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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

The fake photo of the vamp is "Theda Brent." This is likely a reference to Theda Bara and Evelyn Brent, both major silent film stars. See more »

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Features The Phantom of the Opera (1925) See more »

Soundtracks

Song of India
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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 django-1See 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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