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Hollywood Story (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 June 1951 (USA)
During the 1950s Hollywood, an independent producer unwisely opens an old can of worms when he decides to make a movie about the 1930s unsolved murder of a famous silent-film director.

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Larry O'Brien
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Sally Rousseau / Amanda Rousseau (as Julia Adams)
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Police Lt. Bud Lennox
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Sam Collyer
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Mitch Davis
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John Miller
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Roland Paul
Katherine Meskill ...
Mary
Louis Lettieri ...
Jimmy Davis
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Francis X. Bushman
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Betty Blythe
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William Farnum
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Helen Gibson
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Joel McCrea
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Storyline

Hollywood 1950: The successful producer Larry O'Brian arrives in Los Angeles to found a motion picture company. He buys an old studio which was unused since the days of silent movies. He's shown the office where the famous director Franklin Farrara was shot. The case hasn't been solved until now, although there were many suspects. O'Brian becomes fascinated by the subject and wants to shoot a movie about it. He investigates himself and soon gets into danger himself. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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We can't tell you what this picture is about ... without giving away the secret that rocked the lives of five fabulous people!


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1 June 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Richard Conte Hollywood Story  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The studio that was rented in the film that had the bungalow was actually Charlie Chaplin's Studio See more »

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References The Texas Bad Man (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Song of India
(uncredited)
Written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Arranged by Ferde Grofé Sr.
Played by the player piano in Franklin Ferrara's office
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A good mystery with a fascinating back story

My position is exactly the same as that of bsnmsn. I saw this on "The Late Show" (for me, a locally-operated movie slot following the post-prime time news), where I saw numerous great, old films. Then, years later I learned about the William Desmond Taylor murder and recognized the parallels to this movie. Just couldn't be coincidence. I think I've seen "Hollywood Story" once since then, either on local TV in the late 70s to early 80s, or on a cable channel (TBS, WGN, WOR) in the early 80s. I keep scouring the listings of Turner Classic Movies for it, but so far no luck. BTW, I gave it a 7 out of 10, dropping a little because I remember it as looking somewhat low-budget; it IS an early William Castle effort.


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