It Happened in Hollywood


1h 7m 1937
It Happened in Hollywood

Brief Synopsis

A silent Western star has trouble adjusting to the coming of sound.

Film Details

Also Known As
Once a Hero
Genre
Drama
Release Date
Sep 7, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 7m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

Western film star Tim Bart meets a young boy named Billy while making a personal appearance at a hospital for disabled children, and promises to invite him to his Hollywood ranch and introduce him to other celebrities after he gets well. Time passes, and the advent of sound motion pictures proves disasterous for Tim's career. Meanwhile, Gloria Gay, Tim's leading lady, becomes a great success and begins to feel bad for Tim. Destitute, Tim is forced to sell his trained pony, Toby, to a Japanese gardener and move away from Hollywood. Just as he is about to leave, however, Billy runs away from the hospital and asks Tim to make good on his promise. Seeing no harm in making the young boy's dreams come true, Tim, with the help of his former employees, spends one day recreating his life on the Hollywood ranch. He also throws a party for Billy, inviting Gloria and a number of actors who are doubles for famous movie stars. Billy is injured when he falls off Tim's horse, and desperately needs medical attention. Unable to afford a doctor, Tim asks Gloria for help but finds that she, too, has no money. Tim decides to hold up a bank, but just as he is about to do so, real gangsters appear and shoot a police officer. As the three robbers attempt to flee, Tim shoots them and is hailed a hero for his bravery. After being given parts by their former producer, Tim and Gloria are reunited and Tim adopts Billy.

Cast

Richard Dix

Tim Bart

Fay Wray

Gloria Gay

Victor Kilian

Slim

Franklin Pangborn

Mr. Forsythe

Charlie Arnt

Jed Reed

Granville Bates

Sam Bennett

William B. Davidson

Al Howard

Arthur Loft

Pete

Edgar Dearing

Stevens

James Donlan

Shorty

Billy Burrud

Billy

Zeffie Tilbury

Miss Gordon

Harold Goodwin

Buck

Charles Brinley

Pappy

Zeni Vatori

Joe Spogoli

Wade Boteler

Patrolman

Helen Brown

Nurse

Mary Jane Temple

Nurse

Robert Chisholm

Englishman

Zita Moulton

Englishwoman

Tom Chatterton

Bank manager

Byron Foulger

Chet

Sam Mcdaniel

Black porter

Miki Morita

Japanese gardener

Edward Lesaint

Doctor

Arthur Wanzer

Addison

D'arcy Corrigan

Shakespearean actor

Scotty Beckett

Boy

Delmar Watson

Boy

Bobby Watson

Boy

Tommy Bupp

Boy

Freddie Walburn

Boy

Wally Albright

Boy

Sammy Mckim

Boy

Richard Terry

Gangster

George Chesebro

Gangster

Eddie Laughton

Gangster

Don Brodie

Sound man

Eddie Fetherston

Assistant director

Beatrice Curtis

Script girl

Edward Hearn

Cop

Lucille Lund

American girl

Harry Strang

Joe Pratt

John Tyrrell

Burt

Cyril Ring

Cameraman

Frank Ellis

Gorman

George Billings

Tough boy

Billy Wolfstone

Fat boy

Charles Williams

Photographer

Alex Palasthy

Russian

Francis Sayles

Waiter

C. L. Sherwood

Bum

Bruce Sidney

Bank manager

Philip Waldron

Clark Gable double

Doc Dearborn

William Powell double

Bob O'keefe

James Cagney double

Howard Bruce

Edward Arnold double

Joan Beauchamp

Myrna Loy double

Margaret Wormser

Loretta Young double

John Bohn

John Barrymore double

Arthur Mclaglen

Victor McLaglen double

James May

W. C. Fields double

Eugene Deverdi

Charles Chaplin double

Charles Clark

Joe E. Brown double

Frank Brown

Harold Lloyd double

Virginia Rendell

Mae West double

Carol Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich double

Franky Farr

Eddie Cantor double

Earl Haddon

Bing Crosby double

Berna Mack

Claudette Colbert double

Don Eddy

Dancing Fred Astaire double

Lillian Tours

Dancing Ginger Rogers double

Beatrice Coleman

Ginger Rogers double

Betty Dietrich

Greta Garbo double

Film Details

Also Known As
Once a Hero
Genre
Drama
Release Date
Sep 7, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 7m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

Articles

It Happened in Hollywood


A silent Western star has trouble adjusting to the coming of sound.
It Happened In Hollywood

It Happened in Hollywood

A silent Western star has trouble adjusting to the coming of sound.

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Notes

The working title of this film was Once a Hero. Although a July 1935 New York Times news item noted that RKO producer Cliff Reid was preparing It Happened in Hollywood for production, his participation in the released film has not been determined. The file for the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library contains a letter, dated February 8, 1937, in which the PCA informed Columbia that it could not certify the picture "because of the objectionable nature of the important element of the two detailed bank hold-ups." The PCA also objected to "the unnecessary drinking" contained in the film, and the showing of children playing gangsters.