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Round About Hollywood (1931)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Short | 22 May 1931 (USA)
This short travelogue depicts snippets of locations in Hollywood, California, most of them as seen from the streets. Considerable time is taken showing the kinds of architecture of private ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Frank Fay ... Himself
Carl Laemmle ... Himself
Bessie Love ... Herself
Sally O'Neil ... Herself
Edward G. Robinson ... Himself
Barbara Stanwyck ... Herself
Gloria Swanson ... Herself
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This short travelogue depicts snippets of locations in Hollywood, California, most of them as seen from the streets. Considerable time is taken showing the kinds of architecture of private homes. There are images of various important buildings, and a depiction of the Hollywood Bowl. Finally, there is a sequence revolving around the premiere of the film Dirigible (1931) at the famed Chinese Theatre. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Documentary | Short

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USA

Language:

English

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22 May 1931 (USA) See more »

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Color (Cinecolor)
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Better than I might have expected.
16 February 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Round About Hollywood" is interesting in that it was filmed in Cinecolor--and early form of two-color film stock. While the colors tended towards orange and green, it did give a relatively nice appearance of full color--at least when the film is clean, fresh and restored. As for this film, the beginning is very faded--so much that it's hard to tell it's a color picture. Fortunately, as the film progresses this improves.

Although I assumed this was just a propaganda film to sing the praises of Hollywood and showcase some stars the studios are trying to promote, this doesn't even occur until the very end. The rest of the film is a gentle tour of Hollywood and the area around it. In many ways, it feels like you're on a tour bus looking at what everything looked like back in 1931. It's great for old film buffs and historians and can downloaded for free at archive.org. Well worth your time.


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