6.2/10
174
9 user 1 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Comedy | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two gold-digging process servers are tasked with subpoenaing one's boyfriend, who has been using a pseudonym to avoid breach-of-promise servings and suits.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Joan Blondell, Glenda Farrell, Hugh Herbert
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A down and out private eye falls for a woman he has been hired to frame.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: William Powell, Margaret Lindsay, Ruth Donnelly
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Everyweek Newsmagazine editor Richard Kurt pursues psuedo-portait artist Marion Forsythe on her arrival from Europe after painting (and possibly being involved with) notables all over the ... See full summary »

Director: Edward H. Griffith
Stars: Ann Harding, Robert Montgomery, Edward Everett Horton
Romance | Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a dancer disappears from a theater, her former lover asks lawyer Clay Dalzell to investigate, leading him on a trail of murder and deception.

Director: Stephen Roberts
Stars: William Powell, Ginger Rogers, Paul Kelly
Free and Easy (1941)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Max and his father are both looking to marry wealthy women. The task would be far easier if either one of them had any money of their own. Max decides on Martha, but Martha says no when he ... See full summary »

Directors: George Sidney, Edward Buzzell
Stars: Robert Cummings, Ruth Hussey, Judith Anderson
Secret People (1952)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

This tale of intrigue finds Valentina Cortese involved in an assassination plot. She helps the police apprehend the conspirators after an innocent bystander is accidentally killed.

Director: Thorold Dickinson
Stars: Valentina Cortese, Serge Reggiani, Charles Goldner
Zenobia (1939)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A modest country doctor in the antebellum South has to contend with his daughter's upcoming marriage and an affectionate medicine show elephant.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Oliver Hardy, Harry Langdon, Billie Burke
Danger Lights (1930)
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The tough boss of a railroad yard befriends a young hobo, and unwittingly places in jeopardy his relationship with the woman he loves.

Director: George B. Seitz
Stars: Louis Wolheim, Jean Arthur, Robert Armstrong
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Crime lab expert Gordon McKay uses the latest forensic techniques to solve murders in a city plagued by political corruption and mob rackets.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Van Heflin, Marsha Hunt, Lee Bowman
Kitty Foyle (1940)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A hard-working, white-collar girl from a middle-class family meets and falls in love with a young socialite, but she soon clashes with his family.

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Ginger Rogers, Dennis Morgan, James Craig
What a Woman (1943)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A literary agent is pursued by the charming writer of a popular magazine while she attempts to sway one of her clients, a handsome but innocent college professor, to star in an upcoming movie based on his best-selling novel The Whirlwind.

Director: Irving Cummings
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Brian Aherne, Willard Parker
Pretty Baby (1950)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young working girl, trying to find a way to get a seat on the subway, takes along a baby doll to insure a way. She ends up getting stuck in a thick plot to sell an ad to a rich client who... See full summary »

Director: Bretaigne Windust
Stars: Dennis Morgan, Betsy Drake, Zachary Scott
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
...
Hugo Wells
...
Thomas 'Tom' Darcy / 'The Hawk'
...
Al
...
Alexander Peyton
...
Detective Decker
...
Dickson
Alec Craig ...
Movie Studio Receptionist
Jimmy Conlin ...
Crisby (as James Conlin)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 January 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lights Out  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Quotes

Michael Winslow: I beg your pardon, but I'm really awfully sorry about this afternoon. It was my own stupid...
Barbara Lang: It's quite all right.
Michael Winslow: You don't like me.
Barbara Lang: I don't see what difference that makes.
Michael Winslow: You know, I'm the kind of a fellow, when you first meet me you don't like me. But after you get to know me better... you hate me.
Barbara Lang: Oh, I'll never hate you.
Michael Winslow: Well, that's something.
Barbara Lang: Because I'm *not* going to know you any better.
See more »

Connections

References Captains Courageous (1937) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Forgotten Gem
12 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

I came across this by accident and discovered that over time people have lost sight of this movie and that is a shame. Herman Tibbits (Paul Guilfoyle) gets out of five years in prison and just wants to be a duck farmer. His wife Goldie is not sure she wants that and thinks that one more robbery would help them considerably. In an attempt to steal what they think is $50,000 they meet up with a struggling writer named Mike Winslow (Lee Tracy) who is on the same train as them heading to Hollywood.

There are many plot lines to this movie. Winslow is trying to get in good with Barbara Lang (Joan Woodbury), who wants to be an actress. Mike wants to write movie scripts for Wonder Studios. Herman and Tibbits want to go straight and work with Winslow. In fact, it is Herman who knows how to be a real robber and that is what helps Winslow write very effective movie scripts. Turns out they are too effective as they are based on Herman's life before prison and that makes the attention of The Hawk (the head of the gang that Herman had been part of) who the movies are about.

It is all of that coming together that makes this such an interesting movie. The movie keeps up a steady, increasing pace throughout. The dialogue is crisp and well written. The start of the movie lays out a very solid foundation. The middle builds the pace and the ending has a lot of action. It is amazing that a 65 minute movie has so much in it and yet doesn't leave you wondering what got missed (nothing does). 9/10


12 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page