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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:
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Tim Bart
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Gloria Gay
Victor Kilian ...
Slim
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Mr. Forsythe
Charles Arnt ...
Jed Reed
Granville Bates ...
Sam Bennett
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Arthur Loft ...
Pete
Edgar Dearing ...
Joe Stevens
James Donlan ...
Shorty
Bill Burrud ...
Billy - The Kid (as Billy Burrud)
Zeffie Tilbury ...
Miss Gordon
Harold Goodwin ...
Buck
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Pappy
Zeni Vatori ...
Joe Spogoli
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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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7 September 1937 (USA)  »

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Once a Hero  »

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Samuel Fuller received his first screen credit on this film, as a screenwriter. See more »

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Movie company is supposedly shooting a scene at an actual bank at corner of Hollywood and Vine, but in reverse angle shots, it is clear that buildings on other side of street are fake sets. See more »

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Opening credits cast shown as the pages of a book. See more »

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It Happened in Hollywood
30 December 2011 | by (Portland OR) – See all my reviews

A silent Western star gets left behind in the talkie era. Of course, this movie has some pretty stiff competition from SINGIN' IN THE RAIN and SUNSET BOULEVARD. And let's be honest, it doesn't even come close to either one, lacking the rapturous joy of the former or the incisive cynicism of the latter. But it is slightly interesting in that it was made so soon after the transition. For Richard Dix this was surely a real concern (probably not so much for Fay Wray). However, Dix's character is such a golly-gee swell egg (he can't play a gangster, it would let down his fans!) that the film feels rather lightweight and bland. The earnest little boy who worships him doesn't make it any easier to swallow. Still, it goes down easy enough to be watchable, and includes one genuinely terrific scene of a party featuring star doubles, including pretty good facsimiles of Garbo, West, Chaplin, Dietrich and Fields.


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