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Hollywood Story (1951)

Approved | | 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 1930s unsolved murder of a famous silent-film director.

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Complete credited cast:
... Larry O'Brien
... Sally Rousseau / Amanda Rousseau (as Julia Adams)
... Police Lt. Bud Lennox
... Vincent St. Clair
... Sam Collyer
... Mitch Davis
... John Miller
... Roland Paul
Katherine Meskill ... Mary
Louis Lettieri ... Jimmy Davis
... Francis X. Bushman
... Betty Blythe
... William Farnum
... Helen Gibson
... Joel McCrea
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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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1 June 1951 (USA)  »

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Richard Conte Hollywood Story  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Larry and Sally screen The Phantom of the Opera (1925), which he cites as one of the films directed by the long-ago murder victim, Franklin Ferrara. Of course, the film was actually directed by Rupert Julian, but the writers obviously felt (no doubt correctly) that audiences in 1951 would not know or remember this, plus it allowed them to reuse footage of an actual silent classic. See more »

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Referenced in The Opera Ghost: A Phantom Unmasked (2000) See more »

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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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Surprisingly good mystery with silent-film era plot
20 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

I got this film because I like 40s/50s mysteries, because I like Richard Conte, and because it was directed by William Castle and thus HAD to be interesting. Actually, it is an excellent little mystery. New York-based producer Conte comes out to LA to make some films and rents an old studio building that hasn't been used since the silent era (which was only 22 years ago at the time of this film). The last year of silents, 1929, a major silent director was killed at the studio, and the case has never been solved. Conte decides to research the director and the murder for a film plot--he digs up a few of the people who worked at the studio and learns more about the mystery... while a new mystery starts to develop and the guilty party from 1929 starts to cause trouble again. It's as cleverly plotted as the best Columbo or Perry Mason episode, and Conte as always is powerful and sympathetic. He was one of the great post-WWII stars and his work should be revived today--watch THE BROTHERS RICO sometime! Great supporting cast with Jim Backus, Richard Egan, the lovely Julie Adams, and silent star and 30s independent-film regular William Farnum. It's always good to be pleasantly surprised by a film that delivers much more than you expected, and this is such a nice little mystery. It's not on video or DVD, but keep your eye out for it.


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