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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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Tour Guide (as William Benedict)


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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Short | Comedy


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Release Date:

3 May 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pasatiempos de Hollywood  »

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


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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Crazy Credits

Cast members listed following Billy Benedict are identified by the narrator or other cast members. Those following Truman Bradley are identified by him as he announces a celebrity baseball game. Of the three Ritz Brothers, only Harry Ritz is identified individually; Al Ritz and Jimmy Ritz are later identified collectively as 'The Ritz Brothers'. See more »


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Fun for the Stars
15 January 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Hollywood Hobbies (1939)

*** (out of 4)

Pretty good "let's show off our stars" short from MGM is cheaply made but we at least get to see countless A-list stars. The film centers on a couple tourists who take a trip across Hollywood where they get to see a few famous faces like Clark Gable and Reginald Denny. The two then go to a charity baseball game where more stars appear including James Stewart, Spencer Tracy, Buster Keaton, Joe E. Brown, Virginia Bruce, Joan Davis, Buddy Ebsen, Mary Pickford, Tyrone Power, Dick Powell, the Ritz Brothers, Cesar Romero and many more. The actual "plot" of this short is pretty silly but that's to be expected as the main goal is to just show as many Hollywood stars as possible and this film certainly does that. A lot of the footage is just edited in from previous films but we do get quite a bit of actual footage including a funny bit with the ladies wanting Stewart's autograph and not realizing that he's sitting in front of them.

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