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A Virgin in Hollywood (1953)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Music | 7 October 1953 (USA)
A young female newspaper reporter is assigned by her editor to investigate the seamier side of Hollywood.

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... Darla Sloan
Thad Swift ... Tall Tom
Phil Rhodes ... Hanson
Carol Brewster ... Model / Dancer
Donna Hunt ... Model / Dancer
Jeannette Carver ... Model / Dancer
'Skippy' Haynes ... Bad Burlesque Comic
John Mooney ... Really Bad Burlesque Comic
Leo V. Matranga ... Extra Bad Burlesque Comic
Robin Jewel ... Really Bad Dancer
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A young female newspaper reporter is assigned by her editor to investigate the seamier side of Hollywood.

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Take a Peek at the Side Streets of Hollywood

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Comedy | Music

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Hollywood Confidential  »

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$17,000 (estimated)
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At least "Plan 9 From Outer Space" had a plot...
22 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

As far as I know, the only way you can see this movie is to get a copy of the Alpha Video DVD. Unfortunately, the quality of the print is pretty bad--though I can't see any reason for anyone to try to restore this mess.

When this movie begins, you are told that this movie is based on a book by Darla Stone and it's about her TRUE experiences in Hollywood. You see an actress (Dorothy Abbott, playing Stone) back East--talking with her boss about heading to Hollywood to find out if it REALLY is a den of iniquity. For much of the film, Abbott wanders about the city like it's a cheap travelogue. Then, she wanders, accidentally, into a den of sin where glamor photographers try to get women to undress. From here, it leads to a burlesque theater where practically nothing happens. Sure, there are strippers--but strippers who only strip down to their underwear. For 1953, this was hot stuff--seen today, you can't help but think of how disappointed folks were and how most of the time they were hoping against hope that they'd actually see something. Teeny, tiny peeks are all you'll get in this one and the film is pretty much PG.

Most of the film is silent--with voice-over by Abbott and cheesy music. As for the voice-overs, Abbott seemed to have a lot of trouble reading the script--perhaps due, in part, to the inanity of the lines. I can't blame her completely, as most of the 'actors' in the film show they are equally talented in their deliveries. Overall, there isn't a lot of plot--much of it shots of strippers doing their act as filler as well as ladies in bikinis and underwear. There also is a few odd sequences about blind dates in which burlesque comics show their routines--why, I have no idea! One even chased her around the apartment with his whip! It has nothing to do with the film and made no sense at all--and was about as much fun as a trip to a sewage treatment plant. There's also an inexplicable sequence involving a cross-dresser! This entire mess is all strung together sloppily into an exploitation film that hardly exploits anything--and ends with the lamest cat-fight in film history! Believe it or not, they managed to make it all seem pretty boring and I would assume audiences would have left feeling very frustrated and angry.

My mention of "Plan 9 From Outer Space" is because although many consider this among the worst films ever made, at least it had a plot--a dumb one, but a plot. As for "A Virgin in Hollywood", there is hardly any plot at all and the acting and direction are no better than the "Plan 9" variety. It is, however, good for a laugh--if you love bad movies. My wife couldn't stand it--I thought it was kind of funny--though I have a VERY high tolerance for horrible cinema. And, if I had a list of the 50 worst films in Hollywood history, I would probably include this one...though there are so many deserving exploitation films! Also, in an unusual touch, look at the IMDb credits for the film--such as BAD BURLESQUE COMIC, REALLY BAD BURLESQUE COMIC and EXTRA BAD BURLESQUE COMIC! A cute touch!


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