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Show Girl in Hollywood (1930)

Unrated | | Comedy, Musical, Drama | 20 April 1930 (USA)
'Rainbow Girls' has just opened and closed on Broadway when Dixie, a actress in it, runs into smooth talking Hollywood Director Frank Buelow. He tells her she would be a natural, promises ... See full summary »

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

J.P. McEvoy (based on the story by), Harvey F. Thew (adapted by) (as Harvey Thew)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alice White ... Dixie Dugan
Jack Mulhall ... Jimmie Doyle
Blanche Sweet ... Donna Harris
Ford Sterling ... Sam Otis - The Producer
John Miljan ... Frank Buelow - The Director
Virginia Sale ... Miss Sale - Otis' Secretary
Lee Shumway ... Kramer - the Director
Herman Bing ... Mr. Bing - Otis' Assistant
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Storyline

'Rainbow Girls' has just opened and closed on Broadway when Dixie, a actress in it, runs into smooth talking Hollywood Director Frank Buelow. He tells her she would be a natural, promises her a movie contract, and so she goes to Hollywood, but there is no contract for her. She meets Donny, a washed-up veteran actress (Blanche Sweet), on the lot who becomes her friend. Frank is fired from his studio and the new director finds that Frank's storyline is actually a copy of 'Rainbow Girls' stage play from Broadway. They call Jimmy, the author and Dixie's boyfriend, for the rights and he goes to Hollywood to produce it as a movie. Dixie gets the lead. But things start going wrong when Dizzy Dixie, spurred on by the fired Director Buelow, thinks that she is better than the picture or the studio and starts making demands. Interesting note: Good look at early Hollywood, with cameos by Loretta Young, Walter Pigeon, Noah Beery and a young Noah Beery, Jr. make the film fun to watch Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com> kimber.palmer@gmail.com

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Comedy | Musical | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Estrelas de Hollywood See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Apparatus) (Vitaphone)

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor) (last reel)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Noah Beery Jr.: Talks over the radio at the premiere. See more »

Quotes

Frank Buelow - The Director: Miss Dugan, have you ever thought of going into pictures?
Dixie Dugan: You mean the galloping snapshots?
Frank Buelow - The Director: Yes. You know, Hollywood needs fresh, new personalities.
Dixie Dugan: Oh, I'd just love to be out there amongst those cowboys and those Indians.
Frank Buelow - The Director: Well, I'm the fellow who can put you there.
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Soundtracks

Merrily We Roll Along
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Traditional
Sung with parody lyrics by a workman at the beginning
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A treat!
13 January 2000 | by data-25See all my reviews

Show Girl in Hollywood tells the story of a young girl, Dixie Dugan (Alice White), who is lured to Hollywood by the empty promises of a pompous film director (John Miljan). Her boyfriend (Jack Mulhall) is not too keen on the idea. Once there, she soon realizes who empty the director's promises were. She meets and becomes friends with Donny Harris (Blanche Sweet), a once popular film star. Dixie does get her break but ruins things by getting temperamental. In the process, she also ruins Donny's chances for a comeback, who then attempts suicide. She is saved and Dixie realizes her selfishness and convinces the studio bosses to "go on with the picture", for Donny's sake.

Oh what a treat! This movie was one of the first to attempt to show Hollywood as it really was--and it ended up being pretty true to life. Dashed hopes, lecherous directors, ex-stars brushed aside. The "behind-the-scenes" look of portions of the film gives the viewer a glimpse of film-making in the early talkie days. The "I've Got My Eye on You" production number has a catchy tune and even made me want to sing and dance myself! Alice White is good as the young, hopeful show girl of the title. Most notable is Blanche Sweet's excellent performance as the washed-up silent star. Her near-death scene is extremely moving and recalls some of Miss Sweet's own past glories. Mervyn LeRoy's direction keeps things moving along and it all comes together beautifully. Do yourself a favor and don't miss this one!


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