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Hollywood (1923)

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The premise is clichéd -- it's the usual tale of a pretty girl from the sticks trying to break into movies -- but this satire gives it a number of unexpected turns. In addition, just about every star in Hollywood -- not just those at Paramount, the releasing studio -- has a cameo at one point or another during the film's eight reels. Ironically, nearly all of the lead actors are unknowns (although George K. Arthur would become a noted character comedian). Angela Whitaker (Hope Brown) of Centreville is convinced she has a chance in Hollywood -- all her friends tell her so. So she heads West with her Uncle Joel (Luke Cosgrave) in tow. But Angela has no luck in Tinseltown, while her uncle starts landing roles left and right because of his curious image. Eventually the rest of the family, including Angela's sweetheart Lem Lefferts (Arthur), her grandmother (Ruby Lafayette), and her aunt (Eleanor Lawson) come to Hollywood. All Angela's relatives get movie work because they're character types. Finally a screenwriter tries to help Angela out, but Lem winds up landing a role instead. He becomes a star, which suits Angela just fine because she has married him. The couple have twins, and the babies -- not to mention the couple's pet parrot -- wind up in films, while Angela remains at home. The most notable cameo in this picture is Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, who had been shunned in motion pictures since the 1921 scandal surrounding a Labor Day party that allegedly resulted in the death of starlet Virginia Rappe. Here he returns as a man standing in a casting line. When it's his turn to come up to the window, it is shut in his face and a "closed" sign put out. Unfortunately this gag turned out to be all too true; Arbuckle was not seen in front of a camera again until 1932. ~ Janiss Garza, Rovi

Cast

Eleanor Lawson
as Margaret Whitaker
Viola Dana
as Guest Appearance
Nita Naldi
as Guest Appearance
Lila Lee
as Guest Appearance
George K. Arthur
as Lem Lefferts
May McAvoy
as Guest Appearance
J. Warren Kerrigan
as Guest Appearance
Ruby Lafayette
as Grandmother Whitaker
Mary Astor
as Bit Part
Noah Beery Sr.
as Guest Appearance
Bess Flowers
as Hortense Towers
Jack Pickford
as Guest Appearance
Ford Sterling
as Guest Appearance
Gertrude Astor
as Guest Appearance
Lois Wilson
as Guest Appearance
Owen Moore
as Guest Appearance
Mary Pickford
as Guest Appearance
Ricardo Cortez
as Guest Appearance
Luke Cosgrave
as Joel Whitaker
Betty Compson
as Guest Appearance
Jack Holt
as Guest Appearance
Pola Negri
as Guest Appearance
Thomas Meighan
as Guest Appearance
William Boyd
as Guest Appearance
Gordon Harris
as Dr. Luke Morrison
Anna Q. Nilsson
as Guest Appearance
Lloyd Hamilton
as Guest Appearance
Sid Grauman
as Guest Appearance
Noah Beery Sr.
as Guest Appearance
Anita Stewart
as Guest Appearance
Leatrice Joy
as Guest Appearance
Agnes Ayres
as Guest Appearance
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Critic Reviews for Hollywood

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

As a smart satire with sparkling wit Hollywood, James Cruze's latest production, overwhelms all other screen efforts in its line.

September 18, 2020 | Full Review…

It Is an amusing idea, good comedy, and the fact that the inside life of Hollywood is shown with many notable stars appearing for a moment makes It a capital draw. Every one will want to see it.

September 18, 2020 | Full Review…

In addition to this roguish originality, Hollywood is blessed with an element of honest, straightforward insanity. One episode, which visualizes a boy's dream of Hollywood, is divinely crazy.

October 7, 2021 | Full Review…

This picture is novel and rich, expertly written and adapted, and directed by James Cruze with a real sympathetic treatment. The elements of pathos and humor are finely balanced and the incident and details are embroidered with vital cinema trimmings.

November 16, 2020 | Full Review…

The big outstanding feature of this production is that it is refreshingly different. It is a novel idea and who is there to gainsay that this is not just what a jaded public is hungry for.

September 18, 2020 | Full Review…

[The film is] all about Hollywood, its people, pictures, studios and whatever else goes with the making of pictures; [it contains] a lot of interesting, intimate detail that is going to give the fan crowd thrills galore.

September 18, 2020 | Full Review…

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