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Hollywood Hotel (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 15 January 1938 (USA)
Ronny Bowers, a saxophonist in Benny Goodman's band has won a talent contest an got a ten week contract with a film studio. On his first evening he is supposed to go with the studio's star ... See full summary »

Director:

Busby Berkeley

Writers:

Jerry Wald (screen play), Maurice Leo (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Powell ... Ronnie Bowers
Rosemary Lane ... Virginia
Lola Lane ... Mona Marshall
Hugh Herbert ... Chester Marshall
Ted Healy ... Fuzzy
Glenda Farrell ... Jonesy
Johnnie Davis ... Georgia
Louella Parsons ... Louella Parsons
Alan Mowbray ... Alexander Dupre
Mabel Todd ... Dot Marshall
Frances Langford ... Alice
Jerry Cooper Jerry Cooper ... Jerry Cooper
Ken Niles Ken Niles ... Ken Niles
Duane Thompson Duane Thompson ... Duane Thompson
Allyn Joslyn ... Bernie Walton
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Storyline

Ronny Bowers, a saxophonist in Benny Goodman's band has won a talent contest an got a ten week contract with a film studio. On his first evening he is supposed to go with the studio's star Mona Marshall to a movie premiere. But this lady doesn't want to go, so the bosses decide to use for Mona a double, Virginia. When Mona finds out next morning that happened, she insisted to fire her double and Ronny. Ronny finds work as singing waiter in a drive in, and is spotted by a director of the same studio, who wants him to lend his voice for an leading actor in a musical. After the first screening the actor is invited by Louella Parsons to sing in her program "Hollywood Hotel". He accepts, but he doesn't know that Ronny Bowers does not want to lend him his voice again. So everybody starts to play his little game to solve his own problems. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Himaires tou Hollywood See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the radio program of the same title, hosted by Louella Parsons, and broadcast on the CBS Radio Network from October 5, 1934 until December 2, 1938. It was sponsored by the Campbell Soup Company, and stars who appeared on the program received a case of soup in its early years. See more »

Goofs

In the "Hooray for Hollywood" portion of the finale, Johnnie Davis is shown playing the trumpet on the back row of Benny Goodman's band while at the same time he's in the audience singing. See more »

Quotes

Mona Marshall: [outraged that the studio has used a double to stand in for her at a premiere] Thousands of girls think they look like me, and where are they?
Fuzzy: They're having their faces changed.
Mona Marshall: [to her double] How dare you go around with a face like mine?
Fuzzy: Why don't you send your face to Washington and have it copyrighted?
Mona Marshall: It *is* copyrighted. For years, my face has been on the sidewalk, in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
Fuzzy: Yeah, well why don't you leave it there?
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Soundtracks

Hooray for Hollywood
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting (as Dick Whiting)
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Johnnie Davis and Frances Langford
Performed by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra
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"Isn't there anybody in the world but people?"
24 July 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Saxophonist Dick Powell wins talent contest and goes to Hollywood. There he gets mixed up in drama revolving around a movie star and her double, played by real-life sisters Lola and Rosemary Lane. Middling musical comedy from Busby Berkeley with a decent cast and backdrop. Dick Powell seems bored and I imagine he was after doing so many musicals prior to this. Nice to see two of the Lane sisters in the same movie. However, Lola is actually one of the worst parts of this. She plays a diva movie star in the most over the top manner possible. She plays to the rafters and it's just too much. The rest of the cast ranges in quality. Glenda Farrell is always good and a few years earlier she might have had the female lead. Sadly she was starting down the ladder by this time. Acquired comedic tastes Hugh Herbert and Ted Healy do their usual bits of business. If you're familiar with them, you'll know what I mean and whether or not you can stomach them. Speaking of Healy, this is one of his last films before his controversial death. Ronald Reagan has a bit part and gossip columnist Louella Parsons makes her acting debut. The songs are nice but only the opening "Hooray for Hollywood" number stands out. For a Berkeley musical, it's pretty restrained.


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