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When the Applause Died (1990)

Not Rated | | Documentary | Video 6 May 1990
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Hollywood's glittering stars and starlets have always been the envy of the movie-going public. With their fame, wealth and lush lifestyles, they epitomize the "good life" we find so ... See full summary »


Nick Bougas


F.B. Vincinzo





Credited cast:
Paul Durris Paul Durris ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beverly Aadland Beverly Aadland ... Herself (archive footage)
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Himself (archive footage)
John Belushi ... Himself (archive footage)
Lenny Bruce ... Himself (archive footage)
Errol Flynn ... Himself (archive footage)
Judy Garland ... Herself (archive footage)
Jimi Hendrix ... Himself (archive footage)
William Holden ... Himself (archive footage)
Janis Joplin ... Herself (archive footage)
Jim Morrison ... Himself (archive footage)
Elvis Presley ... Himself (archive footage)
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Himself (archive footage)
Spencer Tracy ... Himself (archive footage)


Hollywood's glittering stars and starlets have always been the envy of the movie-going public. With their fame, wealth and lush lifestyles, they epitomize the "good life" we find so glamorous. Yet every pleasure has its price, and sometimes bearing the burden of fame can be an overwhelming task. All too often, celebrities find refuge and solace in a bottle of booze, a vial of pills, or a dirty syringe...and destroy their careers, families, and lives in the process. Through exclusive footage and little known facts, When the Applause Died (1990)takes an uncensored, shocking look at Hollywood's brightest stars and music's hottest rockers who burned out and faded away due to their own self-abuse. 'Spencer Tracy', William Holden, Errol Flynn...names that conjure images of self-satisfied greatness. And yet despite their fame and fortune, these stars and many others featured in this documentary were unable to enjoy the fruits of their labor without numbing themselves to what should have been... Written by Ray Etheridge

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6 May 1990 (USA) See more »

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Death in Hollywood 2 See more »

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Golden West Films See more »
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Very hard to find, but well worth it
17 May 2004 | by bobbyknightmareSee all my reviews

I discovered this title, along with companion title "Death In Hollywood," in a video store in Minot, ND. They're both great documentaries, with plenty of classic scenes, movie trailer, clips of performances and pulls no punches in describing and showing the destruction that substance abuse wreaked upon some of the industry's top stars and their families.

Beginning with Fatty Arbuckle and ending with Janis Joplin, the tragic consequences of alcohol and drug abuse are shown, with no attempt to romanticize their affects rather showing the waste and pain that they brought to the performers and their fans.

Perhaps the two titles will one day be updated and put on DVD. Until then, check Ebay often and bid aggressively.

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