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The Hollywood Revue of 1929

The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)

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With the arrival of talkies, every major studio hopped on the musical bandwagon by turning out lavish "revues," spotlighting their top stars performing specialty numbers. MGM's entry in this all-star genre was Hollywood Revue of 1929, which, though a box-office smash and a "Best Picture" Oscar nominee, is an absolutely deadly experience when seen today. Even so, it coasts by on its curiosity value, as several major MGM luminaries display their all-talking, all-singing, all-dancing talents (or

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No semblance of a story, and considering cast nobody is going to care.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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It is a talking and singing film free from irritating outpourings of coarse slang or a tedious, sobbing romance.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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MGM's entry in the cycle of all-star studio revues that came with the advent of sound; it was by far the most popular, though the waning of some of the celebrities featured makes it seem a little creaky today.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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An early sound musical, this plotless revue, emceed by Conrad Nagel and Jack Benny, is a big mishmash with Shearer and Barrymore acting and then spoofing the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet, and Joan Crawford not only dancing but singing too!

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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It's a sometimes fascinating, sometimes tedious historical artifact.

June 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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