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Hollywood My Home Town (1965)

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Ken Murray hosts his own behind-the-scenes home movies of some of Hollywood's greatest stars in candid moments.

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William Martin

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Royal Foster
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Credited cast:
Ken Murray ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ben Alexander ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Arlen ... Himself (archive footage)
Mary Astor ... Herself (archive footage)
Lew Ayres ... Himself (archive footage)
Baby LeRoy ... Himself (archive footage)
John Barrymore ... Himself (archive footage)
Ralph Bellamy ... Himself (archive footage)
Edgar Bergen ... Himself (archive footage)
Charles Bickford ... Himself (archive footage)
Sally Blane ... Herself (archive footage)
Monte Blue ... Himself (archive footage)
Ward Bond ... Himself (archive footage)
Pat Boone ... Himself (archive footage)
Shirley Boone Shirley Boone ... Herself (archive footage)
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Performer Ken Murray first arrived in Hollywood in 1927 a relative unknown from his then hometown of Kingston, New York. Instead of sending postcards of Hollywood back to his family, he instead purchased a 16mm camera, filmed Hollywood stars - many he didn't even know at the time - and sent the resulting film back to his family. This movie is a compilation of much of that footage taken over thirty-five years, plus some additional professional footage provided by his now Hollywood friends. The footage takes place on the street, on movie sets, and wherever Hollywood stars play and/or relax, including their homes. Some of those stars were well established at the time, while others were just at the beginning of what is now their established careers. Murray himself narrates, telling stories of the footage itself and/or of the personalities involved. Written by Huggo

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English

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Ken Murray gives special thanks in the following on-screen credit: "In acknowledging my appreciation to the many people who have given of their time and effort during the preparation of this production ... ...a special word of thanks must go to my CAMERAMAN FIRST MATE - BETTE LOU MURRAY" See more »

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References Innocents of Paris (1929) See more »

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Hollywood My Hometown
Music by George Stoll
Lyrics by Royal Foster
Vocal by The Randy Van Horne Singers
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fun look at the old Hollywood
14 May 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Ken Murray takes the viewer on a trip through the Hollywood of the '20s and beyond in this 1965 show featuring some of his famous home movies. What a treat to see Hollywood Boulevard as it looked in 1927, and to see people like Jean Harlow and Clark Gable on the movie lot and at parties. There were some wonderful moments - Bob Cummings teaching his little girl how to swim as she held onto his neck, a smiling Glenn Ford, a look at the glamorous Pickfair as well as Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. There was W.C. Fields posing for Murray, Murray himself appearing at an old Hollywood theater, and a dog act. We get to see what the old home movie cameras looked like as well.

This is a charming black and white escape into a simpler time. Didn't much enjoy the wiggling fish and the Indian sequence was a little bit politically incorrect, but there is certainly plenty to enjoy, as usual, in Murray's home movies.


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