Night Life in Hollywood (1923)

Genres - Drama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Burned by a recent series of scandals that included the Fatty Arbuckle manslaughter case and the February 1, 1922, murder of director William Desmond Taylor, Hollywood took great pains in attempting to convince Middle America that the film community was anything but "out of control." One of the industry's few women producers, A. E. Maescher, released Night Life in Hollywood, about a couple of hayseeds (J. Frank Glendon and Gale Henry) arriving in the film mecca in the hope of experiencing "a modern Babylon." But according to Maescher and her director, Fred Caldwell, Hollywood was a rather dowdy and sleepy little community where Joe and his sister found nothing but pleasant romance while visiting the homes of the stars, including the abode of humorist Will Rogers.To drive her point home, Maescher convinced a long line of popular performers to appear as their dull and far from scandalous selves, including serial star William Desmond, Bryant Washburn and family, Bessie Love, the closeted J. Warren Kerrigan and his adoring mother, little Johnny Jones (aka Edward Peil, Jr.), and last but certainly not least, handsome Wallace Reid and his wife Dorothy Davenport. Ironically, Reid, a major box-office attraction, lost his long fought battle with drug abuse less than a year after appearing in this moralistic film.

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couple, search, stars [celebrities]