What Price Hollywood? 1932

What Price Hollywood?

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When pretty waitress and Hollywood hopeful Mary Evans (Constance Bennett) serves drinks to famous director Max Carey (Lowell Sherman), a Tinseltown cliche becomes reality, and he offers her a bit part in his new film. Almost blowing her chance due to nerves and inexperience, Mary finally clicks as an actress and becomes an overnight star. But after she marries a polo player (Neil Hamilton) who has no interest in the movie business, Max feels betrayed and descends into an alcoholic depression.

Cast & Crew

Lowell Sherman
Maximillan 'Max' Carey
Neil Hamilton
Lonny Borden
Brooks Benedict
Muto, Diner Who Will Put Mary in Pictures
Louise Beavers
Bonita, Mary's Maid
Eddie "Rochester" Anderson
James, Max's Butler (uncredited)
Bryant Washburn
Washed-Up Star Telephoning in Brown Derby (uncredited)
Florence Roberts
Brown Derby Diner (uncredited)
G. Wood
The 'Yes' Man (uncredited)
Jane Murfin
Writer (Screenplay)
Ben Markson
Writer (Screenplay)
Pandro S. Berman
Associate Producer
David O. Selznick
Executive Producer
Max Hardcore
Original Music
Charles Rosher
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Critic Reviews for What Price Hollywood?

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Audience Reviews for What Price Hollywood?

  • Jul 28, 2017
    There are some really nice moments in this film, which mixes a 'behind the scenes' look at the film industry, romantic comedy, and drama. Lowell Sherman, in the role of an alcoholic director, turns in a great performance, and scenes with him towards the end are excellent, though I won't spoil them. Constance Bennett, on the other hand, is hit and miss: she sizzles in a nightclub scene where she croons in French, channeling Marlene Dietrich, but in other scenes she's overly shrill. I'm not a huge fan of movies depicting the inner workings of filmmaking and the difficulties those in the industry face, including early version of the paparazzi here, and the concept of the 'waitress who is discovered' in Hollywood is pretty cliché. Unfortunately, the script is rather shallow, and it's surprising to me that story was nominated for an Academy Award. There are some funny scenes, such as when an interviewer asks if their marriage was for the "thoughtful, reasoning" kind of love, or the "blind, passion, ummph" kind, and when the director pulls the maid into the pool when she too tries to get a few moments with him to audition. There are also some cringe-inducing scenes, such as when Bennett's suitor (Neil Hamilton, who you may recognize as the commissioner from the 'Batman' TV series, 30+ years later) literally force-feeds her on a date, after having carried her to the table (wow, way to get the girl :( Net, it's a mixed bag, not horrible, but not amazing either.
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  • Feb 26, 2012
    The template for A Star is Born is a good film on its own. While certain scenes reflect the later films the tenure of this is different and the core relationship between the main characters is not a romantic one but one of friendship. Interesting use of imagery to make statements and set moods is dated but done it a way that makes sense within the context of the picture. Solid but the definitive version is still the Judy Garland 1954 starrer.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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