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Hollywood Extra! (1936)

Approved | | Documentary, Short | 4 April 1936 (USA)
The life of female Hollywood extras, typified by Jane Barnes, who's 21, a three-year veteran living in an apartment house with roommates who constantly borrow and return money and stockings... See full summary »

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The life of female Hollywood extras, typified by Jane Barnes, who's 21, a three-year veteran living in an apartment house with roommates who constantly borrow and return money and stockings, all scraping along hoping for work. Every day they call Central Casting. Jane's down to her last $3 and goes nearly two weeks with no work. Just as she gives up, the phone rings and a studio car is on its way. Is it for real? Will she have a speaking part (she's never had one, though she takes elocution lessons)? Will there be a contract? On the set, all is revealed. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Aspiring actresses wait for that casting call to come...
26 March 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This is a routine, rather dreary short about extras who call in at the rate of 3,000 an hour looking for a casting call so they can pay the rent, buy stockings, put food on the table, etc., while waiting for their big break in the Hollywood casting system.

This one follows the daily routine of one young woman who sees another friend getting a break, lends money to still another, then finally gets her own casting call. Seems all they want to photograph are her pretty legs while they drape her in a mink coat.

Step one up the ladder is made to appear not quite as glamorous as anyone would suspect. Who knows what comes next in this series?


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