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The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)

An all-star revue featuring MGM contract players.

Directors:

Charles Reisner (as Charles F. Reisner), Christy Cabanne (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Al Boasberg (dialogue), Robert E. Hopkins (dialogue) (as Robert Hopkins)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Conrad Nagel ... Conrad Nagel - Master of Ceremonies
Jack Benny ... Jack Benny - Master of Ceremonies
John Gilbert ... John Gilbert / Romeo
Norma Shearer ... Norma Shearer / Juliet
Joan Crawford ... Joan Crawford
Bessie Love ... Bessie Love
Cliff Edwards ... Cliff Edwards / Ukulele Ike (as Ukulele Ike)
Stan Laurel ... Stan Laurel
Oliver Hardy ... Oliver Hardy
Anita Page ... Anita Page
Nils Asther ... Nils Asther (scenes deleted)
Brox Sisters ... Brox Sisters - Singing Trio
Natova and Company Natova and Company ... Themselves
Marion Davies ... Maron Davies
William Haines ... William Haines
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Storyline

Conrad Nagel, representing the Hollywood movie community, and Jack Benny, representing the Broadway stage community, act as the interlocutors of a musical comedy revue. A plethora of chorus boys and girls are featured front and center in some of the song and dance numbers, and provide back-up to some other acts. But the revue primarily is a vehicle to highlight a cavalcade of Hollywood movie and Broadway stage stars. One early running gag has both Nagel and Benny playing straight man to Cliff Edwards, who just wants a nice introduction to his act. Edwards would return later to be featured along with the Brox Sisters in one of the highlights of the second act, a production number around the song "Singin' in Rain", complete with rain soaked stage. A reprise of the song with the entire cast acts as the revue's finale. Written by Huggo

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revue | variety show | rainbow | See All (3) »

Taglines:

25 of the screen's greatest stars - chorus of 200 - amazingly revolutionary motion picture!

Genres:

Musical

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

M-G-M Revue See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor) (three sequences)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Renée Adorée was supposed to have appeared in a skit with Jack Benny, but her French accent and declining health prevented her from doing so. See more »

Goofs

After Cliff Edwards' opening number, one of the chorus girls in the background is chatting away with the girl next to her, when a sudden cut appears, and the same girl is now stone still (apparently the director told her in between to stop talking, and pay attention). See more »

Quotes

Director of 'Romeo and Juliet': As the King commands, the slaves obey.
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Soundtracks

I Never Knew I Could Do a Thing Like That
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Gus Edwards
Lyrics by Joe Goodwin
Sung and Danced by Bessie Love; Danced by the chorus
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User Reviews

Lavish, But Dated All-Star Revue
11 November 1999 | by nickandrewSee all my reviews

I have seen this film a few times and always think boy they were the good old days. In 1929, for their first talking film, MGM put together this lavish, all-star revue with absolutely no plot. It contains guest appearances from many of MGM's top silent film stars. If you do ever see this you will notice many of them did not make it through the transition of the talking pictures. Joan Crawford stands out doing her horrible dance and singing routine, but the best is the technicolor SINGIN' IN THE RAIN finale. This is a must for any film buff.


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