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Jerry Wald (screen play) &
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Release Date:
15 January 1938 (USA) See more »
Ronny Bowers, a saxophonist in Benny Goodman's band has won a talent contest an got a ten week contract with a film studio... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Dick Powell ... Ronnie Bowers

Rosemary Lane ... Virginia

Lola Lane ... Mona Marshall

Hugh Herbert ... Chester Marshall

Ted Healy ... Fuzzy

Glenda Farrell ... Jonesy
Johnnie Davis ... Georgia

Louella Parsons ... Louella Parsons

Alan Mowbray ... Alexander Duprey

Mabel Todd ... Dot Marshall

Frances Langford ... Alice
Jerry Cooper ... Jerry Cooper
Ken Niles ... Ken Niles
Duane Thompson ... Duane Thompson

Allyn Joslyn ... Bernie Walton

Grant Mitchell ... B.L. Faulkin

Edgar Kennedy ... Callaghan

Fritz Feld ... The Russian

Curt Bois ... Dress Designer
Perc Westmore ... Perc Westmore

Eddie Acuff ... Cameraman
Clinton Rosemond ... Colored Man

William B. Davidson ... Director Kelton (as William Davidson)
Wally Maher ... Asst. Director Drew
Georgie Cooper ... Seamstress (as Georgia Cooper)
Libby Taylor ... Cleo
Joseph Romantini ... Waiter (as Joe Romantini)
Paul Irving ... Bramwell
Raymond Paige and His Orchestra ... Paige's Orchestra
Benny Goodman and His Orchestra ... Goodman's Orchestra
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Benny Goodman ... Leader of His Orchestra
Raymond Paige ... Leader of His Orchestra
Pearl Adams ... Mammy in Civil War Drama (uncredited)
Marvin Bailey ... Singer at Callahan's Drive In (uncredited)

Don Barclay ... Friend (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Man at Premiere (uncredited)

Sonny Bupp ... Little Boy (uncredited)
Bobby Callahan ... Little Boy (uncredited)

Leonard Carey ... Dupre's Butler (uncredited)
Hugh Chapman ... Little Boy in Car (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Man at Premiere / Man at Restaurant / Guest at Orchid Room (uncredited)
Allan Conrad ... Casting Assistant (uncredited)

Jack Curtis ... Guest at Orchid Room (uncredited)
Alan Davis ... Assistant (uncredited)
Vince Degen ... Singer at Callahan's Drive In (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Onlooker at Premiere (uncredited)

Lester Dorr ... Casting Assistant (uncredited)

Ruth Eddings ... Girl in Nightclub (uncredited)

Marianne Edwards ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Demetris Emanuel ... Waiter (uncredited)
Betty Farrington ... Woman Onlooker (uncredited)
Jerry Fletcher ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Allen Fox ... Casting Assistant (uncredited)

Harry Fox ... Shoe Salesman (uncredited)
Eddie Graham ... Eddie (uncredited)
Sid Grauman ... Sid Grauman (uncredited)
Harrison Greene ... Drive-in Patron with 3 Boys (uncredited)

George Guhl ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Lionel Hampton ... Benny Goodman Vibraphonist (uncredited)

John Harron ... Radio Representative (uncredited)

Susan Hayward ... Starlet at Table (uncredited)
Al Herman ... Casting Man (uncredited)

Robert Homans ... Hollywood Bowl Watchman (uncredited)
Howard Hudson ... Singer at Callahan's Drive In (uncredited)
Amo Ingraham ... Girl in Nightclub (uncredited)

Harry James ... Benny Goodman Trumpeter (uncredited)
Patsy 'Babe' Kane ... Casting Assistant (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Owen King ... Casting Assistant (uncredited)

Gene Krupa ... Benny Goodman Drummer (uncredited)

Carole Landis ... Hat Check Girl with Coat (uncredited)
Ethelreda Leopold ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Al Lloyd ... Man in Movie Theater (uncredited)
Jean Maddox ... Hotel Maid (uncredited)
Jerry Mandy ... Waiter (uncredited)
William Mansell ... Dot's Partner (uncredited)

Frank McLure ... Man at Premiere (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... Man at Premiere (uncredited)

Bert Moorhouse ... Man at Orchid Room (uncredited)

Frances Morris ... Casting Assistant (uncredited)
Jackie Morrow ... Page Boy (uncredited)

Jack Mower ... Airport Guard (uncredited)
David Newell ... Casting Assistant (uncredited)

Barry Norton ... Man at Premiere (uncredited)

Spec O'Donnell ... Youth in Lobby (uncredited)
George O'Hanlon ... Casting Assistant (uncredited)
George Offerman Jr. ... Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Jean Perry ... Frenchy (uncredited)

Ronald Reagan ... Radio Host at Premiere (uncredited)
John Ridgely ... Tall Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)

Constantine Romanoff ... Falsetto-Voiced Man with Ice Cream Cone (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Man in Hollywood Hotel Lobby (uncredited)

Jeffrey Sayre ... Co-pilot (uncredited)
Bill Seckler ... Singer at Callahan's Drive In (uncredited)

Janet Shaw ... Girl at Premiere (uncredited)

John Sheehan ... Premiere Guest Missing Coat (uncredited)
Dina Smirnova ... Russian Woman (uncredited)

Bert Stevens ... Guest at Orchid Room (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Guest at Orchid Room (uncredited)
David Leo Tillotson ... Little Boy (uncredited)

Rosella Towne ... Secretary (uncredited)

Joan Valerie ... Girl at Premiere (uncredited)

Dale Van Sickel ... Man at Hollywood Hotel Desk (uncredited)

Victoria Vinton ... Girl in Nightclub (uncredited)

Bobby Watson ... Casting Assistant (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Photographer (uncredited)

Leo White ... Hotel Guest / Autograph Seeker (uncredited)

Paul Whiteman ... Producer at Callahan's Drive In (uncredited)
Poppy Wilde ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Teddy Wilson ... Goodman Pianist (uncredited)
Dan Wolheim ... Guest at Orchid Room (uncredited)
William Worthington ... Man at Premiere (uncredited)

Directed by
Busby Berkeley 
Writing credits
Jerry Wald (screen play) &
Maurice Leo (screen play) and
Richard Macaulay (screen play) (as Richard Macauley)

Jerry Wald (original story) and
Maurice Leo (original story)

Produced by
Samuel Bischoff .... associate producer (uncredited)
Bryan Foy .... associate producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Ray Heindorf (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld (uncredited)
Cinematography by
George Barnes (musical numbers photographed by)
Charles Rosher (photography)
Film Editing by
George Amy (film editor)
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas  (as Robert Haas)
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
Production Management
Robert Fellows .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Charles David Forrest .... sound (as David Forrest)
Oliver S. Garretson .... sound
Vivian Austin .... stunt double: Rosemary Lane (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Ray Heindorf .... orchestral arrangements
Fletcher Henderson .... music arranger (uncredited)
Tony Romano .... vocal arranger (uncredited)
Other crew
Gene Lewis .... dialogue director
Busby Berkeley .... dances created and directed by (uncredited)
Matty King .... assistant dance director (uncredited)
Anita Weber .... stand-in: Rosemary Lane (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictres Imc.) (A First National Picture)

Additional Details

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109 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

The sequence with the Benny Goodman Quartet - white musicians Goodman on clarinet and Gene Krupa on drums, and Black musicians Ted Wilson on piano and Lionel Hampton on vibes - performing "I've Got a Heartful of Music" was the first time a racially mixed band was shown in a film.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Mona Marshall:[Outraged that the studio has used a double to stand in for her at a premiere:] Thousands of girls think they look like me, and where are they?
Fuzzy Boyle:They're having their faces changed.
Mona Marshall:[to her double:] How dare you go around with a face like mine?
Fuzzy Boyle:Why don't you send your face to Washington and have it copyrighted?
Mona Marshall:It *is* copyrighted. For years, my face has been on the sidewalk, in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
Fuzzy Boyle:Yeah, well why don't you leave it there?
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This Grand Plan Comes Off, But it Ain't Pretty, 9 December 2011
Author: DLewis from United States

A sprawling, huge, hot mess of a musical from Busby Berkeley and the last of his cycle of features for Warners; not to mention the only one that doesn't contain any dedicated dance routines. Dick Powell is the center of attention, playing a small town saxophonist with the Benny Goodman Orchestra (?) who heads off to Hollywood to work a short stint at a movie studio he has won in a contest, only to take the fall for a stunt involving a stand in for a major star who discovers the ruse and has them both fired. He does fall for the girl, and he doesn't lose her this time, but simply makes himself scarce at points. Along the way we hear some fine, and not so fine, Johnny Mercer and Richard Whiting penned production numbers, and Benny Goodman does make it back into the picture somehow, though that is not explained, and he and his fabulous 1937 orchestra and quartet provide the film with its finest moments. And just in time, as by February of 1938 the orchestra as it is here was basically disbanded.

One wants to draw comparisons with "A Star is Born," released by the Selznick studio in April of 1937, and this may have been intended as an upbeat answer to the very downbeat Selznick picture. It opens with a rousing, energy filled sequence with Powell, Goodman, Frances Langford and Johnny "Scat" Davis introducing the song "Hooray for Hollywood" which has since become a theme song for Tinseltown of sorts, even if the movie it came from isn't particularly well remembered. There is a nice and useful montage of the facades of some of the most famous Hollywood restaurants, all demolished now. Then this leads into a very, very long second chapter, setting up the premise, and this part of the film seems to take forever; it is quite some time before we make it to another song. While there are no dance routines, there are large scale co-ordinations of action, particularly in a complex sequence in Callahan's Drive In involving carhops, Powell, Ted Healy, Edgar Kennedy, a studio executive, customers and crashing dishes. It's emblematic of the whole film; Berkeley has all of these balls up in the air -- the Benny Goodman and (over the top) Raymond Paige Orchestra, Powell, duplicitous studio executives, Lola Lane as a snooty, self-absorbed star and real life sister Rosemary Lane playing her double, the antics of Hugh Herbert, a parody of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (or "Gone with the Wind," or both) as part of a film within a film, a radio show with Louella Parsons (who is not at all comfortable on screen), celebrity radio hosts, songs etc. But these elements don't really shake hands; things happen because they happen. We see Frances Langford, dewy-eyed, singing Dick Powell away to the train station at the start and later she returns to sing on the radio program that Dick Powell makes his way onto, but we don't know why or how she got there. "Hollywood Hotel" throws all manner of things at us to impress us, but ultimately it's Benny Goodman and "Hooray for Hollywood" that stays with you; as a film, and story, nothing seems to stick together very well here.

There is some dated, and unfortunate, racial humor of the kind that doesn't travel well with post-modern audiences, but mercifully such scenes are brief. And, in a sense, being able to see Lionel Hampton and Teddy Wilson as the stars and expert musicians they are in Goodman's quartet makes up for that, though this sequence was placed as it is deliberately so that it could be lifted out of the film when it played the South. It seems that with any 1930s film that Warner Bros. sensed was in trouble they'd find a way to drop Hugh Herbert into the mix; a mixed blessing. Here, he is abysmal. I do not object as much to Mabel Todd's character as some of the other commentators here, but I agree that she is not the film's strongest asset. Powell soldiers on through his typically wide-eyed boy character from earlier Berkeley musicals, but here you get the sense he is running out of patience with the role and is playing him as a stock. Both Healy and Alan Mowbray are funny; though this was not Healy's last picture, it was the last to open in his lifetime -- he died the day after its Hollywood premiere. There is an amusing subtext about the vagaries of dubbing pictures, and several nice shots of Hollywood landmarks of the past. One may argue that there is not enough of Glenda Farrell, and at least one musical number was cut from the picture, but more is not necessarily what one wants from this film; even at a minute short of two hours, it feels really long. "Hollywood Hotel" is worth seeing for Goodman, and some of the songs; otherwise, this one must have given Busby Berkeley no end of headaches. With all that's going in "42ND Street," every action and every character links together. It just doesn't happen in "Hollywood Hotel;" the rooms are over-booked.

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