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The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)

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In this musical revue, MGM introduced its silent-film stars. Conrad Nagel and Jack Benny host the event. Stars include: Buster Keaton, Joan Crawford, and Lionel Barrymore.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By: ,
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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures

Cast

Jack Benny
as Himself
Conrad Nagel
as Himself
John Gilbert
as Himself/Romeo
Norma Shearer
as Herself/Juliet
Bessie Love
as Herself
Anita Page
as Herself
Nils Asther
as Himself
Buster Keaton
as Himself/Princess Raj...
Charles King
as Himself
Polly Moran
as Herself
Gus Edwards
as Himself
Karl Dane
as Himself
Ann Dvorak
as Chorus girl
G.K. Arthur
as Himself
Gwen Lee
as Herself
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Critic Reviews for The Hollywood Revue of 1929

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

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

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It is a talking and singing film free from irritating outpourings of coarse slang or a tedious, sobbing romance.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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!

Full Review… | March 3, 2008
EmanuelLevy.Com

It's a sometimes fascinating, sometimes tedious historical artifact.

Full Review… | June 9, 2006
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Audience Reviews for The Hollywood Revue of 1929

½

Bright and cheery and all in good fun, but there's a reason this type of "entertainment" isn't popular anymore. Notable for one of the first performances of "Singin' in the Rain" as well as sketches by Laurel & Hardy.

½

The songs are pretty bad, the singing is sub-par, the choreography is laughable, and the attempts at humor are not . . . however, it is a fascinating look at what was considered the "best" of 1929 - and how our standards and expectations have changed so drastically since then.

Jack Benny is a comic genius, but in this - his first appearance on film - his timing suffers due to the lack of a live audience, and bad material. I was quite impressed with someone named Ukulele Ike, so I looked him up to see why I'd never heard of him - but I have! He was the voice of Jiminy Cricket, and his future potential is evident in this film. Laurel & Hardy have a lightly humorous sketch, and Buster Keaton is wasted in nothing more than an on-screen sight gag.

Overall, the cast seems uncomfortable and somewhat embarrassed throughout this film - which shines as brightly as an under-rehearsed high school variety show. However, I'm sure that audiences were charmed and amazed at the spectacle of song, dance and vocals on film. If Busby Berkeley hadn't come along, musical numbers on film would have probably stayed on this level and died out when the novelty ended by the mid-1930's.

Although I totally see how this movie was a big deal in 1929, it's really nothing more than a historical curiosity these days. If you're like me and totally into film history, it's worth checking out at least once. But if you have no interest in film history, you're probably not going to get anything out of it at all.

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