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Hollywood Story (1951)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 June 1951 (USA)
During the 1950s Hollywood, an independent producer unwisely opens an old can of worms when he decides to make a movie about the 1929 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!


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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

Story is fiction but loosely based on the real-life 1922 murder of film director William Desmond Taylor, which ruined the film careers of Mabel Normand and Mary Miles Minter though the case has never been solved. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood: The Great Stars (1963) 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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Not Bad
8 May 2007 | by bsnmsnSee all my reviews

Saw this movie as a kid, watching " The Late Show, " which was always a great old b/w movie. Years later, read about the murder of William Desmond Taylor and thought this hit awfully close to home. Taylor was a director of some note in early Hollywood, but also known to be quite the ladies' man. He was murdered in his apartment and the case was never officially solved. After his murder, the career of Mary Miles Minter, a well known Hollywood starlet was pretty much in ruins, due to several pieces of her personal belongings found at the scene of the crime, which is interesting, as studio bigwigs were called to the apartment before the police were called. Also interesting was the rumor that his now missing valet / butler / chauffeur was in reality his brother. The deceased Tayor was not who he appeared to be - he had long before abandoned a wife and child and re-invented himself. Years later, the famed Hollywood director King Vidor became interested in the mystery and worked on it for some years. His efforts were detailed in a book called " A Cast Of Killers, " well worth the read.


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