The Talk of Hollywood (1929)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Showbiz Comedy  |   Release Date - Dec 9, 1929 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This ambitious independently-produced musical was filmed in New York, utilizing the talents of several Broadway performers. Dialect comedian Nat Carr stars as movie mogul J. Pierpont Ginsburg, an amusing take-off of malaprop-spouting Sam Goldwyn. On the verge of bankruptcy, Ginsburg sinks every penny he has into a musical-comedy spectacular built around the questionable talents of French film siren Adore Renee (Fay Marbre). Meanwhile, Ginsburg's daughter Hope Sutherland pursues a romance with her dad's goyishe lawyer Sherline Oliver. In the climax, Ginsburg screens his masterpiece for a gathering of potential investors (including an uncredited Sam Levene), only to discover to his horror that the soundtrack is out of synchronization with the picture (pre-dating a similar gag in Singin' in the Rain by 22 years). Perhaps unintentionally, Talk of Hollywood is funnier in its dramatic moments than in its comedy sequences.

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behind-the-scenes, filmmaker, producer [showbiz]