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Hollywood Babylon (1972)

X | | Drama | 7 February 1972 (USA)
This is like a documentary on the scandals in the Golden Age of Hollywood during the 1920's. Contains many reenactments of major scandals.

Director:

Van Guylder

Writer:

L.K. Farbella (adapted for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roger Gentry Roger Gentry ... Big Daddy / Bartender (as Jim Gentry)
Myron Griffin Myron Griffin ... Charlie Chaplin
Ashley Phillips Ashley Phillips
Uschi Digard ... Party Girl / Marlene Dietrich (as Uschi Digart)
Marland Proctor ... Wally Reid (as Lloyd Allen)
Maria Arnold Maria Arnold ... Party Girl / Mistress / Nightclub Performer / Orgy Girl on Set
Dave Hagle Dave Hagle
Matt Hewitt Matt Hewitt ... Marlene's Discoverer / Doctor
Al Ward Al Ward ... Waiter
Joe Stinson Joe Stinson
Jane Allyson Jane Allyson ... Girl at Arbuckle's Party / Whipped Girl
Nora Wieternik Nora Wieternik ... Girl at Party
Suzanne Fields ... Party Girl / Mildred Harris / Nightclub Patron (as Cindy Hopkins)
Bunny Bronstein Bunny Bronstein
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A faux cautionary documentary based on Kenneth Anger's book Hollywood Babylon that portrays several notorious celebrity sex scandals from the golden age of Hollywood through film clips and often humorous softcore reenactments. Like the book, the movie covers both real and rumored scandals. The movie consists of sexploitational vignettes narrated by the semi-serious narrator. Some of the real life people portrayed in the movie are not named directly but its heavily implied who they're suppose to be. The movie focuses on Olive Thomas, Wallace "Wally" Reid, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Marion Davies and the Thomas H. Ince incident, Charlie Chaplin and Lita Grey, Rudolph Valentino, Marlene Dietrich's bisexuality, Erich von Stroheim, and Clara Bow.

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Taglines:

The Down and Dirty Side of the Dream Makers See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

X
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1972 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color
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Boring and overlong adults only "expose"
11 November 2000 | by Casey-52See all my reviews

Based on the Kenneth Anger book of the same name, HOLLYWOOD BABYLON is over 50% public domain silent movie footage with boring narration over it. I can't believe I'm commenting on this, as it is really nothing to comment on, but there are some good sequences of Uschi Digard as a lesbian Marlene Dietrich and the re-enactment of the Fatty Arbuckle scandal. Otherwise, nothing to shout about and certainly nothing to seek out. Maybe if you're a Hollywood scandal fanatic, but even then, more time is spent on Hollywood history (mostly fictional).


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