Going Hollywood

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Going Hollywood
Goinghollywood.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Raoul Walsh
Produced by Walter Wanger
Screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart
Story by Frances Marion
Starring
Music by Herbert Stothart
Cinematography George J. Folsey
Edited by Frank Sullivan
Production
  company
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) December 22, 1933 (1933-12-22TUSA)
Running time 78 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $914,000 (estimated)
Box office $583,232[1]

Going Hollywood is a 1933 American musical film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Marion Davies and Bing Crosby. Written by Donald Ogden Stewart and based on a story by Frances Marion, the film is about a French teacher at an all-girl school who longs to find love. When she hears a young singer on the radio, she visits him and thanks him, which causes problems with another woman. Going Hollywood was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on December 22, 1933.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

  • "Going Hollywood" by Bing Crosby at the railroad station
  • "Our Big Love Scene" by Bing Crosby
  • "Beautiful Girl" by Bing Crosby
  • "Just an Echo in the Valley" by Bing Crosby
  • "We'll Make Hay While the Sun Shines" by Bing Crosby and Marion Davies and chorus
  • "Cinderella's Fella" by Fifi D'Orsay, reprised by Marion Davies
  • "Happy Days Are Here Again"
  • "When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain" by Jimmy Hollywood
  • "You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love)" by Henry Taylor imitating Russ Columbo
  • "Remember Me" by Jimmy Hollywood
  • "My Time Is Your Time" by Jimmy Hollywood
  • "After Sundown" by Bing Crosby
  • "Temptation" by Bing Crosby

Response[edit]

The reviewer in TV Guide wrote:

Fluffy fun, featuring Crosby in his first MGM film and Davies in one of her best performances. She's an attractive French teacher who follows aspiring crooner Crosby to Hollywood to save him from the clutches of the egotistical D'Orsay. You can probably guess the rest. Director Walsh handled the production with the brisk pace that was to become his trademark. Crosby, in collegiate sweaters, spectator shoes and white golf pants, is the essence of the casual crooner. He sings one of his biggest early-day hits, "Temptation." The production was lavishly sponsored by Cosmopolitan Productions, the filmmaking arm of newspaper czar William Randolph Hearst, who allowed his leading lady and mistress Davies all the luxuries of an empress during the film's leisurely production schedule.

The literate and amusing screenplay was written by Stewart, a witty Hollywood scribe of the Robert Benchley school, and the supporting cast for GOING HOLLYWOOD is solid with Sparks as the cynical film director, Erwin as the bumbling producer, Hayton as the versatile pianist and conductor, and slapstick galore from scene-stealing, wisecracking Kelly in her film debut after several smashing successes on Broadway. The film, when finally released, was an enormous success and transformed Crosby into a top ten box-office attraction.

A reviewer on Turner Classic Movies wrote:

Crosby's voice, however, never falters. He is at his absolute best in numbers like "Beautiful Girl" and the title number, which is set in Grand Central Station. In a memorable Oz meets Oklahoma dream sequence, Davies and Crosby parade through cellophane sunflowers to "We'll Make Hay While the Sun Shines." The finale is also a showstopper, with a deco backdrop that becomes a towering orchestra pit and Davies and Crosby's reunion to "Our Big Love Scene."

Sanderson Beck [1] wrote:

Some fine songs highlight this story of the temperamental star replaced by the young and hungry girl in both career and romance. The wit of Jill, the frustration of Conroy, the sincerity of Ernest, and the electricians' radio satire tend to outshine the main plot, showing that it's not always the stars that carry the picture. Sometimes the picture carries them.

Dennis Schwartz from Ozus' World Movie Reviews [2] had a more humble view, writing, "It never amounts to more than a programmer, but it's entertaining fluff."

Edward Lorusso of The Midnight Palace [3] had a similar view:

While Going Hollywood is not usually ranked among the decade’s best musicals, it seems now to be a botched effort by MGM at making a major musical (MGM also reversed directions with Hollywood Party, another ambitious musical that was reduced to nonsense despite a terrific cast) with Marion Davies and Bing Crosby. But at 78 minutes it seems clear that the film was scaled back, especially when there are three sequences that seem truncated. Oddly the three sequences all featured Davies. One wonders why her scenes would have been eliminated, especially since Hearst and others were always watchful of a co-star stealing a film from Davies. Still, Going Hollywood remains an enjoyable romp with great songs delivered by Crosby at the peak of his singing career. And the narrative structure and use of dreams vs. temptation is fascinating.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matthew Bernstein, Walter Wagner: Hollywood Independent, Minnesota Press, 2000 p434

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