Alice in Movieland (1940)

Approved  |   |  Short, Drama, Music  |  3 March 1940 (USA)
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In a U.S. town that could be anywhere, 18-year-old Alice Purdee wins a free trip to Hollywood. With the assistance of a cheerful porter, she takes the night train and dreams about her ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Alice Purdee (as Joan Brodel)
Nana Bryant ...
Agatha Winters
Clara Blandick ...
Train Porter


In a U.S. town that could be anywhere, 18-year-old Alice Purdee wins a free trip to Hollywood. With the assistance of a cheerful porter, she takes the night train and dreams about her arrival. Instead of instant success, she meets disappointment after disappointment, and she needs the unexpected encouragement of her grandmother and an aging, former star whom she meets at a talent night. Finally she gets a call to be an extra, and she's so hopeful that the regulars decide to make a fool of her. Is this the end of Alice's dream? Not if the porter has anything to say about it. Written by <>

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Release Date:

3 March 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Broadway Brevities (1940-1941 season) (#2): Alice in Movieland  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Photos hanging on the wall of the studio include Bette Davis, Ida Lupino and Ann Sheridan. See more »


Brighten the Corner Where You Are
(1913) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Gabriel
Played by the band at the train station
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Nice Drama
29 March 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Alice in Movieland (1940)

*** (out of 4)

Two-reeler from Warner about a small town girl (Joan Leslie) who arrives in Hollywood hoping to become a star but she suffers one disaster after another. When she finally gets a bit part in a film she lets her dreams go too far and this here leads to another embarrassment. This is an interesting little short for a number of reasons but the biggest is because of how painful and rather embarrassing it treats the main character. A lot of shorts were made about young girls coming to Hollywood but this one here is rather painful to watch because Leslie is so good in her role that we really start to care for it and it's rather sad seeing some of the jokes pulled on her. The film manages to have some nice backbone to it and it really has some great drama. Leslie is terrific in her role as the dreamy kid and we even get Clarence Muse as a train porter who gives her some sound advice. Alan Hale, Ronald Reagan, Craig Stevens, Alexis Smith and Jane Wyman appear in a brief scene at a club where Leslie is about to act. It's obvious the stars were filmed at other times and just edited into this film but it's still nice seeing them. Fans of older movies will certainly want to check this one out as there's a lot more soul and heart than you'd normally see in a film like this.

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