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Hollywood Boulevard (1936)

Approved | | Drama | 21 August 1936 (USA)
With a full Hollywood background and settings but more an expose of scandal-and-gossip magazines of the era, has-been actor John Blakeford agrees to write his memoirs for magazine-publisher... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Florey

Writers:

Faith Thomas (story), Max Marcin (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Halliday ... John Wellington Blakeford
Marsha Hunt ... Patricia Blakeford
Robert Cummings ... Jay Wallace
C. Henry Gordon ... Jordan Winslow
Esther Ralston ... Flora Moore
Esther Dale ... Martha
Frieda Inescort ... Alice Winslow
Albert Conti ... Bill Sanford - Trocadero Manager
Thomas E. Jackson ... Detective
Oscar Apfel ... Dr. Inslow
Purnell Pratt ... Mr. Steinman
Irving Bacon ... Gus - Trocadero Bartender
Richard Powell Richard Powell ... Pete Moran
Rita La Roy ... Nella
Francis X. Bushman ... Frank - Director, Desert Scene
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Storyline

With a full Hollywood background and settings but more an expose of scandal-and-gossip magazines of the era, has-been actor John Blakeford agrees to write his memoirs for magazine-publisher Jordan Winston. When Blakeford's daughter, Patricia, ask him to desist for the sake of his ex-wife, Carlotta Blakeford, he attempts to break his contract with Winston. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boulevard de Hollywood See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Connections

Remake of The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra (1928) See more »

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Shades of Paramount's Later Sunset Boulevard
14 July 2008 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

Florey's original cut ran 83 minutes, which I'll agree was too long to hold audience interest in a central story that, although strongly plotted, was weighed down with an inconsequential subsidiary romance featuring an overly verbose and mindlessly self-centered young hero. The shears were desperately needed, but instead of taking them to the youthful egotist, the main story was trimmed instead, throwing the whole movie way off balance. This was bad enough. But worse still was the fact that the repulsive know-it-all who delivers every single line of his wearisome dialogue with such over-the-top enthusiasm, was enacted by the overbearing Robert Cummings, whose non-stop self-adulation even manages to shade his beautiful co-star, Marsha Hunt. Florey's direction was slack in this respect, but fortunately, John Halliday and a fascinating line-up of support players, including Frieda Inescort, Maurice Costello and Gary Cooper, do their utmost to re-focus audience attention. They are helped immeasurably by the superb cinematography of Karl Struss. The Hollywood street scenes and other location cameos like the series introducing Marsha Hunt holding flowers are often breath-taking.


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