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Hollywood Wonderland (1947)

Approved | | Short, Musical | 9 August 1947 (USA)
Tour guides take visitors on a promotional guide of Warner Brothers' studios.

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Uncredited cast:
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Tour Guide (uncredited)
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Actor in Canoe (clip from "Swingtime in the Movies" (1938)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Saloon Singer (clip from "Ride, Cowboy, Ride" (1939)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Director (clip from "Swingtime in the Movies" (1938)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Singing Cowboy (clip from "Sunday Roundup" (1936)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Highlander (clip from "Changing of the Guard" (1936)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Man Taking Tour (uncredited)
Gordon Hart ...
Highland Officer (clip from "Changing of the Guard" (1936)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Tour Guide (uncredited)
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Grandfather (clip from "Changing of the Guard" (1936)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Kathryn Kane ...
Actress in Canoe (clip from "Swingtime in the Movies" (1938)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Man in Commissary (clip from "Swingtime in the Movies" (1938)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Knox Manning ...
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
George O'Hanlon ...
Dancing Townsman (clip from "Ride, Cowboy, Ride" (1939)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Gypsy (clip from "Gypsy Sweetheart" (1935)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Two tour guides take visitors around Warner Bros. showing them scenes of films allegedly in the making but which actually consist of archive footage from previously released Technicolor Warner Bros. short subjects. Written by Anonymous

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Short | Musical

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9 August 1947 (USA)  »

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Technicolor Specials (1946-1947 season) #6: Hollywood Wonderland  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Available as an extra on the Turner Home Entertainment DVD edition of Tycoon (1947). See more »

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Features The Sunday Round-Up (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

The Open Road
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Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Performed by Dick Foran and a chorus
From The Sunday Round-Up (1936)
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Hollywood Babalu-land
28 September 2006 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

The best thing about this sixteen-minute short is the eye-popping Technicolor. The music is ho-hum and at times downright boring, snipped from Warner Brothers musical shorts of the previous decade. Ukulele Ike (Cliff Edwards, aka Jiminy Cricket)is pleasing, singing and playing a guitar rather than a ukulele. Cowboy Dick Foran shows why singing shoot-em-up pictures came to be called horse operas. Unlike Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and Tex Ritter, Foran's voice was more suitable for opera than for western ballads. His style was derivative of Nelson Eddy rather than Bing Crosby.

For smirks, there's Clark Gable lookalike John Carroll warbling a song while in a canoe. Carroll turned out to be a much better actor than his reputation would indicate. For movie buffs there's a glimpse of starlet Lauren Bacall as her picture floats across the screen while the narrator emphasizes the importance of photography in the making of a Hollywood film.

Mainly for die-hard fans of 1930's-era popular music, "Hollywood Wonderland" is more like Hollywood Babalu-land.

Footnote: The tour guide is the same Wanda Hendrix who played Pilar in the film noir thriller, "Ride the Pink Horse," the same year.


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