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Show Girl in Hollywood (1930)

Passed | | 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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'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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Genres:

Comedy | Musical | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Estrelas de Hollywood See more »

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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

In September 1928, Warner Bros. Pictures purchased a majority interest in First National Pictures and from that point on, all "First National" productions were actually made under Warner Bros. control, even though the two companies continued to retain separate identities until the mid-1930's, after which time "A Warner Bros.-First National Picture" was often used.In See more »

Quotes

Dixie Dugan: [backstage, after the show has flopped] You could have sent the audience home in a taxi.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Hang On to a Rainbow
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Sam H. Stept
Lyrics by Bud Green
Sung by Alice White and Chorus
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Blanche Sweet is the main reason to see this one.
27 November 1999 | by cgm95See all my reviews

Although this 1930 film is clunky and fraught with (what we now know to be) film cliches, it is worth seeing -- if only for the outstanding performance of one-time silent-film great Blanche Sweet. Without realizing who it was, I kept marveling at her poignant, true portrayal of a washed up silent screen star (clearly, almost autobiographical). What a brilliant choice to cast her. Imagine my surprise after the film when we rewound to the credits!

A fine, unjustly overlooked gem of early filmmaking (that has songs, to boot).


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