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Hollywood Hotel (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 15 January 1938 (USA)
Ronny Bowers, a saxophonist in Benny Goodman's band has won a talent contest an got a ten week contract with a film studio. On his first evening he is supposed to go with the studio's star ... See full summary »

Director:

Busby Berkeley

Writers:

Jerry Wald (screen play), Maurice Leo (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Powell ... Ronnie Bowers
Rosemary Lane ... Virginia
Lola Lane ... Mona Marshall
Hugh Herbert ... Chester Marshall
Ted Healy ... Fuzzy
Glenda Farrell ... Jonesy
Johnnie Davis ... Georgia
Louella Parsons ... Louella Parsons
Alan Mowbray ... Alexander Dupre
Mabel Todd ... Dot Marshall
Frances Langford ... Alice
Jerry Cooper Jerry Cooper ... Jerry Cooper
Ken Niles Ken Niles ... Ken Niles
Duane Thompson Duane Thompson ... Announcer Duane Thompson
Allyn Joslyn ... Bernie Walton
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Storyline

Ronny Bowers, a saxophonist in Benny Goodman's band has won a talent contest an got a ten week contract with a film studio. On his first evening he is supposed to go with the studio's star Mona Marshall to a movie premiere. But this lady doesn't want to go, so the bosses decide to use for Mona a double, Virginia. When Mona finds out next morning that happened, she insisted to fire her double and Ronny. Ronny finds work as singing waiter in a drive in, and is spotted by a director of the same studio, who wants him to lend his voice for an leading actor in a musical. After the first screening the actor is invited by Louella Parsons to sing in her program "Hollywood Hotel". He accepts, but he doesn't know that Ronny Bowers does not want to lend him his voice again. So everybody starts to play his little game to solve his own problems. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Himaires tou Hollywood See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The airplane Ronnie is depicted as shown flying out of St. Louis is a 1937 Douglas DC-3B owned by TWA, registration NC17316. Not long after being filmed, this plane would crash after taking off from Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 24, 1938 due to engine failure. There were no serious injuries for the passengers or crew, but the plane was a total loss. See more »

Goofs

In the "Hooray for Hollywood" portion of the finale, Johnnie Davis is shown playing the trumpet on the back row of Benny Goodman's band while at the same time he's in the audience singing. See more »

Quotes

Mona Marshall: [outraged that the studio has used a double to stand in for her at a premiere] Thousands of girls think they look like me, and where are they?
Fuzzy: They're having their faces changed.
Mona Marshall: [to her double] How dare you go around with a face like mine?
Fuzzy: Why don't you send your face to Washington and have it copyrighted?
Mona Marshall: It *is* copyrighted. For years, my face has been on the sidewalk, in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
Fuzzy: Yeah, well why don't you leave it there?
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Connections

Featured in For Auld Lang Syne (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Like a Fish out of Water
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting (as Dick Whiting)
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Dick Powell, Rosemary Lane
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A fun romp around Hollywood, featuring Dick Powell, a couple Lane sisters, and the Benny Goodman Orchestra
31 August 2013 | by jimjo1216See all my reviews

This is an entertaining enough Warner Bros. musical. It's got some behind-the-scenes Hollywood satire. Lola Lane gives a great comedic performance as a melodramatic Hollywood diva. Her sister Rosemary Lane plays her waitress look-alike, hired to "play" the actress at a public appearance after one of her fits. The hero of the story is Dick Powell as a wide-eyed Hollywood newcomer who falls for the waitress, thinking she is the movie star. Ted Healy plays Powell's "manager", Hugh Herbert plays Lola Lane's daffy father, and Alan Mowbray plays a star with an inflated ego.

Directed by Busby Berkeley, this musical has a few dance sequences, but nothing as out-of-this-world as Berkeley's choreography earlier in the 1930s. The real highlights of this film are the amazing big band performances by the great Benny Goodman and Raymond Paige orchestras. There are some long scenes of great swing music played by excellent musicians, and they are a treat for both the eyes and ears. The legendary drummer Gene Krupa just goes crazy in one set. The songs written for the movie are alright, with none more memorable than the opening tune "Hooray For Hollywood".


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