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Crashing Hollywood (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime | 7 January 1938 (USA)
An ex-con, just out of prison, and his wife meet a screen writer on the train and decide that, since he's writing about crime without knowing much about it, collaborating with him would be ... See full summary »

Director:

Lew Landers

Writers:

Paul Yawitz (screenplay), Gladys Atwater (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lee Tracy ... Michael Winslow
Joan Woodbury ... Barbara Lang
Paul Guilfoyle ... Herman Tibbets
Lee Patrick ... Goldie Tibbets
Richard Lane ... Hugo Wells
Bradley Page ... Thomas 'Tom' Darcy / 'The Hawk'
Tom Kennedy ... Al
George Irving ... Alexander Peyton
Frank M. Thomas ... Detective Decker
Jack Carson ... Dickson
Alec Craig ... Movie Studio Receptionist
Jimmy Conlin Jimmy Conlin ... Crisby (as James Conlin)
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An ex-con, just out of prison, and his wife meet a screen writer on the train and decide that, since he's writing about crime without knowing much about it, collaborating with him would be better than starting a duck farm. Things get a bit sticky when the real gangsters show up and want to know how Hollywood knows so much about them. Written by Arlene K. Witt <arlene@inx.net>

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Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lights Out See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The original play opened in New York City, New York, USA on 14 August 1922, but closed after only 12 performances. See more »

Quotes

Michael Winslow: I beg your pardon, but I'm really awfully sorry about this afternoon. It was my own stupid...
Barbara Lang: It's quite all right.
Michael Winslow: You don't like me.
Barbara Lang: I don't see what difference that makes.
Michael Winslow: You know, I'm the kind of a fellow, when you first meet me you don't like me. But after you get to know me better... you hate me.
Barbara Lang: Oh, I'll never hate you.
Michael Winslow: Well, that's something.
Barbara Lang: Because I'm *not* going to know you any better.
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2 October 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Crashing Hollywood" from 1938 is the story of a screenwriter (Lee Tracy) who meets the right -- or maybe it is the wrong - people on a train en route to Hollywood.

The people he meets are Herman and Goldie Tibbets (Paul Guilfoyle and Lee Patrick). Herman, recently released from prison, is interested in becoming a duck farmer, while Goldie thinks one more robbery isn't a bad idea. When they meet Michael Winslow (Tracy) they are under the impression that he has $50,000 in a briefcase when they overhear him trying to insure it.

Determined to get it away from him, they befriend him. Michael, meanwhile, is trying to make time with an actress (Joan Woodbury) whom he literally fell into earlier.

Winslow shows Herman and Goldie that the $50,000 is his script. When Herman looks it over, he tells him that a lot of details are wrong - it concerns an actual bank robbery, and Winslow takes him on as a collaborator. He's unaware that Herman is giving him the names of a real crook and the actual true details of the robbery.

When the real crook (Bradley Page) sees the film starring a lookalike (Bradley Page) -- he heads out to Hollywood before there are any other films featuring him, "The Hawk."

Amusing film with a nice turn by Page as an arrogant actor and and a tough guy. Lee Tracy is his usual fast-talking, energetic self, and Lee Patrick is funny as Goldie, as is Guilfoyle.

This is a B picture. Many of these actors went on to careers in television. Page quit films in 1943.

This is a fast, fun movie.


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