Alice in Movieland (1940) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • In a U.S. town that could be anywhere, 18-year-old Alice Purdee wins a free trip to Hollywood. With the assistance of a cheerful porter, she takes the night train and dreams about her arrival. Instead of instant success, she meets disappointment after disappointment, and she needs the unexpected encouragement of her grandmother and an aging, former star whom she meets at a talent night. Finally she gets a call to be an extra, and she's so hopeful that the regulars decide to make a fool of her. Is this the end of Alice's dream? Not if the porter has anything to say about it.

  • Eighteen year old Alice Purdee is one of several nation-wide contest winners given a chance at movie stardom in Hollywood by getting a screen test. Alice believes because of this chance, her rise to stardom will be easy. But she is overwhelmed by all that Hollywood has to offer, including the fact that several screen tests are done a day, every day. After one heartbreak after another, Alice receives some words of encouragement from two people - one from home, and one that knows exactly through what she is going - that make her continue on with her dream. This time, she understands that tenacity, hard work and little good luck are required just to get the first break, with perhaps a little more heartache thrown in. And just when she least expects it, the start of her rise to the top of the profession begins. This process is how she dreamed it would be, but will it be reality?



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