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  • Actors: George K. Arthur, Sidney Bracey, Charles Chaplin, Lew Cody, Albert Conti
  • Directors: King Vidor
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Warner)
  • VHS Release Date: September 1, 1998
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301976169
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,173 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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If you haven't seen 'Show People', you just aren't serious about film!
Sandy McLendon
This is a delightful film with Marian Davies and the handsome William Haines and directed by the great King Vidor.
M. Brennan
Show People is one of the best silent films I've ever seen and probably ever will see.
Matthew G. Sherwin

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Sandy McLendon on March 8, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Anyone who loves film should see this one! This is that great rarity- a silent movie loved by people who don't like silent movies. It's a comedy about Hollywood, the people who work in it, and its effect on their personal lives. Marion Davies and Billy Haines are two youngsters who crash into movies; she becomes a lah-de-dah dramatic star, he gets stuck in Keystone-style slapstick. Their personal lives nearly come apart as Davies tries to live up to her studio image, and as Haines tries to get her to maintain a sense of proportion about the Hollywood scene. As Hollywood veterans, both actors knew the subject very well- they both had images terribly at odds with their personal lives. Their acting in the film ranges from the liveliest slapstick imaginable to a glowing, loving friendship that couldn't possibly be acting at all. The look at 1928 Hollywood is a delight; we're shown everything from Hollywood Boulevard to the inside of M-G-M itself. Three bits are not to be missed: Davies' lampoon of Gloria Swanson at her hoitiest and toitiest, director King Vidor's cameo as himself,and the famous shot of Davies having lunch in the M-G-M commissary. As the camera pans around the circular table, we get to see a million dollars worth of 1928 movie talent, from Douglas Fairbanks to Mae Murray, to Dane and Arthur. If you only watch one silent in your whole movie-going career, this should be it. You'll come away with a great sense of how much all the participants in this film adored their work, and Hollywood, and each other- their love for what they were doing is fresh and undimmed, three-quarters of a century later. If you haven't seen 'Show People', you just aren't serious about film!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By James Hiller VINE VOICE on July 2, 2000
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If you are a fan of silent movies, or just interested in one, I highly recommend "Show People" as a great example of the finest in that genre. Starring the beautiful Marion Davies, and the equally loveable and handsome William Haines, these two charmers set out to weave a tale of love, hijinks, and a gentle ribbing of the business that made them both great.
Much has bene written about Marion Davies' inability to climb to the heavens as a star, but one can seriously debate that after watching her acting excellence and comedic timing in "Show People". The innocent-girl-turned-big-star may not be very originial, but her portrayal of that girl is timeless.
Not to mention the both endearing and funny William Haines playing his usual character. As the biggest star at MGM the previous year, he gladly let Marion take center stage in this piece, but turns in a bravo performance none-the-less.
Silent movies have been almost forgotten, and I daresay, an appreciation of them is quite lacking. But just watch "Show People" and try not to laugh, and feel empathy for all of these grand characters. I doubt many of our top movie stars today could pull off such a feat!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Simon Davis on April 23, 2002
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"Show People" is an experience not to be missed. Even if you are not a fan of silent cinema you could not help but be won over by this production. It has the unique distinction of being one of the very rare examples of both Marion Davies and William Haines work on video. I have never seen any of the other films of either artist but I'm sold on them after purchasing my copy of "Show People"
Marion Davies is a revelation in the lead role of Georgia born Peggy Pepper who arrives with her pushy father to "crash Hollywood" and become a "great dramatic actress" only to find herself dumped into slapstick comedies where she spends her days being sprayed with water and throwing custard pies!!
For too long Marion was kept a prisoner of William Randolph Hearst's effort to turn her into a dramatic queen of the movies when in reality she was a superb commedianne. "Show People" showcases her in a superb role ideally suited to her comic talents and she runs away with the film. The classic "audition" scene is absolutely priceless where she is asked to display different "emotions" like sadness, anger etc while raising a hankerchief up and down from her face .It still convulses me every time I see it. For that scene alone the film is worth seeing.
The great William Haines, while taking a back seat quite rightly to Marion in this instance, is also wonderful in his role of the slap stick star who firstly helps Marion and then finds her "going Hollywood" and looking down on him and his craft. He displays a great cheeky quality as well as a pensive other side to his nature which is just perfect for the role.
The film gives us as modern viewers a unique look into the Hollywood of the 1920's.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "infinitemovies" on July 16, 2001
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Out of the entire film legacy that Marion Davies left this is the best one out of all her films and it's also her best performance. Directed by the great King Vidor who directed other classics like THE CROWD (1928) and DUEL IN THE SUN (1946) this brilliant comedy is about a southern girl (Marion Davies) who travels with her father to Hollywood to make it in the film business and the scene in which she auditions to make it into the studio is a riot! She makes it in and eventually makes it big and she also finds a love interest. But for the sake of her career she has to give him up for a big but egotistical hollywood leading man in order to further her career. Then she has to decide which is more important, her career or the man she loves. And while she is deciding mayham insues. Mayham also insues when she is trying to make it to the top. It includes plenty of slapstick humor and it also pokes fun at the way Hollywood was back then with it's big shot stars and pompous studio boses but it's all in good fun and is never truely offensive. This movie is tenderley and comically directed and Marion Davies gets to show what a brilliant comedian she was. It's a shame she is so underrated nowadays. I recommend this movie so that you may see what a talent Marion Davies was. This movie is one of the greatest comedies and of the greatest silent movies ever. Also look for fun cameos of silent movie stars like Dougals Fairbanks Sr. and many others and also look for the director, King Vidor in the last part of the movie. He is the one playing the director.
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