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Paradise Alley (1962)

| Drama | June 1962 (USA)
As studio financing dwindled away for Hugo Haas, his last film as a writer-director-producer has certain autobiographical elements, a cast featuring several film veterans from the silent ... See full summary »

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As studio financing dwindled away for Hugo Haas, his last film as a writer-director-producer has certain autobiographical elements, a cast featuring several film veterans from the silent era, and a storyline containing a metaphoric commentary on Hollywood. When former European film director Agnus (Haas) witnesses bickering in a boarding house, he sets out to prove the innate goodness of people. Casting neighbors and the boarding house tenants in his new film, titled "The Chosen and the Condemned," he succeeds in creating peace, unity and harmony in the neighborhood. However, it's all a deception, since Agnus has no film in his camera. When a studio head learns of the project, he bankrolls a budget that enables Agnus to actually complete the film. Written by Bhob <bhob2@earthlink.net>

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At about 43:30 into the movie, Mr. Nicholson, (played by Tom Fadden), is doing a crossword puzzle and asks his wife, played by Margaret Hamilton, what is a five letter word ending in "ch" for "woman". He then assures her that the answer is not "witch", but "wench". This is obviously a playful reference to Margaret Hamilton playing the Wicked Witch of the East in The Wizard of Oz (1939). See more »

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Pleasant viewing, and worth watching for great talent
30 January 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A social commentary on people being neighborly. Hugo Haas is a former director who notices how people in his neighborhood are mean to one another. He proposes to shoot a movie (fake, of course), and the whole neighborhood comes together to be discovered. Billy Gilbert and Margaret Hamilton have wonderful scenes together, and Marie Windsor is a hoot as a would be glamour girl. William Schallert has a prominent role towards the end of the film. If you like this movie, then by all means watch "What's So Bad About Feeling Good?".


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