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Hollywood Goes to Town (1938)

Approved | | Short, Documentary | July 1938 (USA)
This short shows how Hollywood gets ready for the world premiere of an "important" movie. The film celebrated here is Marie Antoinette (1938), which had its premiere at the Carthay Circle ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Wilson ... Himself
Judy Garland ... Herself
Freddie Bartholomew ... Himself
Una Merkel ... Herself
Fernand Gravey ... Himself
John Barrymore ... Himself
Elaine Barrie ... Herself
Florence Rice ... Herself
Adrian ... Himself
Norma Shearer ... Herself
Tyrone Power ... Himself
Spencer Tracy ... Himself
Fanny Brice ... Herself
Pete Smith ... Himself
Robert Young ... Himself


This short shows how Hollywood gets ready for the world premiere of an "important" movie. The film celebrated here is Marie Antoinette (1938), which had its premiere at the Carthay Circle Theatre. We see the street leading to the theatre transformed to suggest a garden that might be seen in a French palace. This includes the placement of trees and other foliage, as well as large statues along the route. Grandstands are set up so fans can see their favorite stars as they arrive for the premiere. Finally, the proverbial "galaxy of stars" arrives in their limousines. Fanny Brice and Pete Smith make remarks at the microphone set up on the carpet outside the theatre. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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July 1938 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Included in Warner Home Video's 2006 DVD release of Marie Antoinette (1938). This release of Marie Antoinette (1938) is also in Warner Home Video's multifilm DVD collection "Motion Picture Masterpieces", released at the same time. See more »

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The Premiere of "Marie Antoinette"
20 August 2012 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Hard-working Americans like to go places and see things, reports MGM narrator Frank Whitbeck. Different parts of the country demonstrate their desire to go out during different types of events. New Orleans citizens go to the Mardi Gras. In Indianapolis, they watch the death-defying 500 auto race. New York City goes daffy with the New Year's Eve celebration. The Northwest enjoys rodeos. Atlantic City goes girl crazy for Miss America. And, Hollywood people "blow off steam" by attending world premieres...

The MGM crew prepares the Carthay Circle theater for the premiere of "Marie Antoinette" (1938). Norman Shearer and Tyrone Power are top-billed. They both appear, along with many other celebrities. Judy Garland and Freddie Bartholomew are the first shown signing the guest book, which must be worth a small fortune. There are also fireworks, set pieces and a live orchestra. Fanny Brice and Pete Smith perform a skit. An estimated 40,000 fans watch the people who watch the movie. An engaging short.

***** Hollywood Goes to Town (7/38) Herman Hoffman ~ Norma Shearer, Frank Whitbeck, Fanny Brice, Pete Smith

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