjustly booted out of the cavalry, Mike McComb strikes out for Nevada, and deciding never to be used again, ruthlessly works his way up to becoming one of the most powerful silver magnates... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Errol Flynn, Ann Sheridan, Thomas Mitchell
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Mae West plays Rose Carlton, the kept woman of Chan Lo (Harold Huber), who takes her from walking the streets to pacing the floors of her high rent apartment... See full synopsis »

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Mae West, Victor McLaglen, Phillip Reed
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Attractive Nan, member of a bank-robbery gang, goes to prison thanks to evangelist Dave Slade...who loves her.

Directors: Howard Bretherton, William Keighley
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster, Lyle Talbot
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Jack Benny, Ida Lupino, Richard Arlen
Drama | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A German spy ring plans to publicize a false rumor that Russia, who is fighting Germany, plans to invade neutral Turkey in order to ally them with the Nazis.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: George Raft, Brenda Marshall, Sydney Greenstreet
Lady Killer (1933)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A former gangster makes it big in Hollywood, but his old life catches up with him.

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: James Cagney, Mae Clarke, Margaret Lindsay
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Assorted wacky characters converge on a Chinese hotel to bid on a new invention...television.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland
Stars: W.C. Fields, Peggy Hopkins Joyce, Rudy Vallee
The Bowery (1933)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

"In the Gay Nineties New York had grown up into bustles and balloon Sleeves ... but The Bowery had grown younger, louder and more rowdy until it was known as the 'Livest Mile on the face of... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Wallace Beery, George Raft, Jackie Cooper
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Peggy and her friend Millie are strolling down Broadway while Jimmy and Mac are trolling Broadway, and the four get together. Jimmy and Peggy get together in many romantic ways and Peggy ... See full summary »

Directors: Alan Crosland, Erich von Stroheim, and 2 more credits »
Stars: James Dunn, Zasu Pitts, Boots Mallory
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Bill Williams
Fifi D'Orsay ...
Lili Yvonne
...
Ernest P. Baker
Ned Sparks ...
Conroy
...
Jill
Bobby Watson ...
Thompson
Three Radio Rogues
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Armetta ...
(scenes deleted)
Edit

Storyline

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 <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

22 December 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Paid to Laugh  »

Box Office

Budget:

$914,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$962,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Remember Me
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Jack O'Brien
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Jimmy Hollywood imitating Morton Downey
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Mr. Crosby Steals Film From Miss Davies
1 February 2002 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

When she discovers that the crooner she adores is GOING HOLLYWOOD, a liberated school teacher dogs his steps all the way to the Studio sound stages.

Marion Davies tries her hardest to entertain in this tinsel town spoof, but neither the script (based on a story by the celebrated Frances Marion) nor the direction give her much leeway. Raoul Walsh seems a curious choice to direct this kind of film, but he must have had William Randolph Hearst's approval or he never would have been given the assignment. The trouble is that Marion has little chance to be anything other than sweet & pleasant - when finally given the opportunity to do a wicked spoof of co-star Fifi D'Orsay, she's terrific. Unfortunately, moments like that come all too rarely.

Leading man Bing Crosby comes off rather better, showing the casual charm that would make him a huge star. And he gets to sing some fine tunes by Nacio Herb Brown & Arthur Freed, including the classic ‘Temptation' and the fun ‘We'll Make Hay While The Sun Shines.' Although his character is a bit of a cad, Bing never fails to deliver the goods to the audience.

A troika of character performers add sparkle to the proceedings: earnest Stuart Erwin as a film producer; caustic Ned Sparks as a dictatorial director; and tomboy Patsy Kelly as a plain-talking gal trying to break into the movies.

Movie mavens will spot Clara Blandick & Nora Cecil as two of the ossified instructors at the girls' school, and Sterling Holloway as a recording mike technician - all uncredited.

Oddly, this film about the Hollywood movie business takes time out to poke fun at contemporary radio stars. Mimic singers & impressionists, The Radio Rogues will provide a smile to viewers with very long memories.

***********************

Time has not dealt kindly with Marion Davies. Almost forgotten today, when remembered at all it is usually as a sort of footnote to history or object of scandal. Her life certainly was colorful, and as chatelaine of America's most amazing private estate she did circulate amidst powerful circles. But to remember her as only the bimbo blonde mistress of the country's mightiest media baron is patently unfair.

While much of the blame can go to Orson Welles' spoof of Davies in CITIZEN KANE (which he was to admit he regretted towards the end of his life) it must be stated emphatically that Marion was not a no-talent actress with few friends & even fewer brains, whose career was destroyed by her stammer, leaving her to spend lonely years in great, hulking empty castles.

In reality, Davies was a bright, vivacious lady who charmed & captivated such diverse guests as George Bernard Shaw & Winston Churchill throughout her 33-year liaison with Hearst. Adored by her friends and a fierce cadre of fans, Davies was renowned for her tireless generosity and charitable good works. Her speech impediment never affected her screen acting and her undeniable talent was evident to any who were willing to assess her performances honesty and look past the scandal.

Davies had to have been embarrassed by the Hearst empire's relentless pushing of her career. She knew this left her open to ridicule & mockery, doubtless contributing to her scarcely concealed alcoholism. But she eventually relinquished her film pursuits in order to care for the aging Hearst, and after his death in 1951 she showed herself to be an astute businesswoman during the remaining ten years of her life.

It is only now, with the passage of much time & the restoration of her old movies, that it is becoming easier to acknowledge the contributions & cinematic expertise of Miss Marion Davies.


23 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
burgess meredith sighting lkpo90
Beautiful Girl mheckman-1
Discuss Going Hollywood (1933) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?