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Going Hollywood (1933)

Passed | | Musical, Romance | 22 December 1933 (USA)
A love-struck teacher pursues a radio singer to Hollywood.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writer:

Donald Ogden Stewart (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marion Davies ... Sylvia Bruce
Bing Crosby ... Bill Williams
Fifi D'Orsay ... Lili Yvonne
Stuart Erwin ... Ernest P. Baker
Ned Sparks ... Conroy
Patsy Kelly ... Jill
Bobby Watson ... Thompson
The Radio Rogues The Radio Rogues ... The Radio Rogues (as Three Radio Rogues)
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Storyline

Sylvia is the French teacher at Briarcroft's School for Girls, but she wants to find romance. When she hears Bill on the radio, she decides to leave and thank him. But he is on his way to Hollywood with Lili to make a movie. When Sylvia gets to Hollywood, she finds that seeing Bill again is almost impossible, but she gets a job in the chorus. Then when Lili quits the picture, Sylvia is tapped to play her character. But the part she wants is with Bill, a part that Lili seems to have. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

22 December 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paid to Laugh See more »

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Budget:

$914,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Marion Davies requested Bing Crosby as her leading man for this film, he was under contract to Paramount, where they had him starring in shorts and a series of college themed films with Jack Oakie. The success of this film moved Crosby into starring roles at Paramount with the likes of Carole Lombard and Miriam Hopkins, a definite step upwards. See more »

Quotes

Bill 'Billy' Williams: What did she say?
Ernest P. Baker: She says: no!
Bill 'Billy' Williams: You know what she needs?
Ernest P. Baker: Yes. But...
Bill 'Billy' Williams: A good punch in the nose.
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Connections

Edited into The Big Idea (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love)
(1931) (uncredited)
Written by Con Conrad, Gladys DuBois, Russ Columbo and Paul Gregory
Sung by Henry Taylor imitating Russ Columbo
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Marion Davies Gets Tempted by Bing Crosby
31 August 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Beautiful blonde French teacher Marion Davies (as Sylvia Bruce) quits her job to pursue radio crooner Bing Crosby (as Bill Williams) to Hollywood, where Mr. Crosby is going to star in a motion picture. In Los Angeles, Ms. Davies moves in with new pal Patsy Kelly (as Jill Barker), who thinks Davies could be a movie star "better than Norma Shearer." Good one. Davies continues to swoon over Crosby, who is only has eyes for French co-star Fifi D'Orsay (as Lili Yvonne). Which of the dueling damsels will win Crosby's heart?

A fine supporting cast, director (Raoul Walsh), and budget make this is a pleasant Bing Crosby musical masquerading as a Marion Davies movie. Two of Crosby's Brunswick 78 RPM recordings were hits: sung herein to Sterling Holloway, "Beautiful Girl" reached #11; the best film song "Temptation" went to #3; and, the big production number "We'll Make Hay While the Sun Shines" peaked at #8.

"Three Radio Rogues" singing impersonations are also highlights, with Jimmy Hollywood managing Kate Smith's "When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain" with uncanny ease. Mainly, though, it's Crosby's show.

***** Going Hollywood (12/22/33) Raoul Walsh ~ Bing Crosby, Marion Davies, Fifi D'Orsay, Patsy Kelly


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