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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

Two reels of color footage survive. See more »

Quotes

Yankee Girl: [During the "If I Could Learn To Love" number] I represent the Yankee girls
French Girl: And I the maids of France.
Yankee Girl: Now we challenge you to loving, but we want it understood, that Yankee kisses have a kick that will knock you out for good.
French Girl: We French girls also want a chance to get within your arms, for we know you never will be able to resist our charms.
French Boxer in Tails: You girls are all so clever, a neverland of love.
Yankee Girl: Say, don't you know there's no one who can fight this thing called love.
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Connections

Featured in Let's Go to the Movies (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Dear Little Pup
(uncredited)
Music by Ray Perkins
Lyrics by J. Keirn Brennan
Sung briefly by Frank Fay, but interrupted
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An intermittently entertaining showcase for current stars
2 November 2000 | by doc-55See all my reviews

It is difficult to evaluate this or any other comparable film of the early sound era in terms that one might use for ordinary film commentary. At times there is almost a desperation, as many film personalities of the silent era try their wings at sound, surely fearing that they will be left by the wayside (as did happen to some), Rin-Tin-Tin. however, was pertfectly natural. In such a vaudeville of unrelated sequences, some were sure to stand out John Barrymore's soliloquy from Richard II is a moment certainly worth preserving. By and large, only those with earlier stage training exuded confidence. However, this is over all reasonably entertaining, and a must for "film buffs" especially interested in the silent to sound transition


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