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Hollywood - The Second Step (1936)

Approved | | Short, Drama | 2 June 1936 (USA)
This short follows the early career of actress Jane Barnes. She starts by doing extra work. After several months she is offered a studio contract (the "first step"). However, her work ... See full summary »

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This short follows the early career of actress Jane Barnes. She starts by doing extra work. After several months she is offered a studio contract (the "first step"). However, her work consists mostly of fashion shoots and bit parts that end up on the cutting room floor. She is even used as a stand-in for Maureen O'Sullivan on the set of a Tarzan movie when camera angles and lighting must be set up. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Although one of the players is identified by the narrator as being director Richard Thorpe, it is not Thorpe we see on screen, but an uncredited, unidentified actor filling in for him. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood, Extra!!! (2014) See more »

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The struggle to be noticed
21 June 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The real life actress Jane Barnes is used as a prototype subject for the struggle of women in particular to be noticed by the powers that run the studio(s). In fact Ms. Barnes had a minor career before leaving the industry and lived a long life and hopefully a happy one.

We see Barnes in a variety of occupations be it extra or stand-in for Maureen O'Sullivan in a Tarzan film always looking for that big break. No doubt it's a heartbreaking process for those thousands of attractive young hopefuls who back in the day flocked to Tinseltown hoping to be the one who has the fabulous career.

It might have been interesting to see if MGM made a similar short subject of the male of the species.

Maureen O'Sullivan and Chico Marx are seen in this film. It's a struggle to be noticed.


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