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?
The faith-healing evangelist Big Sister (played by Geraldine Page
) is based on Aimee Semple McPherson
, a.k.a. Sister Aimee. Born in Canada, McPherson came to Hollywood in 1919, and founded the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. As depicted in the film, she was one of the first evangelists to use the new medium of radio to reach a widespread audience. In 1923, McPherson led the construction of Angelus Temple in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The temple, which still stands today, originally included two radio towers to broadcast her revival sermons. McPherson's revivals at the temple were regularly attended by thousands of people. She often employed faith healing during her sermons, and donations for the church were taken with the admonishment, "No coins, please." McPherson continued her revival broadcasts until 1944, when she died from an accidental drug overdose while on a tour in Oakland, California. She is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale in an elaborate grave adorned by white marble angels. See more
At the premiere of The Buccaneer
, the announcer calls special attention to Anthony Quinn
's bit part. In 1938, Quinn was a little-known 23-year-old at the start of his career, and his presence in that film would only be of widespread interest looking back a few decades later. 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. ...
Referenced in The Simpsons: Penny-Wiseguys
WHO'S YOUR LITTLE WHO-ZIS
by Walter Hirsch
, Al Goering
and Ben Bernie See more