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Hollywood Story
     

Hollywood Story

Director: William Castle,

Cast: Richard Conte, Julie Adams, Richard Egan

 
Economically utilizing the Universal Studio itself as a "set," Hollywood Story is a murder mystery centered in the film capital. The story concerns a long-unsolved homicide case involving several silent-film stars (an echo of the William Desmond Taylor scandal of 1922). Producer Richard Conte decides to make a movie based on the case, and to this end rounds up

Overview

Economically utilizing the Universal Studio itself as a "set," Hollywood Story is a murder mystery centered in the film capital. The story concerns a long-unsolved homicide case involving several silent-film stars (an echo of the William Desmond Taylor scandal of 1922). Producer Richard Conte decides to make a movie based on the case, and to this end rounds up its surviving participants, including a once-great star/director (Henry Hull) reduced to bit parts. The denouement holds no surprises for mystery fans, but is effectively staged by director William Castle. Hollywood Story is given the aura of verisimilitude by the presence of several silent-movie celebrities (including William Farnum and Francis X. Bushman) as "themselves." Also appearing in an unheralded bit part is Elmo Lincoln, moviedom's first "Tarzan."

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although Hollywood Story is far from its obvious inspiration (Hollywood Boulevard), it's a surprisingly entertaining little neo-noir thriller. Credit director William Castle for a lot of its success. His work here is smooth, professional and clean, intent on telling this story with little fuss but with an eye on keeping things hopping so that the viewer is always engaged. With that in mind, when Castle comes to a hole in the screenplay -- of which there are several -- he jumps hops right over it, acting as if it isn't there and that even it were, it wouldn't really matter. The basic story of Story is a good one, even if the writers don't execute it with the greatest skill. Richard Conte is quite good as the director-turned-detective who finds himself knee-deep in tension, and Julie Adams is lovely to look at as the woman he falls for. Henry Hull and Fred Clark are dependable, and the cameo appearances of genuine silent screen personalities adds some "oomph" to the proceedings. The ending to Story is atmospherically at odds with all that proceeds, but was probably deemed necessary by the studio brass.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2015
UPC:
0025192245664
Original Release:
1951
Source:
Universal Mod
Time:
1:16:00
Sales rank:
32,991

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Conte Larry O'Brien
Julie Adams Sally Rousseau
Richard Egan Lt. Lennox
Henry Hull Vincent St. Clair
Fred Clark Sam Collyer
Jim Backus Mitch Davis
Houseley Stevenson Mr. Miller
Paul Cavanagh Roland Paul
Katherine Meskill Mary
Louis Lettieri Jimmy
Betty Blythe Actor
Francis X. Bushman Actor
William Farnum Actor
Helen Gibson Actor
Joel McCrea Guest

Technical Credits
William Castle Director
Fred Brady Screenwriter
Joseph E. Gershenson Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Leonard Goldstein Producer
Carl Guthrie Cinematographer
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
Frederick Kohner Screenwriter
Richard H. Riedel Art Director
Virgil Vogel Editor

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