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Show People (1928)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 20 October 1928 (USA)
A young lady from Georgia goes to Hollywood in the hopes of becoming an actress.

Director:

King Vidor

Writers:

Agnes Christine Johnston (treatment), Laurence Stallings (treatment) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marion Davies ... Peggy Pepper
William Haines ... Billy Boone
Dell Henderson ... Colonel Pepper
Paul Ralli Paul Ralli ... Andre Telfair
Tenen Holtz ... Casting Director
Harry Gribbon Harry Gribbon ... Comedy Director
Sidney Bracey ... Dramatic Director (as Sidney Bracy)
Polly Moran ... The Maid
Albert Conti Albert Conti ... Producer
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Storyline

Colonel Pepper brings his daughter, Peggy, to Hollywood from Georgia to be an actress. There she meets Billy who gets her work at Comet Studio doing comedies with him. But Peggy is discovered by High Art Studio and she leaves Billy and Comet to work there. For her new image, she is now Patricia Pepoire and ignores Billy when he sees her on location. When she is not longer wanted by the little people who do not understand "ART", she plans to marry Andre to get a fake title. Billy will not let her go without a fight. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

20 October 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Es tut sich was beim Film See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) | (Turner Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (musical score and sound effects)| Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

William Randolph Hearst was adamant that Marion Davies not make this film, as he considered slapstick comedy to be beneath her talents and worried that it would damage her reputation. He even tried to have the film canceled days before it was to go into production. See more »

Quotes

Charles Chaplin: [Talking to Peggy] Will you please sign my album? I'm crazy about signatures.
[Leaves after getting Peggy's autograph]
Peggy Pepper: Who is that little guy?
Billy Boone: Charlie Chaplin.
[Shocked, Peggy faints]
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Edited into Myrna Loy: So Nice to Come Home to (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Wintermärchen
(1891) (uncredited)
aka "Hearts and Flowers"
Music by Alphons Czibulka
Played when the actress threatens to kill herself
Also played during Peggy's first scene at High Arts Studio
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Great Marion Davies Silent Comedy
27 November 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Updated from a previous comment. The great and underrated Marion Davies shows her comedic stuff in this late (1928) silent comedy that also showcases the wonderful William Haines. Davies plays a hick from Georgia who crashes Hollywood with help from Haines, a bit player in crude comedies. They appear together in cheap comedies until Marion is "discovered" and becomes a big dramatic star.

Among the greats scenes are Marion's introduction to films (where she gets a big surprise), Marion's departure from the comedy troupe, and Marion's wedding-day comeuppance.

A great lampoon on Hollywood and its pretensions. Davies & Haines are a wonderful team, and the guest shots from the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, William S. Hart, John Gilbert, Elinor Glyn, Norma Talmadge, Mae Murray, Rod LaRocque, Leatrice Joy, Dorothy Sebastian, Estelle Taylor, Louella Parsons, Renee Adoree, Aileen Pringle, Lew Cody, King Vidor, and Marion Davies (you have to see it) are a hoot. A must for any serious film buff or for anyone interested in the still-maligned Marion Davies! Dell Henderson plays the father. Harry Gribbon is the comedy director, Polly Moran is a maid. Paul Ralli is the slimy leading man.

SHOW PEOPLE was said to have used the career of Gloria Swanson as its model (I think Mae Murray is closer). Davies and Swanson were friends. But this film's story does parallel the rise of Swanson from one-reel Mack Sennett comedies with Charlie Chaplin to STAR in Cecil B. DeMille films of the late teens and early 20s.

Davies and Haines were huge MGM stars and friends. Odd that MGM never teamed them up in a talkie. They're great together! A sweet romance and delightful spoof of early Hollywood. Gloria Swanson, Greta Garbo, Bebe Daniels, Pola Negri, Mary Pickford, Harold Lloyd, Alla Nazimova are mentioned but do not appear.

There are two versions of this silent classic on DVD. One has the original synchronized score (which features the song "Crossroads") and a British version by Kevin Brownlow (which features a new score by Carl Davis).

Marion Davies and William Haines are great in this film, not to be missed!


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