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Semi-true story of the Hollywood murder that occurred at a star-studded gathering aboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924.

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Marion Davies
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W.R. Hearst
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Charlie Chaplin
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Thomas Ince
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Elinor Glyn
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Louella Parsons
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Margaret Livingston
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George Thomas
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Dr. Daniel Goodman
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Joseph Willicombe
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Celia
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Didi
Ingrid Lacey ...
Jessica Barham
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Frank Barham
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Elinor's Driver
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Kono
Zoi Mavroudi ...
Servant
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Servant (as Despina Morou)
Stavros Serafetinis ...
Servant
Soweto Kinch ...
Jay - Saxophone
Frank Dawkins ...
Andy - Banjo
Roderick Young ...
Pianist
Robert Mitchell ...
Drummer
Richard Böhringer ...
Silent Movie Director
Hendrik Arnst ...
Mr. Cannonball
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Mrs. Ince (voice) (as Diane Agostini)

Directed by

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Peter Bogdanovich

Written by

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Steven Peros ... (screenplay)
 
Steven Peros ... (play)

Produced by

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Julie Baines ... producer
Ernie Barbarash ... co-producer
Kim Bieber ... producer
Fenia Cossovitsa ... line producer: Greece
Jeff Freilich ... production consultant
Martin Hagemann ... line producer
Carol Lewis ... producer
Iraklis Mavroidis ... line producer: Greece
Dieter Meyer ... producer
Jason Newmark ... associate producer
Michael Paseornek ... executive producer
Wieland Schulz-Keil ... executive producer

Music by

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Ian Whitcomb

Cinematography by

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Bruno Delbonnel ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Edward G. Norris ... (as Edward Norris)

Editorial Department

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Jason Brodkey ... first assistant editor: New York
Nina Caspers ... first assistant editor: Berlin
Chris Houghton ... assistant editor: New York
Traudl Nicholson ... color timer
Laura Weinberg ... assistant editor: New York

Production Design by

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Jean-Vincent Puzos

Art Direction by

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Christian Eisele ... supervising art director
Susanne Hopf
Loukas Oikonomopoulos ... (uncredited)

Set Decoration by

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Daniele Drobny ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

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Caroline de Vivaise ... (as Caroline De Vivaise)

Makeup Department

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Mark English ... hair stylist supervisor
Jacqueline Fowler ... makeup artist (as Jacqui Fowler)
Kathleen Leersen ... assistant makeup artist
Trefor Proud ... hair designer / makeup designer

Production Management

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Nestoras Katsimichas ... production manager: Greece
Hartwig König ... production manager: Greece (as Hartwig Konig)
Sevi Morou ... assistant production manager: Greece
Martin Schlüter ... unit production manager
Tom Sternitzke ... production manager: Greece
Philip Stilman ... post-production supervisor (as Phil Stilman)
Zoi Tsochla ... assistant production manager: Greece

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Tatjana Bonnet ... second assistant director (as Tatjana Jakovleski)
Gesche Carstens ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Ana Montarana Alba ... assistant production designer
Marie-Jo Arnautin ... artistic painter
Friederike Beckert ... prop runner
Hubert Bock ... swing gang
Danny Burke ... prop master: Greece
Angela Dorsch ... drawer
Daniele Drobny ... set designer
Carlo Ferrante ... architect
Benjamin Forster-Baldenius ... drawer
Jens Gaube ... carpenter
Stefan Grebe ... prop buyer
Marita Götz ... constructions props
Ingeborg Heinemann ... art department coordinator
Philipp Hübner ... stand-by construction (as Paul Philipp Hübner)
Gerassimos Karvounis ... props: Greece (as Gerasimos Karvounis)
Robert Kellner ... prop runner
Claudia Kiefer ... stand-by props
Thomas Krause ... set construction / set construction: Greece
Grit Kronacher ... set dresser
Padraic Mac Donnacha ... set construction: Greece
Natalja Meier ... construction drawing assistant (as Natalia Meier)
Christoph Merg ... prop master / set dresser
Anne Metzen ... constructions props
Constanza Niemack ... graphics
Anja Niesler ... financial/controller: construction
Henrik Niesler ... construction manager
Jan Niesler ... construction art director / construction supervisor: Greece
Andrea Oberlechner ... stand-by props assistant
Simon Pasiut ... set construction: Greece
Santiago Isidro Pin ... artistic painter (as Santiago Isidropin)
Christian Pralle ... set construction
Shirley Robinson ... prop buyer: London
Peter Rose ... swing gang
Ronald Rudolph ... construction runner
Markus Schroeder ... set construction: Greece (as Markus Schroder)
Marius Schroger ... architect
Roland Schwarthoff ... carpenter
John Seddal ... greens: Greece
Constanze Siedenburg ... prop designer
Holger Stark ... construction foreman
Ben Stephens ... greens: Greece
Sascha Strutz ... swing gang
Peter Stückenschneider ... set construction: Greece
Ekaterini Thomaidou ... prop buyer: Greece
Claudia Tietjen ... art department office
Christian Tircher ... set construction: Greece
Babis Triantis ... props: Greece
Günter Unterburger ... set painter foreman
Anastasis Venetis ... set construction: Greece
Tom Weber ... stand-by construction
Pete Wendler ... head of construction
Lucinda Whittle ... greens: Greece
Darius Wientzek ... architect
Saskia Heinzel ... painter (uncredited)
Philipp Hübner ... carpenter (uncredited) / on-set swing gang (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Louis Bertini ... adr editor
Matthew C. Beville ... adr mixer: Los Angeles (as Matt Beville)
Sahin Dagdelen ... assistant sound mixer
Pam DeMetruis-Thomas ... dialogue editor (as Pam Demetruis)
Bobby Johanson ... adr mixer: New York
Robert Jäger ... sound mixer
Erik Mischijew ... sound designer
Matz Müller ... sound designer
Thomas Neumann ... foley editor
Paul Oberle ... sound mixer
Alex Raspa ... adr recordist: New York
Frank Regente ... boom operator (as Frank 'Talky' Regente)
Chris Roberts ... adr: London
Günther Röhn ... foley artist
Peter Sandmann ... foley artist
Martin Schloemer ... adr recordist: Los Angeles
Simone Schulz ... foley recordist
Herbert Wüst ... boom operator
Matz Müller ... sound effects editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Martin Gaskell ... special effects supervisor

Camera and Electrical Department

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Tobias Bauermeister ... video operator
Isabelle Casez ... first assistant camera
Birgit Dierken ... assistant camera
Nicole Dierken ... clapper loader
Gerd Domde ... studio electrician
Richard Foreman Jr. ... still photographer (as Richard Foreman)
Paul Freuer ... key grip
Harald Mellwig ... second assistant camera
Andre Poser ... electrician
Johannes Precht ... electrician
Ron Rakowski ... gaffer
Mark Ramsey ... technical supervisor: camera/grip (as Marc Ramsey)
Jorg Santjer ... electrician
Thomas Schenk ... studio electrician
Marc Spicer ... Steadicam operator / camera operator
Danny Steinbrecher ... assistant dolly grip
Mario Suter ... studio electrician
Alexander Fischerkoesen ... director of photography: Greece, second unit (uncredited)
Jens Winkler ... assistant camera: Greece, second unit (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Sarah Beardsall ... casting
Annette Borgmann ... casting: Germany
Beth Bowling ... casting: USA
Makis Gazis ... casting: Greece
Iris Müller ... extras casting
Alexandros Romanos Lizardos ... assistant casting: Greece (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Robert Isaac ... assistant costume designer
Sarah Meyer ... wardrobe
Katja Pothmann ... costume coordinator
Patricia Saalburg ... assistant costume designer
Martina Strauss ... wardrobe

Music Department

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Tim Boatman ... musician: drums
Bobby Bruce ... musician: violin
Tim Emmons ... musician: double bass
James Flatto ... music editor
Joel C. High ... music supervisor
Dan Levinson ... musician: clarinet and saxophone
Tom Marion ... musician: guitar and mandolin
Geoff Nudell ... musician: clarinet and saxophone
Fred Sokolow ... musician: banjo, guitar, mandolin and Hawaiian steel guitar
Chris Tedesco ... musician: trumpet
Stephanie Lynn Urcheck ... music coordinator
Ian Whitcomb ... conductor: The KFI Radio Band / musician: piano, musette, accordion, ukelele and vocals
Randy Woltz ... musician: drums, xylophone, vibraphone, bells and piano

Transportation Department

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Ludger Diekämper ... transportation manager
Edgar Hainke ... production driver
Michael Kraft ... production driver
Jan Kramer ... production driver
Hubert Malouschek ... production driver
Mark Naujock ... picture vehicles: historical vehicles, F.J. Kroger
Michael Schütze ... production driver
Arndt Stepper ... driver: props
Wolfgang Werner ... production driver
Patrick Wiethoff ... driver: props

Other crew

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Matthias Althaus ... tag advisor
Thodoris Athanasopoulos ... caterer: Greece
Volker Beyer ... project controller
Kim Bieber ... stage producer
Heenan Blaikie ... legal
Richard Böhringer ... assistant: Mr. Bogdanovich, Berlin
Paul Cable ... insurance
Dimitris Chalilopoulos ... production assistant: Greece
Iris Chester ... executive assistant: Mr. Bogdanovich
Emily Dische-Becker ... hospitality
Annette Drees ... continuity
Geraldine East ... legal
Christian Ebner ... assistant accountant
Renate Farber ... production coordinator
Pari Garvanos ... production assistant
Luke Golden ... assistant: Mr. Bogdanovich, New York
Peter Grossman ... legal: Lichter, Grossman, Nichols & Adler
Ralf Hartmann ... business affairs: CP Medien
Arlette Heyn ... production accountant
Sarah Hunt ... assistant accountant: UK
Claudia Kalindjian ... publicist
Sandra Lohr ... production assistant
Michael Marker ... banker: Deutsche Bank Berlin
Nickoletta Marouli ... caterer: Greece
Laurie May ... business and legal affairs: Lions Gate
Felix Neunzerling ... publicist
Yiannis Nickolopoulis ... production assistant: Greece
Olga Papada ... production secretary: Greece
Simon Pasiut ... production assistant: Greece
Georgia Passali ... hospitality: Greece
Andreas Pfitzmann ... floor manager
Viola Retzmann ... production secretary
Janine Rieger ... publicity assistant
Jean-Louis Rodrigue ... movement consultant: Kirsten Dunst
Marie Schwarz ... runner: assistant director
Frieder Sievert ... assistant floor manager
Natascha Skara ... production assistant
David Steinberg ... legal
Jim Sternberg ... completion bond
Dominique Thibaud ... banker: National Bank of Canada
Vana Evanthia Tsantila ... assistant production coordinator
Giorgos Tzanakis ... production assistant: Greece
Jasmin Wagner ... production assistant
Frank Weidemann ... banker: Deutsche Bank Berlin

Thanks

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Eric Ayzenberg ... thanks
Maureen Baker ... thanks
Dennis Bartok ... thanks
Darcy Bieber ... thanks
Arpad Bondy ... thanks
Sarah Botstein ... thanks: musician
Paul Brooks ... thanks: musician
Diana Brown ... thanks: Department of Culture
Randall Burg ... thanks
Ken Burns ... special thanks
Julio D'Angelo ... thanks: musician
Marc Elsner ... thanks
William K. Everson ... thanks: in memoriam
Jeff Freilich ... special thanks
Mrs. Georgiadis ... thanks: Radio Korasidi
Stuart Goodman ... thanks
Colin Green ... thanks: Department of Culture
Hristina Hatzaridou ... thanks
Mark Hill ... thanks: musician
Wicky Kalaitzi ... thanks (as Vicky Kalatzi)
Carvin Knowles ... thanks: musician
Myrsini Kontou ... thanks
Ann Kroeber ... thanks
Gogo Lewis ... thanks
William Lewis ... thanks
Tomasz Lipinski ... thanks: musician (as Tom Lopinski)
Rose Markisello ... thanks
Mary McDonwell ... thanks: musician
Loukas Oikonomopoulos ... thanks (as Loukas Iconomopoulos)
Marty Olinick ... thanks: musician
John Peros ... thanks
Bill Rosenfield ... thanks: musician
Dimitrios Rovatsos ... thanks
Philipas Rovatsos ... thanks
Christina Russell ... thanks: musician
Larry Spier ... thanks: musician
Jenny Sullivan ... thanks
Quentin Tarantino ... special thanks
Dimitris Theocharis ... thanks
Doctor Theodosiou ... thanks
Leuteris Vourthis ... thanks
Vasilis Vourthis ... thanks
Kevin Wang ... thanks: musician

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In November of 1924, a mysterious Hollywood death occurred aboard media mogul William Randolph Hearst's yacht. Among the famous guests that weekend were: film star Charlie Chaplin; starlet Marion Davies (who was also Hearst's mistress at the time); silent-film producer Thomas H. Ince (known for creating the first Hollywood-studio facility and for creating an "assembly line" system for filmmaking); and feared gossip columnist, Louella Parsons. Written by Carol Lewis, Producer

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Taglines "The Whisper Told Most Often..." See more »
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Also Known As
  • Everybody Charleston (United States)
  • Un parfum de meurtre (France)
  • El maullido del gato (Spain)
  • Hollywood Confidential (Italy)
  • Hollywoods hemlighet (Finland, Swedish title)
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Runtime
  • 114 min
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Box Office

Budget $7,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $3,646,994

Did You Know?

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Trivia Despite the fact that Charles Chaplin actually had bright blue eyes, Eddie Izzard wore dark contact lenses to keep with the public perception of Chaplin as dark featured. Most have only seen or remember him in black and white films, and assume he had dark eyes. See more »
Goofs Elinor Glyn rides off in the back of a late-1927 Ford Model A. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Cat's Meow. See more »
Soundtracks After You've Gone See more »
Crazy Credits Thanks to the people of Kyparissi; Captain Kostas and the crew of the yacht "Marala" See more »
Quotes Marion Davies: Nothing can happen this weekend.
Charlie Chaplin: So what are you doing next weekend?
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