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The Show of Shows (1929)

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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Master of Ceremonies
William Courtenay ... The Minister - Guillotine Sequence
... The Victim - Guillotine Sequence
... Executioner - Guillotine Sequence
... Richard III in 'Henry VI Part III'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Akst ... Pianist Accompanying Irene Bordoni
... Performer in 'Meet My Sister' Number (as Mimi Vendrell)
... Hero - Performer in 'The Pirate'
... Performer in 'The Pirate' Number
... Performer in 'Bicycle Built for Two' Number
... 'Meet My Sister' Presenter
... Performer in "The Pirate" Number / Soldier (segment "Rifle Execution")
... Performer in 'Meet My Sister' Number
... Condemned Man (segment "Rifle Execution")
... 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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FROM SHAKESPEARE TO SYNCOPATION! (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express,((Bufalo, NY)) 5 January 1930)

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Release Date:

29 December 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Parada das Maravilhas  »

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Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)
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(Vitaphone) (Western Electric Apparatus)

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| (2-strip Technicolor)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The film contains John Barrymore's only screen appearance as Richard III, one of his greatest stage successes. However, the excerpt is not from the play "Richard III", but from William Shakespeare's "Henry VI: Part III", a "prequel" to "Richard III" in which he also appears. See more »

Quotes

John Barrymore, Himself: Ladies and Gentlemen, the soliloquy you're about to hear is from the first part of Shakespeare's Henry the VI, when Richard the III is Duke of Gloucester, before he became King. In it, he not only discloses his own peek on psychology but he also infers that he never will be King unless he destroys his elder relations, one by one. Although it is not clearly indicated in this particular soliloquy whether he does or not, permit me to assure you, that he eliminates them all, with the graceful ...
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Featured in Busby Berkeley: Going Through the Roof (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

My Sister
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Ray Perkins
Lyrics by J. Keirn Brennan
Performed by Alice Day and Marceline Day and chorus, with:
Sally O'Neil and Molly O'Day (Irish sisters)
Sally Blane and Loretta Young (French sisters)
Dolores Costello and Helene Costello (Mexican sisters)
Marion Byron and Ann Sothern (Italian sisters)
Ada Mae Vaughn and Alberta Vaughn (English sisters)
Viola Dana and Shirley Mason (Dutch sisters)
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An intermittently entertaining showcase for current stars
2 November 2000 | by See 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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