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Show People (1928)

Show People (1928)





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In this silent film, pretty Peggy Pepper (Marion Davies) travels out to Hollywood with the hope of becoming a famous actress. As she struggles to make her dreams come true, Peggy takes a job at a company that creates comic films. Once there, she falls in love with comedian Billy Boone (William Haines), but a big break at a major motion picture studio might have an undesirable effect on their relationship.


Marion Davies
as Peggy Pepper
William Haines
as Billy Boone
Dell Henderson
as Col. Pepper
Polly Moran
as The Maid
Tenen Holtz
as Casting director
Sidney Bracey
as Dramatic director
Harry Gribbon
as Comedy director
Sidney Bracy
as Dramatic Director
Albert Conti
as Producer
Karl Dane
as Himself
Elinor Glyn
as Herself
Lew Cody
as Special guest appearance
William S. Hart
as Special guest appearance
Mae Murray
as Special guest appearance
Louella Parsons
as Special guest appearance
King Vidor
as Special guest appearance
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Critic Reviews for Show People

All Critics (4)

Show People is a classic of its type, certainly more entertaining than The Artist, which recycled the same material to considerably diminished effect.

Full Review… | August 13, 2012

What might have been hysterical back in the day, today seems passably cutesy comedy.

Full Review… | May 21, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Interesting Hearst-backed production starring Davies and other big stars of the era.

October 26, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Audience Reviews for Show People


A delightful silent comedy with my personal weakness: the "behind the scenes" workings of early Hollywood

Timothy Phelan
Timothy Phelan

The film is more cute than funny now, but it's a wonderful time capsule of an era right before it was completely over. Marion Davies's performance is superb. It certainly anticipates Lucille Ball's "Lucy" in facial expressions. There's some cool cameo appearances from the likes of Chaplin, Fairbanks, Gilbert, Hart, and Vidor himself too.

Garrett Cash
Garrett Cash

Just about one of the best silent films I've ever seen. The only one that beats it out in my head is Torrent. It has a bit of drama, but mostly it just covers the truth of love through comedy. It shows how people are willing to bend everything for what's in their own head and how it's not always the best way to go. See it.

Kim Kuzma
Kim Kuzma

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