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Hollywood Newsreel (1934)

Approved | | Short | 24 March 1934 (USA)

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A variety of stories from "behind the scenes" in Hollywood. There's a report on a second gold rush in California. The 1934 Rose Bowl winners, from Columbia University, visit Warner Bros. ... See full summary »

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A variety of stories from "behind the scenes" in Hollywood. There's a report on a second gold rush in California. The 1934 Rose Bowl winners, from Columbia University, visit Warner Bros. studios ands seem to have a particularly good time with the dancers from an upcoming musical. Joan Blondell makes an appearance after a recent illness and thanks her fans. There's a shot of Elmer the trained lamb and Sammy Fain sings a couple of his compositions from an upcoming film. Written by garykmcd

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This film short is available as a bonus on the Warner DVD of 42nd Street (1933). See more »

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References Merry Wives of Reno (1934) See more »

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Simple and Sweet
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Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal
Performed by Sammy Fain (vocals and piano) and Hal Le Roy (tap dance)
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About as candid a film record as those modern day "Reality TV Shows"
3 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE FACT THAT the cameras were rolling and committed the images of the persons present at the Warner Brothers lot made this at lest somewhat worthwhile. That would be perhaps the one and only redeeming bit of social importance present.

WITHOUT ACTUALLY STATING so, the one reeler passes itself off as a part of the newsreel genre. It follows the well excepted format of mixing voice over of silent footage with occasional dialogue from participants. The action moves rapidly from one situation and "Star" to another, with the occasional interruption of a title card or two.

ANOTHER DEVICE THAT is missing, but would have done well to have been included is a disclaimer stating that the producing company, the Vitaphone Corporation, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Brothers and not so coincidentally, all of the actors appearing in and films coming out featured are Warner Brothers own.

IT'S NOT THAT we believe that this sort of shameless self-promotion to be banned, for we don't hold that position. After all, didn't Walt Disney make good use of this method in promoting his new pictures via the weekly DISNEYLAND TV Show.


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