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A Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio (1935)

After showing establishing shots from the air or outside the gates of several of the 1930s major movie studios, the viewer is taken inside Warner Bros. studios to get a behind-the-scenes look at the film-making process.


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This short first shows the audience the entrances of the major Hollywood studios, then visits the Warner Brothers/First National studio. We start at the casting office, then get to see Busby Berkeley and choreographer Bobby Connolly working with chorus girls on production numbers. Then come some candid shots of several contract stars, such as Warren William, Ann Dvorak, and Pat O'Brien. Finally, we see comedian Hugh Herbert filming a scene for an upcoming release. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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Release Date:

2 February 1935 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Included in Warner Home Video's 2006 6-disc DVD release "The Busby Berkeley Collection". See more »


[Hugh Herbert finishes putting on his make-up]
Hugh Herbert: A little powder, a little paint, make little Hughie look what he ain't!
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References Wonder Bar (1934) See more »


You Oughta Be in Pictures
Music by Dana Suesse
Played during the opening credits
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A quick look inside Warner Bros. studios in 1935...
22 October 2009 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

We get to see an outside glimpse of various major studios during Hollywood's golden years, including Fox, RKO, Warner Bros., Paramount, MGM and Universal before the film concentrates on the Warner studio.

After a brief background on the cumbersome equipment needed to make movies, including overhead mikes and huge cameras, there's a look at several Warner players going about their business on the Warner lot.

But first, some chorus girls go through their paces rehearsing a number about to be filmed for some unnamed musical under Busby Berkeley's direction.

Then we get a glimpse of several Warner stars in supposedly candid moments on the studio lot. Among these are Pat O'Brien, Jean Muir, James Cagney and Dolores Del Rio. Then there's a bit by Hugh Herbert who goes through a take on one of his upcoming films with material that is decidedly below par.

At the finish of Herbert's act, it's "The End." Uninspired little short subject has really nothing to offer in the way of true entertainment.

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