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A great silent comedy, Marion Davies' best film
I was fortunate enough to see this on the big screen back in the 70's with live organ music, and King Vidor in attendance for Q&A. This one movie proves that Marion Davies, whatever they say about her acting ability, was a versatile comedienne. It's a lot of fun, with great behind-the-scenes shots of the MGM lot in the late 20's. Don't miss it.
Director Vidor's funny silent film, and one of the best "Hollywood on Hollywood" films ever made. Davies is a small-town girl working in comedies at MGM when she wants to be a dramatic actress. Cameo's include Douglas Fairbanks, John Gilbert and Vidor himself, them plus the story allow for great in-jokes about the movie business in the final years of the Silent era. Delightful from start-to-finish and features Davies best performance. I give it a 4.5/5.
A Romantic Glimpse Into the Silent Movie Era
William Haines' best acted role in a movie that is both heartwarming and gives an adorable glimpse into the making of silent movies. The director was very successful in extracting the best range of emotion from the characters. No other picture developed all facets of Haines' personality so well, from bratty kid extra to loving adult. Truly a joy to watch over and over again.
- Mark Sutch
- Tom Wilcox
This film is noteworthy due to Marion Davies fine performance as a naive young girl trying to make it in Hollywood. Ms. Davies was a fine comedienne and expert at all types of physical comedy. A cute scene is when a director asks her to react to a man she loves and another she hates. This film is truly a gem of a comedy and even Chaplin does a brief cameo.