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Marion Davies has stars in her eyes in this "delightful look at silent Hollywood" (Time Out Film Guide), directed by King Vidor and costarring William Haines. All Peggy Pepper (Davies) wants in life is to be a great dramatic actress. But when rowdy slapstick comic Billy Boyle (Haines) gives Peggy her big break, she puts her dreams on hold and becomes America's comedy queen. So when prestigious High Arts Studio offers her the chance to play serious roles and Peggy gets an awfully swelled head, it's up to Billy to burst her bubble and bring Peggy down to earth. Loosely based on Gloria Swanson's career, Show People features cameos by Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, John Gilbert, William S. Hart and more in this "bright and snappy ode to Hollywood stardom" (Allrovi.com).
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Many silent stars appears as themself in Cameos. One of the biggest was Charlie Chaplin as autographseeker and director King Vidor at the end of the movie as himself directing a movie with Billy and Peggy (Marion Davis).
Other cameos have: Douglas Fairbanks, John Gilbert, Eleanor Bordman and many more.
Nice Joke: Peggy Pepper is in the studio lot and is seeing famous actress Marion Davis!!!
DVD: this is a silent movie which contains sound effects.
The Picture quality is more than ok. One scene contains heavy damaged parts (during approx. 5 seconds) but that's ok so far.
FAZIT: not my William Haines favorite but has interesting scenes. It is worth to buy this movie? Sure, when you like Marion Davis.
Show People shows Hollywood as it was in 1928, and how the studios worked, with the actor doing his/her own makeup, and all the different studios of the time. William Haines was MGM's top male star by 1930, amazing how others can try to destroy and make people forget the wonderful work they can do. Marion Davies was a good friend of William Haines, often invited to San Simone for many a party, and they were close confidants. No wonder there chemistry worked so well in this show.
Poking fun at some other stars and a good satire on how silent films were (Marion's toothy grin, and Williams false mustache are 2 good examples), but is also a great example of good acting when actors couldnt say how they felt, but had to express it. This would be a great film studies show.
It is my hope that "The Girl Said No" , "Way Out West" , "Wallingford" , "Slide, Kelly, Slide" and many others will someday soon become available. I really would like to hear his booming voice, being one of the few silent stars who transfered well to talkies.