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Show Girl In Hollywood

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"Hollywood is my one big chance, and I'm going to grab it!" struggling Broadway chorine Dixie Dugan tells her skeptical boyfriend after a big-shot Hollywood director discovers her. Well, at least the director claims to be a big shot. So begins Dixie's odyssey into the hustle and heartbreak of Tinseltown.

Archetypal flapper Alice White - likened to a platinum-haired Clara Bow - returns as Dixie (a role she played two years prior in Show Girl) in a film that both celebrates and skewers Hollywood. Long-time silent star Blanche Sweet portrays the actress who finds her career a washout at 32. And the film's glimpses of crew members operating the on-set camera and recording machinery make it a time capsule of technology.

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  • Actors: Alice White, Jack Mulhall, Blanche Sweet, Ford Sterling, John Miljan
  • Directors: Mervyn LeRoy
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: February 16, 2006
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004082EFM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,148 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 2, 2010
This would be of interest mainly to fans of early sound film. If Avatar is your thing, you probably would not be interested in this one.

The film is actually a sequel of sorts to the 1928 part talkie, "Show Girl, also starring Alice White as Dixie Dugan. Even though Alice had done six films since that one, it was decided to move her story to Hollywood two years later. I have no idea if the original Show Girl still exists, although people at the popular internet database are rating it as though it does.

The big attractions here are the exhibition of several things you could only see in 1929-1930 motion pictures, in addition to several ironies. The first irony is that Vitaphone is being prominently displayed as the technology of sound film when, by this time, even Warner Brothers knew it was time to move to sound on film rather than sound on disc, which was so limiting in how and where films could be shot. Another irony is that Blanche Sweet is pretty much playing herself here as Donny Harris, the faded star who considers a supporting role to Alice White's Dixie Dugan in "Rainbow Girl" to be her last chance. In real life, 1930 was Blanche Sweet's last year in films. However, Ms. Sweet did get a somewhat happy ending with a long time stage career and a long marriage to another star of the stage, Raymond Hackett, that only ended with his death.

Also of interest is the big bizarre musical number "I've Got My Eye on You" in which Alice White and her accompanying chorus emerge from and disappear into a large clown-like head. During this number you get a good look at the way a Vitaphoned film was shot with three cross-cutting camera booths set up, along with a look at the Vitaphone technicians inside supervising the making of the sound discs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PoodleMommy on December 2, 2013
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This is such a fun musical about the early days of Hollywood. Alice White is delightful as Dixie, the sweet showgirl who get the chance of a lifetime in Hollywood. Success quickly goes to her head and she nearly destroys her own career. Luckily she meets an aging actress (played by he wonderful Blanche Sweet) who teaches her a valuable lesson about how cruel the movie business is. There are some wonderful, big budget production numbers too. Sadly the original technicolor ending is now lost. Alice White was one of the most alluring early movie stars and I hope more fans will discover how talented she was. Show Girl In Hollywood is definitely one of her best films!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Smith on July 28, 2012
The quality of the print and sound are both reasonable given the age of the film. The plot is very clumsy. Fortunately the villain has a mustache so he can be easily identified. The high points, and what make the film worth watching as far as I am concerned, are the shots of movie cameras, early sound equipment and movie projection equipment. The production numbers are ok, but not as good as what is present in later films. Alice White is good. This is an early musical -- watch and enjoy it for what it is, even though you may cringe though some of the more clumsy parts of the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mason von Mason on August 27, 2011
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This is a very old movie,but if you love Alice White like I do,its the only starring role. I love her singing and dancing.
Only down side primative compared to a few years later.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jack Kilpatrick on June 29, 2013
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This DVD was defective and would not play on my machine. The good news is that I was able to return it for a full refund.
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