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Variety Girl (1947)

Dozens of star and character-actor cameos and a message about the Variety Club (show-business charity) are woven into a framework about two hopeful young ladies who come to Hollywood, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Hatcher ...
Catherine Brown / Juliet
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Bob Kirby
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Bill Farris
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Mrs. Webster
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Andre - Brown Derby Headwaiter
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Busboy at Brown Derby
Elaine Riley ...
Cashier (Brown Derby)
Charles Victor ...
Mr. O'Connell's Assistant
Gus Taute ...
O'Connell's Assistant's Assistant
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Manager - Grauman's Chinese Theatre
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Dozens of star and character-actor cameos and a message about the Variety Club (show-business charity) are woven into a framework about two hopeful young ladies who come to Hollywood, exchange identities, and cause comic confusion (with slapstick interludes) throughout the Paramount studio. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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29 August 1947 (USA)  »

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Mädchen für Hollywood  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor) (cartoon sequence)|

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1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Two of its earliest documented telecasts took place in Phoenix Tuesday 26 May 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12) and in Pittsburgh 30 August 1959 on KDKA (Channel 2). It was released on DVD 27 May 2014 as part of the Universal Vault Series and again 11 November 2014 as one of 24 titles in Universal's Bing Crosby Silver Screen Collection. See more »

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Bing Crosby: [after Bob Hope falls off the stage during their dance number] I sure do miss Fred Astaire!
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Spoofs The Public Enemy (1931) See more »

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TIRED
Written by Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher
Sung by Pearl Bailey
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An all-star tribute to the philanthropic Variety Clubs International
1 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

... and that's as flimsy an excuse for a parade of stars as there ever was. This one seems more forced and artificial than such films normally do.

Many of the stars have little or nothing to do in their cameos: Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster, Diana Lynn, and especially Robert Preston. Perhaps they're the lucky ones, given the limp nature of the script. They might have wound up like Spike Jones -- he and his City Slickers are far more obnoxious here than they were in "Thank Your Lucky Stars" (1943). Or the pitiable Alan Ladd, singing about that greatest of cities, Tallahassee, Florida. Seriously.

The occasional bright spots include Paulette Goddard wearing soapsuds, and Ray Milland hiding his telephone in an overhead light fixture, à la "The Lost Weekend".

I was also keen to see the rarely glimpsed, grey-haired Glenn Tryon, the male lead in 1928's magnificent "Lonesome", one of the final great achievements of the American silent film. "Lonesome" is comparable in some ways to King Vidor's "The Crowd", but is much less frequently discussed.

I think few would argue if I were to say that "Variety Girl" is for completists only.

Caveat emptor: This film's recent video release in the Bob Hope Collection has the George Pal Technicolor sequence in black and white.


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