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The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) Poster

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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.
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Lon Chaney had just signed a new three picture a year deal with MGM when he was asked to do a cameo in the all-star film. Chaney agreed if it would count as one of his three contracted pictures and he would be paid his regular fee for the bit. As his salary would have eaten up most of the film's budget, the part was played by Gus Edwards with a mask and costume from London After Midnight (1927). Chaney was not happy that his name was exploited with the song, "Lon Chaney Will Get You if You Don't Watch Out." When he died in 1930, the sequence was deleted from existing prints out of respect but was later restored.
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One of the films cited as contributing to the collapse of John Gilbert's career after audiences heard his high-pitching speaking voice. Apparently, Gilbert's awkward, ill-equipped interpretation of Shakespearean dialogue inspired the talkie debacle sequence in Singin' in the Rain (1952).
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The balcony scene from "Romeo and Juliet" provides the only Technicolor footage in the careers of either Norma Shearer or John Gilbert, as all of their other movies were filmed in black-and-white.
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The version shown on Turner Classic Movies is a sound-on-disc print, with the left side of the screen noticeably cropped off in order to accommodate a sound-on-film track, with the result that the title credits and all the ensembles appear to be photographed off center, which was not the case when the film was theatrically exhibited.
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First filmed performance of "Singin' in the Rain". This sequence inspired the opening credits of Singin' in the Rain (1952).
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During the singing of "Singin' in the Rain" Buster Keaton is seen, but is not singing because he was still a silent star.
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First screen appearance of radio and vaudeville comedian Jack Benny.
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In the "Singin' in the Rain" finale, Buster Keaton is shown carrying a small package in his left hand. This visual gag is a reference to Uneeda Biscuits, then a popular product made by Nabisco. The Uneeda Biscuit trademark showed a small boy wearing a yellow rain slicker and hat (similar to the outfits that the cast is wearing in this number) and walking home in the rain with a package of Uneeda Biscuits under his arm.
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Reportedly features every major MGM star of the day with the exception of Greta Garbo, Ramon Novarro and Lon Chaney. Garbo was slated to appear in the film, which was supposed to be her talkie debut, in a scene from George Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan", but the idea was later scrapped when Garbo decided that Anna Christie (1930) was to be her first sound film.
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Laurel and Hardy's scene was filmed after the picture was completed, which explains why they do not appear in the all-star closing number.
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Norma Shearer plays Juliet in the "Romeo and Juliet" sketch, with John Gilbert as Romeo. Shearer would later play Juliet, opposite Leslie Howard as Romeo, in Romeo and Juliet (1936), the last movie produced by her husband, Irving Thalberg, before his untimely death.
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In early screenings, select theaters arranged to have the smell of orange blossoms waft through the audience during the color ballet sequence set to "Orange Blossom Time." This stopped after audience members with hay fever or other sinus conditions complained of allergic reactions to theater managers.
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Three sequences were filmed in two-strip Technicolor: the balcony scene from "Romeo and Juliet," "Orange Blossom Time," and the mammoth ark finale set to "Singin' in the Rain."
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Received only one Oscar nomination that year, for Best Picture.
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The only Best Picture Oscar nominee that year not to have any acting nominations.
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Although Nils Asther gets credit among the MGM stars, he does not appear in the film. His bit, to help introduce the "Singin' in the Rain" number, was cut at the last minute.
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Assuming its copyright has not lapsed already, this film and all others produced in 1929 enter the U.S. public domain in 2025.
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Jack Benny's edible suit buttons in Hollywood Revue were actually made of licorice.
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Jack Benny invented the idea of taking Bessie Love out of his pocket and have her grow larger. The effect was achieved by filming Love against a black velvet stage, and tracking in to make her appear to grow larger.
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