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Show of Shows (1929)

Passed | | Musical | 29 December 1929 (USA)
It's 1929. The studio gave the cinema its voice and offered the audiences a chance to see their favorite actors and actresses from the silent screen era. For the first time, they can be ... See full summary »


John G. Adolfi




Complete credited cast:
Frank Fay ... Master of Ceremonies
William Courtenay ... The Minister - Guillotine Sequence
H.B. Warner ... The Victim - Guillotine Sequence
Hobart Bosworth ... Executioner - Guillotine Sequence
John Barrymore ... Richard III in 'Henry VI Part III'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Akst Harry Akst ... Pianist Accompanying Irene Bordoni
Armida ... Performer in 'Meet My Sister' Number (as Mimi Vendrell)
Johnny Arthur ... Hero - Performer in 'The Pirate'
Mary Astor ... Performer in 'The Pirate' Number
William Bakewell ... Performer in 'Bicycle Built for Two' Number
Richard Barthelmess ... 'Meet My Sister' Presenter
Noah Beery ... Performer in "The Pirate" Number / Soldier (segment "Rifle Execution")
Sally Blane ... Performer in 'Meet My Sister' Number
Monte Blue ... Condemned Man (segment "Rifle Execution")
Irène Bordoni ... Performer in 'Just for One Hour of Love' Number


It's 1929. The studio gave the cinema its voice and offered the audiences a chance to see their favorite actors and actresses from the silent screen era. For the first time, they can be heard in a gaudy, grandiose music comedy revue. But also appearing are actors and actresses from the first 'talkies', stars from Broadway, and, of course, the German shepherd Rin-Tin-Tin. Frank Fay is the host of the more than 70 well-known stars who show various acts. Written by Robert

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100 SHOWS IN ONE IN TECHNICOLOR (Print Ad-Lewiston Evening Journal, ((Lewiston, Me.)) 27 January 1930) See more »





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Besides Al Jolson, other stars from the Warner Brothers-First National roster who didn't appear in this film included Colleen Moore, Marilyn Miller, George Arliss, Dorothy Mackaill, Milton Sills, Walter Pidgeon and Thelma Todd. See more »


Performer in ''Singing in the Bathtub': [singing] Never take a shower. It's an awful pain. Singing in a shower's like singing in the rain...
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Lady Luck
(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Ray Perkins
Performed by Ted Lewis in the pirate scene
Also performed by Nick Lucas
Reprised in the finale
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Attention Movie Fans
10 January 2017 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

But not just any movie fans, I'm talking to hard core movie fans, movie historians, movie archaeologists and those who want to understand early Hollywood. If you are one of these, this Hollywood antique is for you. It is somewhat entertaining and most of the stars and specialty acts are long gone and mostly forgotten. Comedy has evolved and what's here is old and stale, but nevertheless "The Show Of Shows" is a fascinating 2-plus hours of the way things used to be, entertainment-wise, in the early part of the 20th Century. Ever heard of Frank Fay, Irene Bordoni or Lupino Lane? Thought not. Maybe your parents have and surely your grandparents did. This picture is like a Who's Who of oldtime entertainers, and if you fall into one of the categories mentioned at the beginning of this review, this one is a must.

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Release Date:

29 December 1929 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$850,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone) (Western Electric Apparatus)


Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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