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Hollywood: Style Center of the World (1940)

Approved | | Documentary, Short | May 1940 (USA)
This short promotes the premise that movies often create a demand for the fashions seen in them. It starts with a vignette in rural America. A mother and daughter go to town to buy a new ... See full summary »

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Oliver Garver
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Morriss ... Mary
Naomi Childers ... Mary's Mother
George Lessey ... Mary's Father
May McAvoy ... Saleslady
Adrian ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lew Ayres ... Himself (archive footage)
Lionel Barrymore ... Himself (archive footage)
Wallace Beery ... Himself (archive footage)
Bruce Cabot ... Himself (archive footage)
Claudette Colbert ... Herself (archive footage)
Joan Crawford ... Herself (archive footage)
Nelson Eddy ... Himself (archive footage)
Clark Gable ... Himself (archive footage)
Greta Garbo ... Herself (archive footage)
Judy Garland ... Herself (archive footage)
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Storyline

This short promotes the premise that movies often create a demand for the fashions seen in them. It starts with a vignette in rural America. A mother and daughter go to town to buy a new dress. In the dress shop window is a designer dress worn by Joan Crawford in a recent movie. We then go to Hollywood and visit Adrian, MGM's chief of costume design, and see how multiple copies of a single clothing pattern are produced. The film ends with short segments of several MGM features. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Documentary | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1940 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This promotional documentary is featured on Warner Brothers' 2002 DVD (re-released in 2005) for The Women (1939). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mary's Mother: [on the phone] Hello? Oh, thank you Jim. Good to hear from you. Yes, I'll call her. Mary. She'll be here in just a minute.
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Crazy Credits

Costume Designer Adrian is identified by the narrator. See more »

Connections

Features Edison, the Man (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

You Are My Lucky Star
(uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Performed by studio orchestra
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More Stars Than There Are In Heaven Wearing More Clothes
16 September 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Here's one of MGM's previews of their forthcoming films. It casts it as Hollywood's influence on style by "annihilating space."

Yikes! Joan Crawford sets the styles for small towns, Robert Taylor's uniforms look better, and the wardrobes of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE will cost $75,000, thanks to the work of Adrian. Then, of course, we get clips from forthcoming movies. It's noteworthy that the MGM production of THE YEARLING is announced for the forthcoming season; various factors would delay it and result in extensive recasting, with Spencer Tracy being replaced by Gregory Peck, Ann Revere with Jane Wyman, and Gene Eckman by Claude Jarman Jr. Even the directors switched, from Victor Fleming to King Vidor, to, ultimately, the ever-dependable Clarence Brown. All of whom, no doubt, looked fabulous.


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