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Show People [VHS]
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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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely silent film and it came on time. Marion Davies was a fine actress. The story has been told often since then but never better.Published 11 months ago by maltixx
What a terrific movie, wonderfully paced by the brilliant King Vidor. One of the best silent films we have seen. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Phelps Gates
Towards the end of the silent era, King Vidor directed this delightful, very funny satire on early Hollywood featuring Marion Davies. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Anthony McGill
I love this movie. It's a delight, for all the reasons stated by others. My one problem with this release: why doesn't it feature the spectacular Carl Davis score that was on the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ian Abrams
Best film about Hollywood ever made. Good story and wonderful acting. Worth watching over and over again. A silent film that stands the test of time.Published 21 months ago by Rene Krammer
This is a delightful film with Marian Davies and the handsome William Haines and directed by the great King Vidor. Read morePublished on March 31, 2014 by M. Brennan
Despite the absence of sound, if you are curious about Marion Davies this movie proves that Marion earned her popularity legitimately and that William Randolph Hearst didn't buy... Read morePublished on October 10, 2012 by G.I Gurdjieff
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