Films Set In Hollywood

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1. Super-Sleuth (1937)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy, Mystery

An actor who plays a detective in films soon finds himself out of his depth when he tries to investigate a real crime.

Director: Benjamin Stoloff | Stars: Jack Oakie, Ann Sothern, Eduardo Ciannelli, Alan Bruce

Votes: 275

2. The Falcon in Hollywood (1944)

Approved | 67 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

The Falcon investigates the murder of an actor on a Hollywood backlot.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Tom Conway, Barbara Hale, Veda Ann Borg, John Abbott

Votes: 612

3. Hollywood Story (1951)

Passed | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

During the 1950s Hollywood, an independent producer unwisely opens an old can of worms when he decides to make a movie about the 1929 unsolved murder of a famous silent-film director.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Richard Conte, Julie Adams, Richard Egan, Henry Hull

Votes: 314

4. Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops (1955)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy

Harry and Willie buy the Edison Movie Studio in the year 1912 from Joseph Gorman, a confidence man. They follow Gorman to Hollywood where, as stunt men, they find him directing movies as Sergei Trumanoff and stealing the studio payroll.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Fred Clark, Lynn Bari

Votes: 2,022

5. Stand-In (1937)

Passed | 91 min | Comedy, Romance

A New York bank plans to sell a Hollywood studio at a big loss. But the head accountant is suspicious and goes to investigate. He finds chicanery, romance, and help to save the studio.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Leslie Howard, Humphrey Bogart, Joan Blondell, Alan Mowbray

Votes: 979

6. The Affairs of Annabel (1938)

Approved | 68 min | Comedy

Wonder Pictures' seedy publicity man Lanny Morgan has put the studio's biggest star, Annabel Allison, in one crazy stunt after another. His latest scheme has Annabel pretending to be a maid... See full summary »

Directors: Benjamin Stoloff, Lew Landers | Stars: Jack Oakie, Lucille Ball, Ruth Donnelly, Bradley Page

Votes: 358

7. Annabel Takes a Tour (1938)

Passed | 67 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

Movie star Annabel Allison has further comic adventures with her wacky publicity agent.

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Jack Oakie, Lucille Ball, Ruth Donnelly, Bradley Page

Votes: 211

8. It's a Great Feeling (1949)

Approved | 85 min | Comedy, Music

A waitress at the Warner Bros. commissary is anxious to break into pictures. She thinks her big break may have arrived when two actors agree to help her.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Doris Day, Dennis Morgan, Jack Carson, Bill Goodwin

Votes: 1,385

9. Louisiana Hayride (1944)

Approved | 67 min | Action, Comedy, Music

Two con men dupe a country bumpkin into giving them all of her money under the pretense that they'll make her a movie star. She and her family eventually track them in Hollywood, still ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Judy Canova, Ross Hunter, Richard Lane, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 43

10. Scatterbrain (1940)

Approved | 73 min | Comedy, Musical

Eddie MacIntyre is a press agent, talent scout and right-hand man to J.R.Russell, Producer/Director of Perfection Pictures, is planning a scheme in which he will "plant" his girl friend, ... See full summary »

Director: Gus Meins | Stars: Judy Canova, Alan Mowbray, Ruth Donnelly, Eddie Foy Jr.

Votes: 29

11. Bottoms Up (1934)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Promoter Smoothe King helps a pair of phonies con their way into a movie company. As Wanda heads toward stardom, she turns more and more from King toward the matinée idol. King must decide between his plans and her happiness.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Pat Paterson, John Boles, Sid Silvers

Votes: 106

12. Here Comes Carter (1936)

Passed | 58 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Kent Carter is just a regular Joe who works at a movie studio and observes interesting behavior concerning actors. He uses the info to become a hard driven gossip reporter and bring down a star with a mean streak.

Director: William Clemens | Stars: Ross Alexander, Glenda Farrell, Anne Nagel, Craig Reynolds

Votes: 182

13. Talent Scout (1937)

Approved | 62 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A Hollywood playboy helps a small-town girl achieve stardom.

Director: William Clemens | Stars: Donald Woods, Jeanne Madden, Fred Lawrence, Rosalind Marquis

Votes: 49

14. The Gas House Kids in Hollywood (1947)

Passed | 62 min | Comedy, Crime

The Gas House Kids go to Hollywood, where they become entangled with a mad scientist while attempting to find a lost treasure in a haunted house.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer, Benny Bartlett, Rudy Wissler, Tommy Bond

Votes: 30

15. Foreign Agent (1942)

Approved | 64 min | Drama

Hollywood starlet foils an Axis plot to sabotage the L.A. infrastructure.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: John Shelton, Gale Storm, Ivan Lebedeff, George Travell

Votes: 75

16. Hollywood Hotel (1937)

Approved | 109 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

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 | Stars: Dick Powell, Rosemary Lane, Lola Lane, Hugh Herbert

Votes: 597

17. Dance, Dunce, Dance (1945)

Approved | 18 min | Short, Comedy

A Hollywood producer mistakes Eddie, a down on his luck actor, for a famous masseuse.

Director: Jules White | Stars: Eddie Foy Jr., Peggy Miller, Jack Norton, Robert B. Williams

18. It Happened in Hollywood (1937)

Approved | 67 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

While hospitalized young Billy meets his silent movie idol Tim Bart but then the talkies came, destroying Bart's career. Now Bart must convince his young friend he is still a star.

Director: Harry Lachman | Stars: Richard Dix, Fay Wray, Victor Kilian, Charles Arnt

Votes: 367

19. Swingtime in the Movies (1938)

Approved | 20 min | Musical, Short, Comedy

In this musical short, a director named Nitvitch, unhappy with the lead actress in his Western, makes an unexpected discovery in the studio cafe where some big stars are being served by a bevy of beautiful singing, dancing waitresses.

Director: Crane Wilbur | Stars: Fritz Feld, Kathryn Kane, John Carroll, Charley Foy

Votes: 243

20. Pick a Star (1937)

Passed | 76 min | Comedy, Musical

A Cinderella story of a young country girl who comes to Hollywood and achieves movie stardom with the help of a publicity man.

Director: Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Jack Haley, Rosina Lawrence, Patsy Kelly, Mischa Auer

Votes: 300

21. Another Face (1935)

Approved | 69 min | Drama, Comedy

On the run from the New York police on a murder charge, gangster Broken Nose Dawson undergoes plastic surgery to change his appearance, then goes to Hollywood. Posing as millionaire playboy... See full summary »

Director: Christy Cabanne | Stars: Wallace Ford, Brian Donlevy, Phyllis Brooks, Erik Rhodes

Votes: 195

22. I'm Still Alive (1940)

Passed | 72 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Steve Bennett is a daring flier who crashes airplanes for the movies, and Laura Marley is an arrogant movie star who is transformed into a very likable woman when she marries Steve. But she... See full summary »

Director: Irving Reis | Stars: Kent Taylor, Linda Hayes, Howard Da Silva, Ralph Morgan

Votes: 63

23. 365 Nights in Hollywood (1934)

Approved | 77 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

Down-on-his-luck film director Jimmie Dale takes a job at a fly-by-night acting school. He is drawn into the plans of the school's owner to bilk a wealthy young man out of the funds he has ... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall | Stars: James Dunn, Alice Faye, Frank Mitchell, Jack Durant

Votes: 108

24. Sitting Pretty (1933)

85 min | Musical

Chick Parker and Pete Pendleton are songwriters that are en route from New York to Hollywood to make their fame and fortune; Dorothy, a lunch wagon proprietor, joins them.

Director: Harry Joe Brown | Stars: Jack Oakie, Jack Haley, Ginger Rogers, Gregory Ratoff

Votes: 93

25. The Corpse Came C.O.D. (1947)

Passed | 87 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

When a dead body turns up in the home of a famous actress, two reporters (who also happen to be in love with one another) compete to get the real scoop.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: George Brent, Joan Blondell, Adele Jergens, Jim Bannon

Votes: 213

26. Hollywood Cavalcade (1939)

Passed | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, History

Starting in 1913 movie director Connors discovers singer Molly Adair. As she becomes a star she marries an actor, so Connors fires them. She asks for him as director of her next film. Many silent stars shown making the transition to sound.

Directors: Irving Cummings, Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair | Stars: Alice Faye, Don Ameche, J. Edward Bromberg, Alan Curtis

Votes: 336

27. In Person (1935)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Romance

Carol Corliss, a beautiful movie star so insecure about her celebrity that she goes around in disguise, meets a rugged outdoorsman who is unaffected by her star status.

Director: William A. Seiter | Stars: Ginger Rogers, George Brent, Alan Mowbray, Grant Mitchell

Votes: 356

28. Discarded Lovers (1932)

Not Rated | 60 min | Mystery

In this murder mystery, sexy blonde film star Irma Gladden is found dead in her car after shooting the last scene in her film, "Falling Star" at Eminent Studios. The suspects are numerous ... See full summary »

Director: Fred C. Newmeyer | Stars: Natalie Moorhead, Russell Hopton, J. Farrell MacDonald, Barbara Weeks

Votes: 71

29. The Cowboy and the Blonde (1941)

Approved | 68 min | Comedy, Western

Rodeo rider Lank tries his hand at movie making. Spoiled established star Crystal throws tantrums, but after the rodeo she's easy for Lank to handle. It's the "Taming of the Shrew" ... See full summary »

Director: Ray McCarey | Stars: Mary Beth Hughes, George Montgomery, Alan Mowbray, Robert Conway

Votes: 50

30. Sitting on the Moon (1936)

Approved | 66 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

A pair of hit songwriters fall in love with an ex-film star and her friend, but a blackmailer arrives to disrupt the romances. Based on William Field's short story "Temperamental Lady."

Director: Ralph Staub | Stars: Roger Pryor, Grace Bradley, William Newell, Pert Kelton

Votes: 123

31. Police Court (1932)

Passed | 63 min | Drama

A once great stage and screen actor (Henry B. Walthall) has fallen from fame because of his alcoholism; his young son (Leon Janney) is determined to see his father "make good" again.

Director: Louis King | Stars: Henry B. Walthall, Leon Janney, Lionel Belmore, King Baggot

Votes: 28

32. Merton of the Movies (1947)

Approved | 82 min | Comedy, Romance

A Kansas bumpkin goes to Hollywood to become a movie star and gets a job burlesquing his favorite actor - only he thinks the role is serious.

Director: Robert Alton | Stars: Red Skelton, Virginia O'Brien, Gloria Grahame, Leon Ames

Votes: 332

33. Merton of the Movies (1924)

80 min | Comedy

Merton Gill dreams of being a star of western films in Hollywood. When the filmmakers there see his acting style, they get their own idea of how to use his talent.

Director: James Cruze | Stars: Glenn Hunter, Charles Sellon, Sadie Gordon, Gale Henry

34. Make Me a Star (1932)

Passed | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Merton Gill is longing to become a cowboy actor and leaves his hometown to try his luck in Hollywood, but there his acting ability is regarded as non-existent. Actress Flips gives him a ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Joan Blondell, Stuart Erwin, Zasu Pitts, Ben Turpin

Votes: 405

35. Nightmare in Wax (1969)

M | 96 min | Horror

The disfigured curator of a wax museum murders his enemies and then uses their bodies as exhibits in his museum.

Director: Bud Townsend | Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Anne Helm, Scott Brady, Berry Kroeger

Votes: 624

36. Young and Beautiful (1934)

Approved | 68 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

Bob Preston, publicity man for Superba Pictures, uses his publicity skills in an attempt to make this fiancée June Dale the most famous movie star in the world. But in doing so, he forgets ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Santley | Stars: William Haines, Judith Allen, Joseph Cawthorn, Ted Fio Rito Orchestra

Votes: 280

37. The Talk of Hollywood (1929)

Passed | 70 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Schlock-movie producer J. Pierpont Ginsburg, after declaring, in a Yiddish accent, that "talking pictures are in their infantry," decides to put all of his savings into a big-budgeted ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Sandrich | Stars: Nat Carr, Fay Marbe, Hope Sutherland, Sherling Oliver

Votes: 57

38. Bombshell (1933)

Passed | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Sexpot film star Lola Burns seeks a new image and tries marrying a marquis and adopting a baby - all sorts of schemes which go awry.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Jean Harlow, Lee Tracy, Frank Morgan, Franchot Tone

Votes: 2,136

39. Slightly French (1949)

Passed | 81 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A cinema director who is in an emotional and professional crisis thinks that he has discovered a French star when he meets an ordinary dancer.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Dorothy Lamour, Don Ameche, Janis Carter, Willard Parker

Votes: 209

41. Star Dust (1940)

Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

Carolyn Sayres gets a Hollywood contract from talent scout Brooke but is later rejected because she's too young. She falls in love with Bud Borden, another contractee who helps her to ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Linda Darnell, John Payne, Roland Young, Charlotte Greenwood

Votes: 223

42. Heartaches (1947)

Approved | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Up-and-coming Hollywood actor/crooner, Vic Morton, has a secret. He starts receiving death threats in the mail and an attempt on his life is made. Soon after, two of his associates are murdered. Who is behind it all?

Director: Basil Wrangell | Stars: Sheila Ryan, Edward Norris, Chill Wills, Kenneth Farrell

Votes: 32

44. The Preview Murder Mystery (1936)

Passed | 60 min | Action, Mystery

A public relations man for a movie studio uses an early form of television to help solve a murder.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Reginald Denny, Frances Drake, Gail Patrick, Rod La Rocque

Votes: 62