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A Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio (1935)

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This short first shows the audience the entrances of the major Hollywood studios, then visits the Warner Brothers/First National studio. We start at the casting office, then get to see ... See full summary »





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This short first shows the audience the entrances of the major Hollywood studios, then visits the Warner Brothers/First National studio. We start at the casting office, then get to see Busby Berkeley and choreographer Bobby Connolly working with chorus girls on production numbers. Then come some candid shots of several contract stars, such as Warren William, Ann Dvorak, and Pat O'Brien. Finally, we see comedian Hugh Herbert filming a scene for an upcoming release. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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2 February 1935 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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This short film is included as a bonus on the Warner DVD of 42nd Street (1933). See more »


[Hugh Herbert finishes putting on his make-up]
Hugh Herbert: A little powder, a little paint, make little Hughie look what he ain't!
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References Wonder Bar (1934) See more »


You Oughta Be in Pictures
Music by Dana Suesse
Played during the opening credits
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Decent Look Behind the Scenes
25 October 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio, A (1935)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Mildly entertaining short from Vitaphone that shows us areal shots of various famous studios including Fox, RKO, Paramount, MGM, Warner and Universal. After these shots from above, we go to the Warner lot where we get to see some behind the scenes stuff including Busby Berkeley directing a scene and Hugh Herbert getting ready to shoot a scene. We also get to see a few stars on the sets just doing everyday things and the stars include James Cagney, Warren William, Pat O'Brien, Ann Dvorak and Dolores del Rio. This is a pretty entertaining little film that's best parts are the shots of the studios high up in the air. Seeing how large these things were and how different they are from one another was pretty interesting. Some of the on the lot footage was pretty good as well and that includes a sequence with O'Brien boxing and Cagney asking a stage hand for a light. There's also a segment talking about how sound is recorded and then put onto film. Fans of early Hollywood will certainly want to check this out for the sights.

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