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It Happened in Hollywood (1937)

While hospitalized young Billy meets his silent movie idol Tim Bart but then the talkies came, destroying Bart's career. Now Bart must convince his young friend he is still a star.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Bart
Gloria Gay
Victor Kilian ...
Mr. Forsythe
Jed Reed
Sam Bennett
Arthur Loft ...
Edgar Dearing ...
Joe Stevens
James Donlan ...
Billy - The Kid (as Billy Burrud)
Zeffie Tilbury ...
Miss Gordon
Zeni Vatori ...
Joe Spogoli


While hospitalized young Billy meets his silent movie idol Tim Bart but then the talkies came, destroying Bart's career. Now Bart must convince his young friend he is still a star.

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Release Date:

7 September 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Once a Hero  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film was originally titled Once a Hero. See more »


The car used by Tim Bart (Dix) during the making of his film as a gangster about to hold up a bank and the car used later by the three robbers in an actual hold-up attempt bears the same license plate number 6W 4079. See more »

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Tim Bart (A Western Hero Has-Been) Rides Again!
2 March 2014 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Keeping in mind that this, of course, is my own, personal opinion - I think that (unless someone has the blackest heart) It Happened In Hollywood (IHIH, for short) is one of those rare, old films that (even though its story is a tad corny and clichéd) is literally impossible to dislike.

Mind you, I'd say that this 1937 picture is probably best suited for an audience much younger than myself. But still, its good-heartedness and overall appeal makes it a solid 67 minutes of first-rate entertainment, regardless of one's age.

IHIH stars Richard Dix, as Tim Bart, and Fay Wray, as Gloria Gay. Both very competent and attractive-looking Hollywood actors, these 2 were very convincing in their subsequent roles.

The year is 1928 and Tim Bart is a vastly popular, silent-era Cowboy-hero who is completely adored by the youngsters who faithfully flock to his movies. Gloria Gay is forever the damsel-in-distress who is always being rescued from the evil clutches of the story's villain by Bart.

With the coming of sound pictures, Bart's studio, Perfect Pictures, take away Bart's horse and badge and try to re-mold him into a suave leading man in romantic dramas.

But Bart just can't seem to make the transition and so he is dropped by Perfect Pictures and, at this point, he becomes a down-on-his-luck has-been.

Of course, what's in store for Tim Bart turns out to be a very delightful surprise for one and all.

This picture is actually quite an intriguing study of the Tim Bart character.

One of this film's highlights is a huge, outdoor, Hollywood party that is merrily attended by numerous celebrity lookalikes.

Directed by Harry Lachman, I certainly have no qualms about recommending this movie to anyone who can appreciate early, sound pictures.

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