Life's flotsam and jetsam turn up at late 1930's Hollywoodland's door, once more, in this insightful tale of wannabes and desperadoes. Tod Hackett, artist, has inspirations to become noticed until he meets Faye Greener, blonde bombshell, and is immediately smitten. She has other ideas. She has Homer Simpson, victim, in her sights and cruelty and loneliness takes new meaning as all three are slowly sucked into the Hollywood system of sycophants, diggers and parasites, sucking the life from others as the life, and soul, is slowly sucked from them. Written by
By train. By car. By bus. They came to Hollywood... In search of a dream.
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Did You Know?
This picture, about faded dreams in the Hollywood of the 1930s, actually garnered two Academy Award nominations, for Best Cinematography (Conrad L. Hall
) and Best Supporting Actor (Burgess Meredith
), but failed, like the film's major characters, to be successful. See more
In the first few minutes of the movie there is a drive up a road to the Hollywoodland sign. The road ends at a sightseeing/tourist spot and parking area at the foot of the "H." In reality the road passes behind the sign and above it on the hill. The hillside at the "H" is too steep for a road/parking area and there are no traces of one ever having been there. See more
It isn't as splashy as some other places, but we pride ourselves on being a little classier.
[referring to a large crack in the plaster wall
Hmmm, the crack's real.
Oh yes. We call this our earthquake cottage. Mrs. Porter had occupancy then. During the big one in '33. Property damage ran into the millions.
Will you fix it if I stayed for a while?
Oh no! No! This is our showplace. Mrs. Porter wouldn't let us touch that wall. She worked that sampler herself to cover over the hole. ...
MAMA DON'T WANT NO PEAS AN' RICE AN' COCOANUT OIL
by L. Charles and L. Wolfe Gilbert See more