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What Price Hollywood? (1932)

Passed | | Drama | 24 June 1932 (USA)
The career of a waitress takes off when she meets an amiable drunken Hollywood director.

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Gene Fowler (by), Rowland Brown (by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Constance Bennett ... Mary Evans
Lowell Sherman ... Max Carey
Neil Hamilton ... Lonny Borden
Gregory Ratoff ... Julius Saxe
Brooks Benedict ... Muto
Louise Beavers ... The Maid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Reed ... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Brown Derby waitress Mary Evans befriends seldom-sober director Max Carey and is soon in the big-time. She hooks eastern millionaire Lonnie Borden but he soon tires of the Hollywood lifestyle and of playing second fiddle to a star. Carey looks on with interest when he can see straight. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

Constance Bennett pays for fame in "What Price Hollywood".

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 June 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hollywood Madness See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$411,676 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Pathé Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This pre-Code precursor to A Star is Born (1937) offers a more disturbing Depression-era view of Hollywood's underbelly, evidenced by the first restaurant scene, in which Constance Bennett rebukes an industry parasite on the make by accusing him of statutory rape, and Lowell Sherman admonishes the mannish clothing worn by an obviously lesbian customer. See more »

Goofs

As Lowell Sherman, playing Max Carey, enters the Brown Derby, the entry door at the actual exterior location changes from multi-paned to single-paned at the interior, soundstage set. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Mary Evans is admiring a magazine photo of Clark Gable]
Mary Evans: Hmmmm. Oh, boy!
[Mary places the magazine photo against her face and pretends Gable is her lover. She speaks in an exaggerated voice]
Mary Evans: Daaahling, how I love you my daaahling, I love you I do.
[she puts the magazine down and returns to her normal voice]
Mary Evans: It's getting late and I must scram.
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Soundtracks

The Wedding of the Painted Dolls
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Part of a medley played during the opening credits
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A behind-the-scenes look at classic Hollywood
23 August 1999 | by Southpaw-9See all my reviews

"What Price Hollywood?" is one of my favorite films of the 1930s. With loads of drama, glamour to spare, and some romance too, this movie is one of the best behind-the-scenes looks at the old Hollywood studio system that was ever made. Constance Bennett, looking her radiant best, plays the lead role with finesse. Lowell Sherman also turns in a powerful performance as a washed-up director. This movie was the basis for "A Star is Born." All in all, one great film.


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