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Hollywood Story (1951)

During the 1950s Hollywood, an independent producer unwisely opens an old can of worms when he decides to make a movie about the 1930s unsolved murder of a famous silent-film director.

Director:

William Castle

Writers:

Frederick Kohner (story), Frederick Brady (story) (as Fred Brady) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Conte ... Larry O'Brien
Julie Adams ... Sally Rousseau / Amanda Rousseau (as Julia Adams)
Richard Egan ... Police Lt. Bud Lennox
Henry Hull ... Vincent St. Clair
Fred Clark ... Sam Collyer
Jim Backus ... Mitch Davis
Houseley Stevenson ... John Miller
Paul Cavanagh ... Roland Paul
Katherine Meskill Katherine Meskill ... Mary
Louis Lettieri Louis Lettieri ... Jimmy Davis
Francis X. Bushman ... Francis X. Bushman
Betty Blythe ... Betty Blythe
William Farnum ... William Farnum
Helen Gibson ... Helen Gibson
Joel McCrea ... Joel McCrea
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Storyline

Hollywood 1950: The successful producer Larry O'Brian arrives in Los Angeles to found a motion picture company. He buys an old studio which was unused since the days of silent movies. He's shown the office where the famous director Franklin Farrara was shot. The case hasn't been solved until now, although there were many suspects. O'Brian becomes fascinated by the subject and wants to shoot a movie about it. He investigates himself and soon gets into danger himself. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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We can't tell you what this picture is about ... without giving away the secret that rocked the lives of five fabulous people!


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Richard Conte Hollywood Story See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Silent stars Francis X. Bushman, Betty Blythe, Helen Gibson, and William Farnum are featured, but Elmo Lincoln appears in an unnamed bit part. Joel McCrea who appears in one scene was also in silent films. See more »

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Referenced in The Player (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Song of India
(uncredited)
Written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Arranged by Ferde Grofé Sr.
Played by the player piano in Franklin Ferrara's office
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A good mystery with a fascinating back story
24 June 2010 | by tbrittreidSee all my reviews

My position is exactly the same as that of bsnmsn. I saw this on "The Late Show" (for me, a locally-operated movie slot following the post-prime time news), where I saw numerous great, old films. Then, years later I learned about the William Desmond Taylor murder and recognized the parallels to this movie. Just couldn't be coincidence. I think I've seen "Hollywood Story" once since then, either on local TV in the late 70s to early 80s, or on a cable channel (TBS, WGN, WOR) in the early 80s. I keep scouring the listings of Turner Classic Movies for it, but so far no luck. BTW, I gave it a 7 out of 10, dropping a little because I remember it as looking somewhat low-budget; it IS an early William Castle effort.


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