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Crashing Hollywood (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime | 7 January 1938 (USA)
An ex-con, just out of prison, and his wife meet a screen writer on the train and decide that, since he's writing about crime without knowing much about it, collaborating with him would be ... See full summary »

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Barbara Lang
Paul Guilfoyle ...
Herman Tibbets
Lee Patrick ...
Goldie Tibbets
Richard Lane ...
Hugo Wells
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Thomas 'Tom' Darcy / 'The Hawk'
Tom Kennedy ...
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Alexander Peyton
Frank M. Thomas ...
Detective Decker
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Alec Craig ...
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Jimmy Conlin ...
Crisby (as James Conlin)
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An ex-con, just out of prison, and his wife meet a screen writer on the train and decide that, since he's writing about crime without knowing much about it, collaborating with him would be better than starting a duck farm. Things get a bit sticky when the real gangsters show up and want to know how Hollywood knows so much about them. Written by Arlene K. Witt <arlene@inx.net>

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Comedy | Crime

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7 January 1938 (USA)  »

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Lights Out  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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The original play opened in New York City, New York, USA on 14 August 1922, but closed after only 12 performances. See more »

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Entertaining Programmer
22 August 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Sprightly entertainment. The 60-minutes never rises above programmer status but does well with what it has. The plot revolves around a screenwriter (Tracy), his shady collaborator (Guilfoyle), plus an actor and his gangster look-alike (Page). Then there are the girls, a lovely Joan Woodbury and a brassy Lee Patrick. Of course, all of this has to sort out before folks can get on with their lives at the movie studio. Oh yes, shouldn't forget the unruly ducks that are good for a few laughs. And catch the movie's last line, an apparent jibe at the comical Marx Bros.

I love it when the chases around the studio lot crash through the movie sets-- poor Jack Carson (the director) never will complete a shot. Plus we've got two of Hollywood's fastest talkers—Lane and Tracy. In fact, Lane steals the show as a don't-mess-with-me studio boss. I wonder if any of RKO's suits got a message. Actually, Tracy's more subdued than his usual fast-talking reporter, but still fits in well. It's also a good chance to catch some of the studio grounds and soundstages that are nicely blended into the proceedings. No, the movie's nothing special. But it does show again how delightfully entertaining these old programmers can be.


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