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Encyclopedia > The Hollywood Revue of 1929

The Hollywood Revue of 1929: One of the earliest ventures into the new talkie format of motion pictures, this film, directed by Charles Riesner for MGM, brought together some top acts in a two-hour vaudeville show hosted by Jack Benny. Called an “All-Star Musical Extravaganza,” the film includes bizarre performances by once and future stars, including Joan Crawford singing and dancing on stage (she later remarked, "Revue was one of those Let's-throw-everyone-on-the-lot-into-a musical things, but I did a good song-and-dance number."). Other acts feature Lionel Barrymore, Marion Davies, John Gilbert, Buster Keaton, Marie Dressler, Anita Page and Norma Shearer. Highlights of the film are musical performances (including the debut of Singing In The Rain) by Cliff Edwards ("Ukelele Ike") and a comedy routine starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy as a team of inept magicians. A sound film (or talkie) is a motion picture with synchronized sound, as opposed to a silent movie. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... Vaudeville is a style of multi-act theatre which flourished in North America from the 1880s through the 1920s. ... Jack Benny Jack Benny (born Benjamin Kubelsky, February 14, 1894 – December 26, 1974), an American comedian, vaudeville performer, and radio, television, and film actor, was arguably the biggest star in classic American radio and was also a major television attraction. ... Joan Crawford, photographed by Yousuf Karsh, 1948 Joan Crawford (March 23, 1906 – May 10, 1977) was an Academy Award winning American actress. ... Lionel Barrymore Lionel Barrymore (April 28, 1878 – November 15, 1954), original name: Lionel Blythe, was an American actor of stage, radio and film, elder brother of Ethel and John Barrymore. ... Marion Davies in the 1920s Marion Davies (born January 3, 1897; died September 23, 1961) was an American comedic actress. ... John Gilbert may refer to several people: John Gilbert (actor) John Gilbert (naturalist) John Gilbert (painter) John William Gilbert (British, Labour Party politician) John Gilbert (Canadian politician) (NDP) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Joseph Frank Keaton Jr. ... Marie Dressler (born November 9, 1868; died July 28, 1934) was a Canadian actress. ... Anita Page is an American film actress. ... Norma Shearer (August 10, circa 1902 – June 12, 1983) was a naturalized U.S. citizen actress who had been born in Montreal, Quebec, the daughter of a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman. ... Singin in the Rain is a song with lyrics by Arthur Freed and music by Nacio Herb Brown, published in 1929. ... Cliff Edwards (14 June 1895 - 17 July 1971), also known as Ukelele Ike, was a United States singer and musician who enjoyed considerable popularity in the 1920s and early 1930s, and also did voices for animated cartoons later in his career. ... Comedy is the use of humor in the form of theater, where it simply referred to a play with a happy ending, in contrast to a tragedy. ... Stan Laurel Stan Laurel (June 16, 1890 – February 23, 1965), born Arthur Stanley Jefferson, was a comedian and member of the comedy team Laurel and Hardy. ... Oliver Norvell Hardy (1892–1957) Oliver Norvell Hardy (January 18, 1892 – August 7, 1957) was an American film actor. ...


For showings in major cities, portions of the film were originally in the early 2-strip Technicolor process. It has been suggested that John Hay Whitney/Technicolor be merged into this article or section. ...


The film is clunky and uneven by today's standards. It is little more than a hodgepodge of unconnected skits, many of which have little artistic value for modern audiences. The film has more in common with mid-20th century television variety shows than with later movie musicals. Nevertheless, The Hollywood Revue of 1929 offers some interesting insights into the decline of the great stars of silent movies - in particular John Gilbert who revealed a speaking voice here that did not match his silent screen image -- and a glimpse at the early careers of some of the major figures of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Clumsy as it may now seem, the film was popular with audiences, who were still unaccustomed to the new medium of sound, and it even won an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999 in the... A variety show is a show with a variety of acts, often including music and comedy skits, especially on television. ... -1... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...


 
 

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