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The Goldwyn Follies(1938)

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Motion picture producer Oliver Merlin is dismayed when his latest film starring temperamental Russian dancer Olga Samara is poorly received. The theater manager tells him that the film, like Oliver's other movies, lacks "the human touch." Later, Oliver and Olga are on location working on their next project, Forgotten Dance , when Oliver overhears two young women, Hazel Dawes and her friend Ada, criticizing the oversophistication of the love scene as it is being shot. Oliver follows them to a soda shop, where he hires Hazel as a consultant to give Forgotten Dance a touch of common sense and humanity. Despite her initial bewilderment, Hazel goes with Oliver to Hollywood, where he introduces her to her new roommate, actress Glory Wood. With the exception of Glory, Oliver insists that Hazel avoid all actors and actresses so that she will keep her fresh outlook on the film's story. He even hides her in his car when he takes her to the studio, but she nonetheless meets the Ritz Brothers, a trio of animal trainers who are trying to avail Oliver of their services. Oliver orders the brothers off the lot, after which he and Hazel watch the rehearsal of a ballet and jazz interpretation of Romeo and Juliet . Hazel approves of the sequence, although she says that it must have a happy ending. Later, Oliver halts production while searching for an actor to play the simple, honest hero that Hazel says the film needs. Oliver and his casting director, A. Basil Crane, Jr., interview tenor after tenor, but can find no one suitable. One evening, Hazel and Glory go to a hamburger stand, where they are delighted to discover that the cook, Danny Beecher, is the singer Oliver needs. Glory arranges for Danny to appear on Crane's radio show, and Hazel gets Oliver to listen to him. Oliver agrees to test Danny for the part, and soon Danny is playing the romantic lead opposite Olga. Danny and Hazel fall in love, although Danny is mystified by Hazel's reluctance to visit him on the set. Hazel has not told Oliver about her relationship with Danny, and Oliver, who has fallen in love with Hazel, believes that she returns his affections. Oliver plans a big party, at which he will announce his engagement to Hazel, while Hazel finally confesses to Danny that she works for Oliver. Danny mistakenly assumes that there is something illicit in her relationship with the producer, and storms off. Oliver then tells Hazel that he is announcing their engagement that night, and when she states that she loves Danny, he threatens to cut Danny out of the picture if she does not marry him. Hazel reluctantly acquiesces and attends the party. Danny also attends and, after giving Oliver a pair of scissors with which to cut him out of the film, asks Hazel to go away with him. An overjoyed Hazel agrees, after which Oliver, who realizes that Hazel and Danny belong together, announces to his guests that he is signing Danny to a five-year contract. Hazel gratefully tells Oliver that he has learned to act with humanity, and she then sings with Danny.