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Windy Riley Goes Hollywood (1931)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 3 May 1931 (USA)
A driver on a non-stop race from New York to San Francisco gets detoured to Hollywood, where he winds up working as a publicity man for a movie studio and assigned to revive the career of a beautiful but fading star.

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(as William Goodrich)

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(story), (continuity and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jack Shutta ... Windy Riley
... Betty Grey
... (as William Davidson)
Wilbur Mack
Walter Merrill
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Arrogant driver Windy Riley is crossing from New York to San Francisco in his car. However a wrong traffic plate in the desert misguides him and her goes to Hollywood instead. Windy loses his car to the bank since he has not paid the last installment, but the Repo Man runs into the car of a Hollywood executive and falsely blames Windy for the accident. The man sends Windy to work in the Publicity Department to pay for the damages in his car. Meanwhile, actress Betty Gray is in trouble with the studio due to bad publicity and the studio will call off her contract if she gets in trouble again. When Windy Riley arrives in the department, he believes that he is expert in publicity and he kidnaps film director Joseph Ross expecting to promote the film and Betty Gray. But snoopy reporter Lane finds that the director is missing and Windy needs to bring the director back in the studio otherwise Betty Gray will be fired. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Short | Comedy

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Not Rated
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3 May 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Gas Bag  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Snubbed by Paramount, 'Louise Brooks' wasn't able to get film work, except from this film's studio; 'Mermaid Talking Pictures', a decidedly low-rent affair. See more »

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disappointing
3 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

This poorly scripted short adds nothing positive to Roscoe Arbuckle's career. There are a few good moments, but the storyline is weak, and the direction uninspired. Arbuckle uses the same presentational style he employed more than a decade before, but without the inventive comedy of those years. The character of Windy Riley, an obnoxious buffoon who endlessly boasts, earns no sympathy. One of the few grace notes is Louise Brooks, who all-too-briefly gets to show off her smooth speaking voice and winning dance talent. But she is frustratingly underused and even her face is often hidden by poor blocking. It's too bad that fallen stars like Arbuckle who ended up at the lower-grade Educational Pictures didn't do--or weren't able to do--more with what they had left.


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