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It Happened in Hollywood (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 7 September 1937 (USA)
While hospitalized young Billy meets his silent movie idol Tim Bart but then the talkies came, destroying Bart's career. Now Bart must convince his young friend he is still a star.

Director:

Harry Lachman

Writers:

Ethel Hill (screen play), Harvey Fergusson (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Richard Dix ... Tim Bart
Fay Wray ... Gloria Gay
Victor Kilian ... Slim
Charles Arnt ... Jed Reed
Granville Bates ... Sam Bennett
William B. Davidson ... Al Howard
Arthur Loft ... Pete
Edgar Dearing ... Joe Stevens
James Donlan James Donlan ... Shorty
Bill Burrud ... Billy - The Kid (as Billy Burrud)
Franklin Pangborn ... Mr. Forsythe
Zeffie Tilbury ... Miss Gordon
Harold Goodwin ... Buck
Charles Brinley ... Pappy
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While hospitalized young Billy meets his silent movie idol Tim Bart but then the talkies came, destroying Bart's career. Now Bart must convince his young friend he is still a star.

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LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!(original print ad-all caps) See more »

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Trivia

Toby, the name of Dix's horse, is based on Tom Mix's horse, Tony. See more »

Goofs

Movie company is supposedly shooting a scene at an actual bank at corner of Hollywood and Vine, but in reverse angle shots, it is clear that buildings on other side of street are fake sets. See more »

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Opening credits cast shown as the pages of a book. See more »

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It Happened in Hollywood
30 December 2011 | by MartinTellerSee all my reviews

A silent Western star gets left behind in the talkie era. Of course, this movie has some pretty stiff competition from SINGIN' IN THE RAIN and SUNSET BOULEVARD. And let's be honest, it doesn't even come close to either one, lacking the rapturous joy of the former or the incisive cynicism of the latter. But it is slightly interesting in that it was made so soon after the transition. For Richard Dix this was surely a real concern (probably not so much for Fay Wray). However, Dix's character is such a golly-gee swell egg (he can't play a gangster, it would let down his fans!) that the film feels rather lightweight and bland. The earnest little boy who worships him doesn't make it any easier to swallow. Still, it goes down easy enough to be watchable, and includes one genuinely terrific scene of a party featuring star doubles, including pretty good facsimiles of Garbo, West, Chaplin, Dietrich and Fields.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Once a Hero See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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