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Hollywood Boulevard (1936)

 -  Drama  -  21 August 1936 (USA)
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With a full Hollywood background and settings but more an expose of scandal-and-gossip magazines of the era, has-been actor John Blakeford agrees to write his memoirs for magazine-publisher... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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John Wellington Blakeford
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Patricia Blakeford
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Jay Wallace
C. Henry Gordon ...
Jordan Winslow
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Flora Moore
Esther Dale ...
Martha
Frieda Inescort ...
Alice Winslow
Albert Conti ...
Bill Sanford - Trocadero Manager
Thomas E. Jackson ...
Detective
Oscar Apfel ...
Dr. Inslow
Purnell Pratt ...
Mr. Steinman
Irving Bacon ...
Gus - Trocadero Bartender
Richard Powell ...
Pete Moran
Rita La Roy ...
Nella
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Frank - Director, Desert Scene
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With a full Hollywood background and settings but more an expose of scandal-and-gossip magazines of the era, has-been actor John Blakeford agrees to write his memoirs for magazine-publisher Jordan Winston. When Blakeford's daughter, Patricia, ask him to desist for the sake of his ex-wife, Carlotta Blakeford, he attempts to break his contract with Winston. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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21 August 1936 (USA)  »

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Boulevard de Hollywood  »

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Gary Cooper did the cameo appearance as "man at bar" as a favor to his friend John Halliday, who's career was sinking at the time . See more »

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Remake of The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra (1928) See more »

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Shades of Paramount's Later Sunset Boulevard
14 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

Florey's original cut ran 83 minutes, which I'll agree was too long to hold audience interest in a central story that, although strongly plotted, was weighed down with an inconsequential subsidiary romance featuring an overly verbose and mindlessly self-centered young hero. The shears were desperately needed, but instead of taking them to the youthful egotist, the main story was trimmed instead, throwing the whole movie way off balance. This was bad enough. But worse still was the fact that the repulsive know-it-all who delivers every single line of his wearisome dialogue with such over-the-top enthusiasm, was enacted by the overbearing Robert Cummings, whose non-stop self-adulation even manages to shade his beautiful co-star, Marsha Hunt. Florey's direction was slack in this respect, but fortunately, John Halliday and a fascinating line-up of support players, including Frieda Inescort, Maurice Costello and Gary Cooper, do their utmost to re-focus audience attention. They are helped immeasurably by the superb cinematography of Karl Struss. The Hollywood street scenes and other location cameos like the series introducing Marsha Hunt holding flowers are often breath-taking.


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