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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)
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)
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)

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 McClure ... 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)
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)

Mary Wickes ... Guest at Orchid Room (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

Also Known As:
109 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

In some sources, Duane Thompson, a silent screen comedy actress, is erroneously credited with the role of a switchboard operator. The 'Duane Thompson' who appears in this film is a male radio announcer and actor of the 1930's who plays himself, i.e. a radio announcer.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 »
Butch:[referring to her gown] If your fans don't explode when you walk into that premiere tonight, I'll tear it to pieces!
Mona Marshall:Do you really think so, Butch?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Out Where the Stars Begin (1938)See more »
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51 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
"Hooray for Hollywood", 1 August 2003
Author: lugonian from Kissimmee, Florida

Hollywood HOTEL (Warner Brothers, 1937), directed by Busby Berkeley, capitalizes on the current trend of Hollywood stories made popular by David O. Selznick's dramatization of A STAR IS BORN. Even though films about Hollywood and the behind the scenes in movie making were nothing new by the time Hollywood HOTEL went into release, Warner Brothers spoofs Hollywood the best way it knows how, spotlighted by Dick Powell's singing, and the musical festivities by Benny Goodman and his Swing Band.

The plot revolves around Ronnie Bowers (Dick Powell), a saxophone player in Benny Goodman's band, winning a talent contest and a ten-week trip to Hollywood, leaving behind band vocalist and teary-eyed girlfriend, Alice Crane (Frances Langford) at the St. Louis Airport. After arriving in Hollywood, Ronnie is escorted by Bertie Walton (Allyn Joslyn), a studio press agent for All-Star Pictures, and Joe (Eddie Acuff), a photographer, to the Hollywood Hotel. The story then shifts over to Mona Marshall (Lola Lane), a temperamental movie star sharing the room with her wacky kid sister (Mabel Todd), her even more bewildered father, Chester (Hugh Herbert), and personal secretary, Jonesy (Glenda Farrell). Because another glamor girl was offered a part she wanted, Mona leaves Hollywood. With Mona's new film, GLAMOUR GIRL, opening that evening, Walton hires waitress, Virginia Stanton (Rosemary Lane), to impersonate her, having Ronnie accompany her to the premiere. When Mona finds she's been misrepresented in public, she arranges for both Virginia and Ronnie to be fired. With Fuzzy (Ted Healy), as his new press agent, Ronnie obtains work at Callahan's (Edgar Kennedy) drive-in eatery before being discovered by director Walter Kelton (William B. Davidson) of All-Star Pictures. Much to Ronnie's surprise, rather than an acting job, he's to have his singing voice dubbed in for Alexander DuPre (Alan Mowbray), Mona's hammy co-star for an upcoming production, LOVE AND GLORY.

Fine tunes in the Hollywood Hotel musical program include: "Hooray for Hollywood" (performed by Benny Goodman's Band, sung by Johnnie Davis, Frances Langford, cast); "I'm Like a Fish Out of Water" (sung by Dick Powell and Rosemary Lane); "Silhouetted in the Moonlight" (sung by Rosemary Lane at the Hollywood Bowl); "Let That Be a Lesson to You" (introduced by Johnnie Davis and played by Benny Goodman's Band, sung by Dick Powell, Rosemary Lane, Ted Healy, Mabel Todd, and drive-in patrons at Callahan's Eats, with occasional interruptions by the nervous Edgar Kennedy); Benny Goodman Band instrumental medley: "Sing, Sing, Sing" and "I've Got a Heartful of Music," "I Hitched My Wagon to a Star" (sung by Alan Mowbray, voice dubbing by Powell); "Silhouetted in the Moonlight" (sung by Jerry Cooper and Frances Langford); "Dark Eyes" (O Tchonia) A Russian folk song performed instrumentally by Raymond Paige and his Orchestra, participated by chorus humming the score; "I Hitched My Wagon to a Star" (sung by Powell); "Sing You Son-of-a-Gun" (sung by Powell and Rosemary Lane) and "Hooray for Hollywood" (sung by Johnnie Davis and cast).

Of the handful of songs heard, especially during the Orchard Room sequence, its only low-point is Jerry Cooper's rendition to "Silhouetted in the Moonlight," opposite Frances Langford. A Langford solo or duet with Powell would have been sufficient. In the motion picture soundtrack to Hollywood HOTEL, compliments of Hollywood Soundstage (1981), the record not only includes the entire musical segments, but outtakes featuring the complete version to "Silhouetted in the Moonlight" which, after Rosemary Lane's solo, existing in the final print, is joined in by the singing Powell with a duet conclusion. Another cut is Benny Goodman's Band playing to "I Got a Heart Full of Music" and "House Hop," portions that were used in the musical short, FOR AULD LANG SYNE (1938), a tribute to Will Rogers.

Hollywood HOTEL, under Busby Berkeley's supervision as director, is a musical of lavish scale, with none of his trademarks of surrealistic choreography for which he is famous. There's plenty of singing but no dancing, coming off like a 1940s musical, especially during the Benny Goodman's Band interludes consisting of future legends as Lionel Hampton, Harry James (on the clarinet), and Gene Krupa (drummer) performing. Ronald Reagan, another soon-to-be lead actor and future U.S. President is seen briefly as a radio announcer during the premiere of LOVE AND GLORY.

Hollywood HOTEL is a far cry from being the best of the Warner Brothers musical cycle, but in many ways it's a nostalgic look to its bygone golden age, giving a glimpse of makeup artist, Perc Westmore, appearing as himself, glamorizing the ordinary waitress Rosemary Lane into movie star quality. With the exception near the conclusion of the story, Rosemary hardly shares any scenes with her older but look-alike sister, Lola.

Interestingly, the one thing missing in Hollywood HOTEL which was common place in films about Hollywood on Hollywood is the use of major stars doing surprise guest bits. Imagine Dick Powell's Ronnie Bowers entering the Hollywood Hotel and coming across briefly such big named actors as Bette Davis, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart, or even the use of some inside humor in having him meeting up with Joan Blondell (Powell's off- screen wife). Instead, it uses radio announcers, Ken Niles and Duane Thompson, and newspaper columnist, Louella Parsons, appearing as themselves. Parsons, who was then a noted personality, is a far cry from being a natural performer.

As a spoof, Hollywood HOTEL purposely finds the temperamental Lola Lane overacting all over the place; Hugh Herbert "woo-wooing" in and out of scenes; and in a movie within a movie, the premiere of LOVE AND GLORY, a Civil War story, is noticeably a disguised version to Margaret Mitchell's then best selling novel "Gone With the Wind," with the central character called Captain Cutler (in place of Rhett Butler). Quite lengthy at 109 minutes, it's worthy screen entertainment. Look for it next time it plays on Turner Classic Movies. (***)

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