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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Sylvia Bruce
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Bill Williams
Fifi D'Orsay ...
Lili Yvonne
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Ernest P. Baker
Ned Sparks ...
Conroy
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Jill
Bobby Watson ...
Thompson
Three Radio Rogues
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Henry Armetta ...
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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>

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Musical | Romance

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Release Date:

22 December 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Paid to Laugh  »

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Budget:

$914,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$962,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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!
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Featured in Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

After Sundown
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung by Bing Crosby at a Mexican Restaurant
Reprised by him singing offscreen
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good songs make the story almost endurable
5 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bing Crosby truly was the quintessential vocalist of his time. I strongly recommend Gary Giddins bio on Bing; an excellent reference.

Anyway, the story may be weak in this film, but the songs and Bing's clear baritone voice make up for it.

An interesting tidbit about this film: Of course Marion Davies was W.R. Hearst's mistress, and Hearst financed the film. Ms. Davies thus took full advantage of the situation by showing up for filming at 10 AM, shooting a scene or two before a four hour lunch replete with all the catered trimmings and wines. The day wound down by 4PM.

It's no wonder it took six months to shoot this film in an era when the typical film was shot in 2 weeks!


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