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Going Hollywood (1933)

Passed | | Musical, Romance | 22 December 1933 (USA)
A love-struck teacher pursues a radio singer to Hollywood.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writer:

Donald Ogden Stewart (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marion Davies ... Sylvia Bruce
Bing Crosby ... Bill Williams
Fifi D'Orsay ... Lili Yvonne
Stuart Erwin ... Ernest P. Baker
Ned Sparks ... Conroy
Patsy Kelly ... Jill
Bobby Watson ... Thompson
The Radio Rogues The Radio Rogues ... The Radio Rogues (as Three Radio Rogues)
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Storyline

Sylvia is the French teacher at Briarcroft's School for Girls, but she wants to find romance. When she hears Bill on the radio, she decides to leave and thank him. But he is on his way to Hollywood with Lili to make a movie. When Sylvia gets to Hollywood, she finds that seeing Bill again is almost impossible, but she gets a job in the chorus. Then when Lili quits the picture, Sylvia is tapped to play her character. But the part she wants is with Bill, a part that Lili seems to have. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

22 December 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paid to Laugh See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$914,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$962,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Joan Crawford was a regular visitor on the set since she was mad about Bing Crosby. She and Marion Davies were friendly but not great pals although they shared two things in common: they adored their former leading man William Haines, and disliked their major rival at MGM, Norma Shearer. See more »

Quotes

Lili Yvonne: [showing her nails] Here, you like?
Bill 'Billy' Williams: Me like-a very much. Oh, them very sharp though.
Lili Yvonne: Yes and if you don't be good boy...
Bill 'Billy' Williams: Oh, me be very, very, *very* good boy.
Lili Yvonne: You no look at other girls?
Bill 'Billy' Williams: Oh, no. Me like only Lili!
Lili Yvonne: Oh, oui?
Bill 'Billy' Williams: Oui-oui-oui. Oui! Oui.
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Connections

Featured in Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Going Hollywood
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Bing Crosby at the railroad station
Played as background music twice
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Dull and underwhelming
26 December 2002 | by KalamanSee all my reviews

I expected a lot of enjoyment from this early MGM musical, directed by the great Raoul Walsh. Instead, it is a trifle that somehow works mainly as a showcase for Bing Crosby and Marion Davies. I found the whole film to be intermittently dull and underwhelming, and the songs and numbers oddly misfire from start to finish.


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