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Hollywood Hobbies (1939)

Approved | | Short, Comedy | 3 May 1939 (USA)

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Two starstruck movie fans hire a tour guide and see a plethora of Hollywood stars.

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Two female tourists in Hollywood take a personally guided tour. They are hoping to see many movie stars and they aren't disappointed. Their first spotting is of Reginald Denny testing out his model airplanes. Then on the girls' direction, the tour guide follows a car driven by 'Clark Gable', who, at his final destination, they spy whitewashing his barn. They then stop by the Bel-Air Stables owned by Robert Young and Allan Jones, who are both there with Jones' wife, Irene Hervey, discussing what to name their new foal. Their final stop is to the baseball diamond where a cavalcade of movies stars are playing in a charity game, with the comedians playing against the leading men. The girls end up sitting closer to their two celebrity crushes, James Stewart and George Murphy, than they realize. Written by Huggo

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Pasatiempos de Hollywood  »

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'Dick Powell' has jersey #16 on his back. When he hits a home run, the man swinging has #19. See more »

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Tourist: I still wish we could get Jimmy Stewart's autograph.
James Stewart: [wearing sunglasses and turning around] Um, girls, I beg your pardon, but I think we can arrange to get those autographs for you.
George Murphy: [also wearing dark glasses] Sure, we'd be happy to sign those books.
Tourist: [not recognizing them] Fresh guys!
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Except for the tourists and tour guide, all cast credits are given orally during the movie. See more »

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The Stars Play Ball for MGM
24 October 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

In Hollywood, sleepy tour guide (and future "Bowery Boy") William "Billy" Benedict awakens from a nap and takes perky tourists Joyce Compton and Sally Payne to see some celebrities. Although Mr. Benedict's car doesn't advertise the fact, this tour's focus is on "Hollywood Hobbies". First, the trio see actor Reginald Denny and one of his model airplanes. Next, the girls are thrilled to spot Clark Gable in a station wagon. They follow Mr. Gable to his barn and watch him mix some white-wash, and spray the barn.

The Bel-Air stables belonging to horse-loving partners Robert Young and Alan Jones are next visited. The men and Irene Hervey (Mrs. Jones) wait for the birth of a surprisingly dapper colt. It's been difficult to top Clark Gable white-washing his barn, but the three stargazers strike celebrity gold when they happen upon a movie star baseball game. It's the annual match-up between "the comedians and the leading men." Ms. Compton and Ms. Payne sit behind Jimmy Stewart and George Murphy to watch the game.

Caesar Romero, Spencer Tracy, Tyrone Power, Jane Withers, and the lovely Virginia Bruce are also in the stands. James Cagney is there with his mother. Players include Joe E. Brown, the Ritz Brothers, and young Buddy Ebsen. Arthur "Dagwood" Lake shares some thoughts. Mary Pickford throws out the first pitch. With Milton Berle playing short stop and Buster Keaton covering third, Dick Powell effortlessly hits a home run. The over-the-fence ball awakens Benedict, who is napping again...

Time to take the girls back to the Sunset Strip, Billy!

This was an interesting early credit for comedian Morey Amsterdam, who would move from radio to become a popular TV star. With the exception of James Stewart and George Murphy, the celebrity appearances were edited into the main story (by Tom Biggart for MGM). Biggest name in the cast was the then very popular Clark Gable. The retired, but obviously not tired, Mary Pickford has a notable appearance. These ballgames were a reality, and went on at Los Angeles and or New York sites through at least the 1980s.

***** Hollywood Hobbies (5/3/39) George Sidney ~ William 'Billy' Benedict, Joyce Compton, Sally Payne, Clark Gable


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