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Variety Girl (1947)

Dozens of star and character-actor cameos and a message about the Variety Club (show-business charity) are woven into a framework about two hopeful young ladies who come to Hollywood, ... See full summary »

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George Marshall

Writers:

Monte Brice (screenplay), William Cottrell (special puppetoon sequence) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Hatcher ... Catherine Brown / Juliet
Olga San Juan ... Amber La Vonne
DeForest Kelley ... Bob Kirby
Frank Ferguson ... R.J. O'Connell
Glenn Tryon ... Bill Farris
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Webster
Torben Meyer ... Andre - Brown Derby Headwaiter
Jack Norton ... Busboy at Brown Derby
Elaine Riley Elaine Riley ... Cashier (Brown Derby)
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Mr. O'Connell's Assistant
Gus Taute Gus Taute ... O'Connell's Assistant's Assistant
Harry Hayden ... Manager - Grauman's Chinese Theatre
Bing Crosby ... Bing Crosby
Bob Hope ... Bob Hope
Gary Cooper ... Gary Cooper
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Dozens of star and character-actor cameos and a message about the Variety Club (show-business charity) are woven into a framework about two hopeful young ladies who come to Hollywood, exchange identities, and cause comic confusion (with slapstick interludes) throughout the Paramount studio. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mädchen für Hollywood See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (cartoon sequence)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Includes a five-minute color Puppetoon segment "Romeow and Julicat" by George Pal. It turned out to be Pal's last Puppetoon short; he split up with Paramount afterwards to become an independent producer. See more »

Quotes

Bing Crosby: [after Bob Hope falls off the stage during their dance number] I sure do miss Fred Astaire!
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Alternate Versions

Although the George Pal Puppetoon sequence was originally presented in Technicolor, most extant prints of "Variety Girl" now show this segment in black-and-white. See more »

Connections

References The Lost Weekend (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

ROMEOW AND JULICAT
Written by Edward H. Plumb
Performed by Mary Hatcher, Pinto Colvig, and chorus
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The Paramount studio family
6 June 2008 | by jotix100See all my reviews

"Variety Girl", a film from 1947, showed up recently on cable. The film, which takes the theme of the Variety Club, which was a charitable organization involving well known movie people, is an excuse for showcasing the talent players employed by the studio. Paramount was at the time one of the most powerful places in which movies were made. As such, the idea behind this picture was to show how united and family-like the studio was.

The story is paper thin. It presents an implausible situation about two young women trying to make it in the movie industry. They, like thousand other hopefuls, attracted by the glamour of Hollywood came to Los Angeles in droves to be discovered. This is exactly what Katherine Brown and Amber Lavonne try to do with amazing results.

The fun in watching "Variety Girl" is recognizing stars, larger than life, being caught in the act of being themselves. Thus, we see the likes of Alan Ladd, Dorothy Lamour, Burt Lancaster, Lizabeth Scott, Barbara Stanwych, Gary Cooper, William Holden, William Bendix, and many others involved in either the show that takes the center of the story, or just around the studio, mixing with colleagues and extras.

The funniest sequence involved Olga San Juan, who plays Amber, emoting to the high heavens just to be noticed by the many diners at the Brown Derby. Also the singing duo of Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in their rendition of Harmony.

This is just an entertainment as conceived by the studio, no doubt. The best way to watch it is just to do so without expecting anything other than a smile. That way it will not disappoint.


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