""Hollywood Revue" was one of those let's-throw-everyone-on -the-lot-into a musical things,
"Hollywood Revue of 1929" 1929
Cast: Conrad Nagel, Jack Benny, John Gilbert, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Bessie Love, William Haines, Buster Keaton, Anita
Page, Karl Dane, George K. Arthur, Gwen Lee, Ernest Belcher's Dancing Tots, Marie Dressler, Marion Davies, Cliff Edwards,
Charles King, Polly Moran, Gus Edwards, Lionel Barrymore, Brox Sisters, the Albertina Rasch Ballet, Natacha Natova and Company,
the Rounders, Laurel and Hardy.
In an attempt to show off their stabe of stars, MGM gave us Hollywood Revue of 1929 - With the breakaway from silents to talkies,
this was the perfect opportunity to showcase their stars. In a singing, dancing and acting extravaganza the monotony of the
format gets a little tiresome but it's fun to spot the famous faces. Joan sings "Gotta Feelin' for You," amidst
a dance specialty, finishing with the Biltmore Quartet.
Above: The top stars at MGM at the beginning of the "talkies" era. Notice Joan is in one of the
This film reportedly features every major MGM star of the day with the exception of Greta Garbo, Ramon Novarro and Lon Chaney.
Joan sings Gotta Feelin' for You, assisted by the Biltmore Quartet and pianist Dave Snell. Her energetic dance number showcases
her talent as a flapper. Joan took three days to film her segments. During the Singing in the Rain sequence, filmed in color
on June 10, 1929, torrents of studio-made rain were poured on to the performers while they actually recorded the song.
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Movie Posters/Lobby Cards etc...
My father (Henry Bergeron) was an uncredited dancer in this film. He passed away at 93 and also bragged about the stars he worked with in his Hollywood heyday. Here is a link to Hollywood Revue of 1929 in which he took a part in and also the main website showcasing his career. Click on the picture below to view an impressive website on Henry Bergeron's career and involvement in the "Hollywood Revue of 1929."
Mark Hellinger of the New York Daily News said, "If this film doesn't catch on like wildfire, I am Calvin Coolidge's
old electric horse. As an example of what the talking film has done to the legitimate theatre, this Hollywood Revue is pretty
nearly the last word."
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