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Hollywood Goes to Town (1938)

Approved | | Short, Documentary | July 1938 (USA)
This short shows how Hollywood gets ready for the world premiere of an "important" movie. The film celebrated here is Marie Antoinette (1938), which had its premiere at the Carthay Circle ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Wilson ... Himself
Judy Garland ... Herself
Freddie Bartholomew ... Himself
Una Merkel ... Herself
Fernand Gravey ... Himself
John Barrymore ... Himself
Elaine Barrie ... Herself
Florence Rice ... Herself
Adrian ... Himself
Norma Shearer ... Herself
Tyrone Power ... Himself
Spencer Tracy ... Himself
Fanny Brice ... Herself
Pete Smith ... Himself
Robert Young ... Himself


This short shows how Hollywood gets ready for the world premiere of an "important" movie. The film celebrated here is Marie Antoinette (1938), which had its premiere at the Carthay Circle Theatre. We see the street leading to the theatre transformed to suggest a garden that might be seen in a French palace. This includes the placement of trees and other foliage, as well as large statues along the route. Grandstands are set up so fans can see their favorite stars as they arrive for the premiere. Finally, the proverbial "galaxy of stars" arrives in their limousines. Fanny Brice and Pete Smith make remarks at the microphone set up on the carpet outside the theatre. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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July 1938 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Included in Warner Home Video's 2006 DVD release of Marie Antoinette (1938). This release of Marie Antoinette (1938) is also in Warner Home Video's multifilm DVD collection "Motion Picture Masterpieces", released at the same time. See more »

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Great Stars
13 May 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Hollywood Goes to Town (1938)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Highly entertaining short is part documentary and part promo piece for MGM's big-budgeted MARIE ANTOINETTE. The film starts off showing us how Hollywood puts on a premiere, which includes them cutting the bushes, building grand stands and of course getting the red carpet laid down. We see how all of this goes down in one day and then we see the Hollywood stars show up. Norma Shearer, Tyrone Power, Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Freddie Bartholomew, Una Merkel, John Barrymore, Robert Young, Pete Smith, Jimmy Stewart, Jeanette MacDonald, Helen Hayes, Louis B. Mayer, Hedy Lamarr, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Paul Muni, Charles Boyer, Jack Benny, Claudette Colbert, Simone Simon, Robert Montgomery, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Taylor and Carole Lombard are the stars who show up in this one 9-minute film. As you can see, this is a film buffs dream as we get to see a lot of major stars within one small film. If you're a fan of classic film then this here is a must see just for nostalgia sake.

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