A flamboyant Broadway impresario who has fallen on hard times tries to get his former lover, now a Hollywood diva, to return and resurrect his failing career.

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Broadway director Oscar Jaffe (John Barrymore) is a bigger ham than most actors, but through sheer drive and talent he is able to build a successful career. When one of his discoveries, Lily Garland (Carole Lombard), rises to stardom and heeds the call of Hollywood, Oscar begins a career slide. He hits the skids and seems on his way out, until he chances to meet Lily again, on a train ride aboard the Twentieth Century Limited. Oscar pulls out all the stops to re-sign his former star, but it's a battle... because Lily, who is as temperamental as Oscar is, wants to have nothing to do with her former mentor. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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Although Billie Seward receives on-screen billing for her role as Anita, most of her performance ended up being cut; in the final version, she only has one very brief scene with the conductor. See more »

Goofs

When Jaffee claims he has an inspiration he grabs Owen's coat, and in the next shot his hand is open. See more »

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Oliver Webb: What we need is a play, something she can read and see herself walking up and down the stage in.
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Featured in The Men Who Made the Movies: Howard Hawks (1973) See more »

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Happy Days Are Here Again
(1929)
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Sung a cappella by Walter Connolly
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A runaway zany trainload
12 September 1998 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

John Barrymore leads a great cast in this zany comedy of life in the theater. His performance alone is worth seeing as he proves what a gift he had for comedy. The rest of the cast is wonderful too. And if you disagree, I'll close the iron door on ya!


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