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A young girl arrives in Hollywood determined to become a star in the movies, but finds that attaining stardom is a lot more difficult then she counted on. Howewver, she does become a star of sorts--as the owner of a dog who DOES become a movie star. Written by
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In his top floor office, millionaire businessman Pop Barkley (Emmett Lynn) tells a roomful of reporters the story of his success. He begins his tale in the days when he ran a roadside diner, and the action flashes back to a pretty girl stopping in for a hamburger on her way to Hollywood .
Wanda McKay is perfect as the girl brimming with brightness and confidence. "It'll be different with me," she tells the friend who warns her that fame and fortune are tough to achieve. "I'm positive I'll get my break immediately."
In the diner, McKay briefly encounters the picture's two other stars: Jimmy Ellison, a popular (and handsome) Broadway playwright on his way to Hollywood himself to write for the movies; and Daisy, the friendly and talented dog who appears from nowhere, begs a meal, and then hitches a ride the rest of the way to the coast.
The dialog is slick, the pacing fast, and the acting enthusiastic in this sweet and nutty comedy. Much of the humor is broad yet affectionate satire of Hollywood types and conventions; Leon Belasco, for example, is the crazy imported director who bashes the latest script he is given: "The dialog is terrible, it's full of accents," he gripesin his own exaggerated European accent.
Even better is Ralph Morgan as studio boss B. B. Lavish (of Lavish Studios), whose next big picture is going to be a mammoth biography of Napoleon, his hero. He has busts of Napoleonwhich he talks todisplayed all around his office. He stands with one hand tucked inside his shirt, Bonaparte-style, when making pronouncements or decisions. Also, his secretary is named Josephine.
A typical line from Robert Greig as (of course) the exceedingly dignified butler: "It has always been my contention, sir, that Hollywood is not a place. It's a state of mind."
Ellison and McKay are charming, witty and beautiful; they look good together and are easy to cheer for. However, it's Daisy who practically steals the show: Daisy dances to Strauss's "Emperor Waltz" playing on the juke box, reacts humorously to the other characters' follies, and just generally out-cutes everyone else on the screen.
Somewhat unfortunately, the picture wraps up in rather a hurry. (We never do find out just how the diner owner made it from burger flipper to millionaire .) But overall, what a happy-spirited movie, even if it doesn't make a lot of sense! Good, wacky fun.
Oh, just for the record: B.B. Lavish's name is not pronounced as you would expecteveryone addresses him as "Two B's."
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