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Hollywood Hotel (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 15 January 1938 (USA)
Ronny Bowers, a saxophonist in Benny Goodman's band has won a talent contest an got a ten week contract with a film studio. On his first evening he is supposed to go with the studio's star ... See full summary »

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Ronny Bowers, a saxophonist in Benny Goodman's band has won a talent contest an got a ten week contract with a film studio. On his first evening he is supposed to go with the studio's star Mona Marshall to a movie premiere. But this lady doesn't want to go, so the bosses decide to use for Mona a double, Virginia. When Mona finds out next morning that happened, she insisted to fire her double and Ronny. Ronny finds work as singing waiter in a drive in, and is spotted by a director of the same studio, who wants him to lend his voice for an leading actor in a musical. After the first screening the actor is invited by Louella Parsons to sing in her program "Hollywood Hotel". He accepts, but he doesn't know that Ronny Bowers does not want to lend him his voice again. So everybody starts to play his little game to solve his own problems. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Deleted from the film score was the bluesy ballad "Can't Teach My Old Heart New Tricks" (music by Richard A. Whiting, lyrics by Johnny Mercer), performed by Frances Langford and Johnnie Davis with Benny Goodman and His Orchestra. Contemporary recordings were made by Miss Langford for Decca Records; and by the Goodman orchestra for the Victor label, featuring vocalist Martha Tilton, who did not appear with the band in the movie. See more »

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After Ronnie and Virginia wade through a fountain, they're standing at the edge with their arms around one another, each holding their shoes in their hands. When they kiss, Ronnie tosses his shoes away and we hear them land in the water, then Virginia does the same. But Ronnie has his back to the fountain, so his shoes should have landed on the grass, not in the water. See more »

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Bernie Walton: She looks very well like Mona Marshall, but can she act like her?
Virginia: [imitating Mona Marshall] Oh, my thyroids!
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Referenced in Lost L.A.: Dream Factory (2017) See more »

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Have You Got Any Castles, Baby?
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting (as Dick Whiting)
Played at the Orchid Room when Virginia asks Ronnie to dance
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A partly immortal movie
14 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

It was a hell of a job to grab a video tape of that movie, still but seldom shown on TV in the States, but invisible in France since it was contradictorily issued, in the late forties. Well, the beginning with the Goodman band's motorcade is a landmark, saluted by many critics as the sweeping entrance of the Swing Era in motion pictures. Lead by Benny and Johnnie Davis, plus Frances Langford (still alive in Florida and just re-married at 80), the band gives a tremendous start to a picture which soon looses its impetus, occasionally rewinded by the hilarious appearances of Hugh Herbert plus the wits of Glenda Farrell or Ted Healy. As a little pest, Mabel Todd is not convincing. After two syrupy tunes, we get a good staged crowd number at the Callaghan's restaurant, with allusions to Columbus, before the real gem comes, from the Orchid Room: the second part of SING, SING, SING (Christopher Columbus), with Krupa, Goodman and James at their best, unfortunately for just three minutes (but they weigh ten times more than the 5'30" of the same standard, as re-created in BENNY GOODMAN STORY. It's the difference between genuine music and re-heated soup). But Berkeley gets our pardon by setting immediately after a brilliant number with Benny's Quartet (HOUSE HOP, not I'M A DING DONG DADDY FROM DUMAS, as stated in IMDB's credentials). That makes five GREAT minutes for the millions of jazz fans still in love with swing. A second quartet number, GET A HEARTFUL OF MUSIC, was deleted by the production. Then the movie keeps moving, with an astonishing performance of DARK EYES, by Raymond Paige and his "battalion" of musicians and singers - what critics would call "jazz symphonique" - before everybody gets together for the finale,with SING, SING, SING, YOU SON OF A GUN. The 6.7 mark is severe, because the beginning and the five minutes of pure swing are invaluable. I urge TIME WARNER to issue this movie in video, for people who lack my courage to hunt for copies. henry caraso


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