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Hollywood Newsreel (1934)

Approved | | Short | 24 March 1934 (USA)

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A variety of stories from "behind the scenes" in Hollywood. There's a report on a second gold rush in California. The 1934 Rose Bowl winners, from Columbia University, visit Warner Bros. ... See full summary »


George Bilson (as George R. Bilson)


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Uncredited cast:
Al Barabas Al Barabas ... Himself (uncredited)
Busby Berkeley ... Himself (uncredited)
Joan Blondell ... Herself (uncredited)
Ed Brominski Ed Brominski ... Himself (uncredited)
Joe E. Brown ... Himself (uncredited)
Ricardo Cortez ... Himself (uncredited)
Marlo Dwyer ... Herself (uncredited)
Patricia Ellis ... Herself (uncredited)
Sammy Fain Sammy Fain ... Himself (uncredited)
Hugh Herbert ... Himself (uncredited)
Irving Kahal Irving Kahal ... Himself (uncredited)
Guy Kibbee ... Himself (uncredited)
Hal Le Roy ... Himself (uncredited)
Margaret Lindsay ... Herself (uncredited)
Lou Little Lou Little ... Himself (uncredited)


A variety of stories from "behind the scenes" in Hollywood. There's a report on a second gold rush in California. The 1934 Rose Bowl winners, from Columbia University, visit Warner Bros. studios ands seem to have a particularly good time with the dancers from an upcoming musical. Joan Blondell makes an appearance after a recent illness and thanks her fans. There's a shot of Elmer the trained lamb and Sammy Fain sings a couple of his compositions from an upcoming film. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

24 March 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pepper Pot (1933-1934 Season) #21: Hollywood Newsreel See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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This film short is available as a bonus on the Warner DVD of 42nd Street (1933). See more »


References Merry Wives of Reno (1934) See more »


How Do I Know It's Sunday?
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal
Performed by Sammy Fain (piano and vocals) and Irving Kahal (vocals)
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Act for the Camera
20 March 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Hollywood Newsreel (1934)

*** (out of 4)

Back when Hollywood was ran like a factory, often times the major studios would produce shorts just to show off the talent that they owned. It seems like Warner and MGM were the ones most often doing this and this one here has the Big W. showing off some of their players. We start off seeing the 1934 Rose Bowl Champtions, Columbia University, showing up at the studio where they're greeted by the Busby Berkeley girls, which keeps a smile on the men's face. They also meet Ricardo Cortez but obviously they're not as thrilled with him. Up next we see Guy Kibbee, Dick Powell and Margaret Livingston out mining for gold. Joan Blondell, we're told, is just coming back from work after a month off due to an illness and she addresses the camera and thanks her fans. Also on hand are Huge Herbert, Hal LeRoy, Sammy Fain, Irving Kahan and many others. Again, if ones looking for some sort of story then they're going to be highly disappointed because this 8-minute short is just here to show off the stars. I always enjoy these type of shorts no matter how silly they are because you get to see so many famous faces and usually we're seeing them in ways we're not used to.

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