A "Broadway Brevity" short from Vitaphone shot in Technicolor that spoofs the Hollywood studio set-up. When the ballerina star of a musical feature walks off in a huff, aided by the ...
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Roger Wolfe Kahn,
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Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra,
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A "Broadway Brevity" short from Vitaphone shot in Technicolor that spoofs the Hollywood studio set-up. When the ballerina star of a musical feature walks off in a huff, aided by the fit-throwing director (Fritz Feld), her understudy (Evelyn Thawl) steps in and "a star is born." Written by
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Basically, an excuse to hype all the most recent Warner Brothers films...
This Vitaphone short is a combination of self-promotion for Warner Brothers as well as promoting the myth about being discovered in Hollywood. It begins with four of the studio's stars doing quick walk-ons (actually drive-ons)...Dick Foran, Wayne Morris, Ann Sheridan and Pat O'Brian. Then you see folks going on a studio tour and they show various clips of the recent studio productions. The story begins because one of the folks on the tour is a young woman who just KNOWS she's got what it takes to be a star. So, inexplicably, a make-up man champions her cause with a temperamental director...even though no one in the film has seen her sing, dance or act! I am sure this sort of thing happened all the time in Hollywood (NO IT DIDN'T!!!). And, by the end of the picture, she's been discovered and is more popular than Taco Tuesdays.
So is it any good? Well, the star cameos at the beginning aren't that interesting (none of them do anything particularly interesting) and the clips are merely self-promotion. As to the story, it's one giant cliché...an enjoyable cliché but very clichéd nevertheless. My only complaints are too many dull dance numbers and the cameos SHOULD have been much more interesting. So, looking back, it's not that great a film...more a time-passer than anything else.
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