Show Girl in Hollywood

Show Girl in Hollywood

Director: Mervyn LeRoy

Cast: Alice White, Jack Mulhall, Blanche Sweet

     
 

This wonderful Warner Bros. epic was one of the earliest talkie musicals with a Hollywood background -- and the last of its kind until 1933's Sitting Pretty. Alice White stars as pert chorine Dixie Dugan, a character she'd played in 1928's Show Girl (and one which would spin off into a long-running comic strip). This time, Dixie is brought to Hollywood…  See more details below

Overview

This wonderful Warner Bros. epic was one of the earliest talkie musicals with a Hollywood background -- and the last of its kind until 1933's Sitting Pretty. Alice White stars as pert chorine Dixie Dugan, a character she'd played in 1928's Show Girl (and one which would spin off into a long-running comic strip). This time, Dixie is brought to Hollywood to appear in a music titled The Rainbow Girl. Thanks to the urgings of her egotistical director (John Miljan), the normally down-to-earth heroine begins acting like a haughty screen queen. Her temperamental behavior causes a shut-down of the production, ruining the comeback attempt of fading star Donna Harris (played by Blanche Sweet, who at 36 looks far younger than her "over-the-hill" character, who's supposed to be 32!) When Donna nearly commits suicide, Dixie realizes what a jerk she's been, and the show -- er, the movie -- goes on. A surprisingly accurate scene from Show Girl in Hollywood, showing a musical number "in production" on the sound stage has since been excerpted in several TV documentaries on the early sound era. The film originally ended with a Technicolor sequence depicting the premiere of the fictional The Rainbow Girl, with several Warner Bros. employees (Al Jolson, Ruby Keeler, Loretta Young and Walter Pidgeon) in attendance.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/01/2009
UPC:
0883316224779
Original Release:
1930
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:17:00
Sales rank:
55,202

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alice White Dixie Dugan
Jack Mulhall Jimmy Doyle
Blanche Sweet Donna Harris
Ford Sterling Sam Otis
John Miljan Frank Buelow
Virginia Sale Otis' Secretary
Lee Shumway Kramer
Herman Bing Bing
Spec O'Donnell Office Boy
Walter Pidgeon Guest Star

Technical Credits
Mervyn LeRoy Director
Leo F. Forbstein Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Peter Fritch Editor
Jack Haskell Choreography
Robert North Producer
Jack Okey Art Director
Sol Polito Cinematographer
James A. Starr Screenwriter
Harvey Thew Screenwriter

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