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Hollywood Hotel(1938)

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In an article in Hollywood Reporter, Roy Del Ruth wrote that the Hollywood Hotel was an early gathering place for movie industry people, attracting the likes of Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks to Thursday night dances. The film includes shots of the exterior of the hotel, which was no longer prominent at the time of the film. This film was based on a popular radio program of the same name, which was broadcast from the hotel. An ad in Hollywood Reporter notes that the Orchid Room, site of the radio broadcasts, was created especially by Warner Bros. for the movie. Contemporary sources credit either Bryan Foy or Sam Bischoff as producers, although neither was credited on the film itself. Hollywood Reporter notes that Bette Davis was to star in the film. Contemporary sources mention that George Barnes photographed the finale.
       Louella Parsons, who hosted the Hollywood Hotel radio program, made her screen debut in this production. According to Hal Wallis's autobiography, Campbell Soup, who sponsored Parson's radio show, sued Warner Bros. for using the title without authorization, as did the owners of the Hollywood Hotel. Actor Ted Healy, who portrayed the character Fuzzy, died of a heart attack a few hours after attending the film's preview. For more information on Healy's death, consult the entry below on Of Human Hearts.