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

Genres:

Musical

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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

Warner Brothers announced in 1929 that it was going to film this entirely in Two-Strip Technicolor. The Technicolor company immediately said that not enough cameras were available for use, so two sequences, involving Winnie Lightner in part one and part two were shot in black and white; the rest of the film was shot in 2-strip Technicolor. In the mid-1950s, Warner Bros. printed a black and white copy from its Technicolor studio vault print for television use and later discarded the original. The surviving sound on film version reveals the left side has been cropped off to accommodate the sound track which was added to the original sound on disc version, but the image has not been correctly re-centered. See more »

Quotes

Al Jolson Impersonator: [singing] Mamie, mine, your little Rolling Stone that rolled away, strolled away... your little Rolling Stone is home today...
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: John Barrymore (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Just an Hour of Love
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Edward Ward
Lyrics by Al Bryan
Sung by Irène Bordoni, accompanied on piano by Harry Akst
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Vaudeville at its height!
9 October 1999 | by Mossy-8See all my reviews

This is hardly a movie at all, but rather a real vaudeville show, filmed for the most part "in proscenium", and starring some of the greatest stage stars of the day. "Singing in the Bathtub" is an absolutely amazing production number that must be seen-- be sure to wear your shower cap!


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