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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 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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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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The movie theatre is the Carthay Circle Theater, which was located at 6316 San Vicente Boulevard. One of the great movie palaces of the golden age of Hollywood, it was built by Fox in 1926 in the Spanish classical revival style. It had a unique circle-within-a-square design, with an octagonal bell tower in the front corner in the space between the inner circle and the bordering square. The cylindrical auditorium rose high enough that it could be seen from the exterior, designed with a tent-like parapet. It was the host of many Hollywood premieres during the late twenties through early forties.

A victim of suburbanization, falling attendance, and the precipitous decline of the Hollywood area during the 1960s, it was torn down in 1969 and replaced by an office building. Two replicas were later constructed by Disney, including a small version of the tower, which hosts a clothing shop at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida. A much larger version was built in the Buena Vista Street section of Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Disney's appreciation of the building is no doubt associated with the fact that it was the site of the world premiere of the stunning and truly revolutionary film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) (which took place exactly one month after the release of Hollywood Hotel) and the equally revolutionary Fantasia (1940).

The demolition of the original theater became an early prompt for the current efforts to preserve Hollywood landmarks, with so many movie palaces having been destroyed in the name of progress. 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: [referring to the fact that her sister loves languages] Now say something in Algebra, dear.
Jonesy: [whispering] That's a dead language, Mona.
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Connections

Featured in Jazz: Swing: Pure Pleasure - 1935-1937 (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

"Ochi Tchornya (Dark Eyes) (uncredited)
Traditional Russian folk tune
Arranged by Raymond Paige
Sung by a chorus and played by Raymond Paige and His Orchestra
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A partly immortal movie
14 July 2000 | by MicuSee all my reviews

It was a hell of a job to grab a video tape of that movie, still but seldom shown on TV in the States, but invisible in France since it was contradictorily issued, in the late forties. Well, the beginning with the Goodman band's motorcade is a landmark, saluted by many critics as the sweeping entrance of the Swing Era in motion pictures. Lead by Benny and Johnnie Davis, plus Frances Langford (still alive in Florida and just re-married at 80), the band gives a tremendous start to a picture which soon looses its impetus, occasionally rewinded by the hilarious appearances of Hugh Herbert plus the wits of Glenda Farrell or Ted Healy. As a little pest, Mabel Todd is not convincing. After two syrupy tunes, we get a good staged crowd number at the Callaghan's restaurant, with allusions to Columbus, before the real gem comes, from the Orchid Room: the second part of SING, SING, SING (Christopher Columbus), with Krupa, Goodman and James at their best, unfortunately for just three minutes (but they weigh ten times more than the 5'30" of the same standard, as re-created in BENNY GOODMAN STORY. It's the difference between genuine music and re-heated soup). But Berkeley gets our pardon by setting immediately after a brilliant number with Benny's Quartet (HOUSE HOP, not I'M A DING DONG DADDY FROM DUMAS, as stated in IMDB's credentials). That makes five GREAT minutes for the millions of jazz fans still in love with swing. A second quartet number, GET A HEARTFUL OF MUSIC, was deleted by the production. Then the movie keeps moving, with an astonishing performance of DARK EYES, by Raymond Paige and his "battalion" of musicians and singers - what critics would call "jazz symphonique" - before everybody gets together for the finale,with SING, SING, SING, YOU SON OF A GUN. The 6.7 mark is severe, because the beginning and the five minutes of pure swing are invaluable. I urge TIME WARNER to issue this movie in video, for people who lack my courage to hunt for copies. henry caraso


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Language:

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Release Date:

15 January 1938 (USA) See more »

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