Show of Shows

Show of Shows

Director: John G. Adolphi

Cast: Armida, Noah Beery Sr., Sally Blane

     
 

Basically a filmed vaudeville presentation, The Show of Shows was Warner Bros.' entry in the "all star, all talking, all singing and all dancing" sweepstakes of 1929. Though slightly better than MGM's Hollywood Revue of 1929, the Warners entry pales in comparison to Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 and Paramount on Parade, due mainly to theSee more details below

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Basically a filmed vaudeville presentation, The Show of Shows was Warner Bros.' entry in the "all star, all talking, all singing and all dancing" sweepstakes of 1929. Though slightly better than MGM's Hollywood Revue of 1929, the Warners entry pales in comparison to Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 and Paramount on Parade, due mainly to the film's master of ceremonies, the insufferable Frank Fay. Some of the individual acts seen in Show of Shows were pretty good, notably Winnie Lightner's delightful "Singing in the Bathtub" (a spoof of Hollywood Revue of 1929's "Singin' in the Rain") and John Barrymore's brilliant rendition of Richard III's soliloquy from Shakespeare's Henry VI. Also easy to take was "Floradora Sextette," featuring such luminaries as Myrna Loy, Patsy Ruth Miller and cross-eyed comedian Ben Turpin, and "Eight Sister Acts," including such Hollywood siblings as Dolores and Helene Costello, Sally Blane and Loretta Young and Shirley Mason and Viola Dana (also teamed in this number are Ann Sothern and Marion Byron, who were not sisters). But for the most part, the acts are on a par with "Skull and Crossbones," a boring production number showcasing entertainer Ted Lewis, and "Recitations," a one-joke affair in which three different anecdotes (related by Frank Fay, Louis Fazenda, Lloyd Hamilton and Bea Lillie) are melded into one. Show of Shows was originally released in two-color Technicolor but now exists only in black in white, save for the "Chinese Fantasy" number featuring crooner Nick Lucas and Warner Bros. contractee Myrna Loy.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Warner Bros.' Show of Shows, much like its MGM-spawned rival Hollywood Revue of 1929, holds up today mostly as an artifact to a by-gone age of entertainment -- in a time when audiences were transfixed by any kind of talking picture, it gets away with a lot without the benefit of much (if any) editing and a totally stationary camera; the beauty of the movie is that it not only preserves acts of the period, but includes itos own tributes to entertainments of the past, so that what we're seeing is a compendium of performers and pieces covering a good three decades. The movie hasn't been handed down to us in its optimal state -- though shot in two-color Technicolor, it has survived in black-and-white, apart from the "Chinese Fantasy" segement -- so it's hardly fair to judge, from this late date, 80 years past, the worth of all of the work and decisions made by its makers. But it's also easy to see what they did not have in mind, and on that count Show Of Shows is sorely lacking, as were most of the "revue"-type pictures of this era. Hollywood Revue of 1929 has been better preserved, and also features a better score and more ambitious staging, camera work, and a better overall cast of performers, and is probably a better place to start absorbing this film output.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/08/2009
UPC:
0883316224731
Original Release:
1929
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
2:03:00
Sales rank:
49,547

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Armida Sister Act #3
Noah Beery Actor
Sally Blane Sister Act #6
Marion Byron Sister Act #7
Dolores Costello Sister Act #1
Helene Costello Sister Act #1
Viola Dana Sister Act #8
Alice Day Sister Act #4
Marceline Day Sister Act #4
Beatrice Lillie Actor
Lola Sister Act #3
Ada Mae Sister Act #5
Shirley Mason Sister Act #8
Molly O'Day Sister Act #2
Sally O'Neil Sister Act #2
Ann Sothern Sister Act #7
Alberta Vaughn Sister Act #5
H.B. Warner Actor
Loretta Young Sister Act #6
Johnny Arthur Actor
Mary Astor Actor
John Barrymore Guest
Richard Barthelmess Guest
Monte Blue Actor
Irene Bordoni Actor
Hobart Bosworth Actor
Jack Buchanan Actor
Chester Conklin 'Bicycle Built for Two' sequence
Hans Conried Actor
Douglas Fairbanks Guest
Frank Fay Master of Ceremonies
Louise Fazenda Actor
Lloyd Hamilton Actor
Lila Lee Actor
Winnie Lightner Actor
Myrna Loy Guest
Nick Lucas Actor
Tully Marshall Actor
Patsy Ruth Miller Actor
Lee Moran Actor
Frank Morgan Actor
Chester Morris Actor
Marian Nixon Actor
Ben Turpin Actor
Alice White Actor
Lois Wilson 'Bicycle Built for Two' sequence
Grant Withers Actor
Rin Tin Tin Actor
Louis Silvers Conductor

Technical Credits
John G. Adolphi Director
J.K. Brennan Songwriter
Al Bryan Songwriter
Joe Burke Songwriter
Larry Ceballos Choreography
Jack Haskell Choreography
M.K. Jerome Songwriter
Earl Luick Costumes/Costume Designer
Herb Magidson Songwriter
Bernard McGill Cinematographer
Max Parker Set Decoration/Design
Ray Perkins Songwriter
Herman Ruby Songwriter
Edward Ward Songwriter
Ned Washington Songwriter

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