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Writers:
Ethel Hill (screen play) &
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Release Date:
7 September 1937 (USA) See more »
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Cast

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Richard Dix ... Tim Bart

Fay Wray ... Gloria Gay
Victor Kilian ... Slim
Franklin Pangborn ... Mr. Forsythe
Charles Arnt ... Jed Reed
Granville Bates ... Sam Bennett
William B. Davidson ... Al Howard
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
Charles Brinley ... Pappy
Zeni Vatori ... Joe Spogoli
Wade Boteler ... Patrolman
Helen Brown ... Nurse
Mary Jane Temple ... Nurse
Robert Chisholm ... Englishman
Zita Moulton ... Englishwoman
Tom Chatterton ... Bank Manager
Byron Foulger ... Chet
Sam McDaniel ... Black Porter
Miki Morita ... Japanese Gardener
Arthur Wanzer ... Addison
D'Arcy Corrigan ... Shakespearean Actor
Scotty Beckett ... Boy
Delmar Watson ... Boy
Tommy Bupp ... Boy
Fred Walburn ... Boy
Wally Albright ... Boy
Sammy McKim ... Boy
Richard Terry ... Bank Robber / Driver
George Chesebro ... Bank Robber
Eddie Laughton ... Bank Robber
Don Brodie ... Don - Sound Man Don
Eddie Fetherston ... Eddie - Assistant Director
Beatrice Curtis ... Eleanor - Script Girl
Edward Hearn ... Cop
Lucille Lund ... American Girl
Harry Strang ... Joe Pratt
John Tyrrell ... Burt
Cyril Ring ... Rudy - Cameraman
Frank Ellis ... Gorman
Georgie Billings ... Tough Boy
Billy Wolfstone ... Fat Boy
Charles Williams ... Hymie - Photographer
Alexander Palasthy ... Russian
Francis Sayles ... Waiter
C.L. Sherwood ... Bum
Bruce Sidney ... Bank Manager
Philip Waldron ... Clark Gable
Doc Dearborn ... William Powell
Bob O'Keefe ... James Cagney
Howard Bruce ... Edward Arnold
Joan Beauchamp ... Myrna Loy
Margaret Wormser ... Loretta Young
John Bohn ... John Barrymore
Arthur McLaglen ... Victor McLaglen
James May ... W.C. Fields
Eugene DeVerdi ... Charles Chaplin
Charles Dow Clark ... Joe E. Brown
Frank Brown ... Harold Lloyd
Virginia Rendell ... Mae West
Carol Dietrich ... Marlene Dietrich
Frankie Farr ... Eddie Cantor (as Franky Farr)
Earl Haddon ... Bing Crosby
Berna Mack ... Claudette Colbert
Don Eddy ... Dancing Fred Astaire
Lillian Tours ... Dancing Ginger Rogers
Beatrice Coleman ... Ginger Rogers
Betty Dietrich ... Greta Garbo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Colleen Bawn ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Interne in Children's Ward (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Reporter (uncredited)
Bruce Grant ... Boy (uncredited)
Roderick Grant ... Boy (uncredited)
Paul Hilton ... Boy (uncredited)
Richard Holland ... Boy (uncredited)
Edward LeSaint ... Doctor (uncredited)
Jack Low ... Dresser (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Pat McCall ... Boy (uncredited)
Burton Cagney Miller ... Boy (uncredited)
Marilyn Milner ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Billy Smith ... Boy (uncredited)
Bobs Watson ... Boy (uncredited)
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Directed by
Harry Lachman 
 
Writing credits
Ethel Hill (screen play) &
Harvey Fergusson (screen play) &
Samuel Fuller (screen play) (as Sam Fuller)

Myles Connolly (story "Once a Hero")

Produced by
Myles Connolly .... associate producer
William Perlberg .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker 
 
Film Editing by
Al Clark 
Otto Meyer 
 
Art Direction by
Stephen Goosson 
 
Costume Design by
Robert Kalloch 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur S. Black Jr. .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Lodge Cunningham .... sound engineer
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
 

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Runtime:
67 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Revealing mistakes: 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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22 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Give me a double, 1 March 2002
Author: F Gwynplaine MacIntyre from Minffordd, North Wales



"It Happened in Hollywood" (1937)is a frothy little comedy with a brilliant gimmick. The star of the film is Richard Dix, a rugged actor who usually played two-fisted action roles but occasionally gave excellent performances in romantic comedies. It won't spoil your fun if I tell you the gimmick. Some of Hollywood's biggest stars of the time (1937) make brief appearances in this film, including Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, James Cagney, W.C. Fields ... plus Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd, who hadn't officially retired from acting yet. Now here's the gimmick: all of those big stars are played in this film by THEIR OWN STAND-INS, the wanna-be actors and actresses who (unlike most actors) had full-time employment in the Hollywood studios, but who only kept working by copying the physical appearance of a better-known actor (or actress) and following that actor from one film role to the next. (Stand-ins, unlike stunt doubles, almost never appear onscreen: their chief job is to stand in for the "real" actor during time-consuming lighting set-ups, wearing a duplicate of that actor's costume. Stand-ins are required to maintain the same build, hairstyle and complexion as the person whom they're imitating, which limits their ability to get acting jobs in their own right.)

So, in "It Happened in Hollywood" we meet Bing Crosby, played by an obscure lookalike actor whose real-life job was to stand in for the genuine Bing during all of Crosby's films. John Barrymore (Drew's grandfather) is played here by Barrymore's full-time double. Victor McLaglen is played by his own brother, who was his real-life stand-in. Marlene Dietrich and Garbo are played by their own stand-ins: real-life sisters named Dietrich (no relation to Marlene).

This gimmick wouldn't work nowadays, because movie stars no longer have long-term relationships with a single movie studio; consequently, they use a different stand-in for each film, and they don't maintain ongoing working relationships with a particular lookalike.

I'll rate "It Happened in Hollywood" 4 out of 10.

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