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It Happened in Hollywood (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 7 September 1937 (USA)
While hospitalized young Billy meets his silent movie idol Tim Bart but then the talkies came, destroying Bart's career. Now Bart must convince his young friend he is still a star.

Director:

Harry Lachman

Writers:

Ethel Hill (screen play), Harvey Fergusson (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Dix ... Tim Bart
Fay Wray ... Gloria Gay
Victor Kilian ... Slim
Charles Arnt ... Jed Reed
Granville Bates ... Sam Bennett
William B. Davidson ... Al Howard
Arthur Loft ... Pete
Edgar Dearing ... Joe Stevens
James Donlan James Donlan ... Shorty
Bill Burrud ... Billy - The Kid (as Billy Burrud)
Franklin Pangborn ... Mr. Forsythe
Zeffie Tilbury ... Miss Gordon
Harold Goodwin ... Buck
Charles Brinley ... Pappy
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While hospitalized young Billy meets his silent movie idol Tim Bart but then the talkies came, destroying Bart's career. Now Bart must convince his young friend he is still a star.

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THE FLESH AND BLOOD DRAMA BEHIND THE SCREEN'S SOUND AND SHADOWS! (original lobby card-all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Toby, the name of Dix's horse, is based on Tom Mix's horse, Tony. See more »

Goofs

Although set in the transitional Hollywood silents-to-talkies period of late Twenties/very early Thirties, many of the celebrity doubles show up in costumes inspired by roles they didn't play until middle Thirties. See more »

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Opening credits cast shown as the pages of a book. See more »

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We didn't need words...we had FACES!
24 November 2008 | by TheKingOfLasVegasSee all my reviews

There haven't been many movies on the subject of THE most fascinating and terrifying era of Hollywood history - the chaotic and brutal transition from Silents to Talkies (that period ended WAY more Hollywood careers than the McCarthy blacklist era). The best known, of course, are "Singin' In The Rain" (the most complete treatment of the subject, and DAZZLINGLY funny), and "Sunset Blvd" (oh-so-dark, and with razor-sharp teeth), and they were both 20+ years after the fact. Here's one that's less than 10 years removed, when the wounds of the victims were still pretty fresh and oozing, and it's flawed but TERRIBLY fascinating in that light. This page categorizes it as COMEDY, but I didn't detect any (intentional) laughs, except perhaps in the bizarre (and tacked-on-feeling) party sequence near the end featuring actual stand-ins for many major stars of the day. One suspects that Dix played a major role in bringing this story to the screen, and that it might have represented his own story (his thinly-fictionalized character fails to make the switch to talkies because of a mild drawl, and because, supposedly, Westerns are finished due to the inability to take the new technology outdoors). As I studied his filmography on this site, I'm seeing that he was never unemployed during that era, but that he DID go from making 5 or 6 films a year in the mid-'20s to 1 or 2 a year in the early thirties, so I guess that might have been a sufficient jolt to his lifestyle to embitter him a bit. REALLY interesting stuff, and Fay Wray is GORGEOUS and memorable (as always). Absolutely recommendable to any Hollywood history buff.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Once a Hero See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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