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Show of Shows (1929)

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

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John G. Adolfi
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Fay ... Master of Ceremonies
William Courtenay 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
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Storyline

It's 1929. The studio gave the cinema its voice gave offered the audiences a chance to see their favorite actors and actresses from the silent screen era to see and for the first time can be heard in a gaudy, grandiose music comedy revue. But also appear 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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pre code film | revue | See All (2) »

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FROM SHAKESPEARE TO SYNCOPATION! (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express,((Bufalo, NY)) 5 January 1930)

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

Passed
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Parada das Maravilhas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone) (Western Electric Apparatus)

Color:

Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene Sid Silvers does an imitation of Al Jolson. Though Jolson was one of the top stars at Warner Brothers in 1929, he is not among the rest of the studio's lineup in this film. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Featured in Hollywood and the Stars: The Fabulous Musicals (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Singin' in the Bathtub
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Michael Cleary
Lyrics by Herb Magidson and Ned Washington
Sung by Winnie Lightner
Reprised in the finale
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Warner's attempt at an all-star review.
17 May 2000 | by nlangdonSee all my reviews

"Show of Shows" is one of the worst films made in the early talkie period and the worst of all the great reviews. Warner Brothers tried to one-up all the other studios by making an all-Technicolor review (although "King of Jazz" was all color) and making it longer than any of the others. Their plans were thwarted when 15% of the movie had to be filmed in black and white due to lack of Technicolor cameras. Winnie Lightner's two numbers save the film from total oblivion, but otherwise beware. This supposed musical comedy opens with a French revolution scene. A poor soul is dragged up to the guillotine and his head is lopped off. Someone in the background then shouts, "Now on with the Show Of Shows!" It goes downhill from there.


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