Show Girl in Hollywood

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Show Girl in Hollywood
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Produced by Robert North
First National
The Vitaphone Corporation
Written by Harvey F. Thew
James A. Starr
J. P. McEvoy (novel)
Starring Alice White
Jack Mulhall
Blanche Sweet
Ford Sterling
Music by Joseph Burke
Ray Henderson
Cinematography Sol Polito (Technicolor)
Edited by Peter Fritch
Distributed by First National Pictures: A Subsidiary of Warner Bros.
Release dates April 20, 1930
Running time 80 Minutes
Country United States
Language English

Show Girl in Hollywood (1930) is an all-talking musical comedy/drama film with Technicolor sequences, produced and distributed by First National Pictures, a subsidiary of Warner Bros.. The film starred Alice White, Jack Mulhall and Blanche Sweet. It was adapted from the novel Hollywood Girl (1929) by J. P. McEvoy. Al Jolson (and his wife Ruby Keeler), Noah Beery (with his son), Walter Pidgeon, and Loretta Young make a cameo appearance in this film in the final reel, which was photographed in Technicolor. This film is a remake of the 1928 Warner Bros. silent film Show Girl which also starred Alice White as Dixie Dugan.[1]


When the film begins, we see a musical show before closed down before it has had a chance to even open. Jack Mulhall, who wrote the musical intends to rewrite it while his girlfriend, Alice White, fed up at wasting her time for a show that never even opened, is intent on finding a new career. While at a nightclub, White does a musical number and catches the eye of John Miljan, a Hollywood director. Miljan persuades White to go to Hollywood, where he will have a part waiting for her in his upcoming films. White takes the next train to California. When she arrives she is disappointed to find that Miljan has been fired from the studio and that there is no part for her. White meets Blanche Sweet, a former star, who is now out of work because of her age. Soon after, White discovers that Mulhall is now in Hollywood because one of the movie studios had just bought the film rights to his musical play. Mulhall had insisted that White be given the lead in the film version of his play. The film goes into production and White manages to get Sweet included in the cast. One day, White meets Miljan at a restaurant and tells her that he is now working for another studio. Through his influence, Miljan manages to change White into a temperamental and conceited actress and this leads to complications which almost end her film career.



  • "I've Got My Eye on You"
  • "Hang Onto a Rainbow"
  • "There's a Tear for Every Smile in Hollywood"
  • "Merrily We Roll Along"
  • "Buy, Buy For Baby (Or Baby Will Bye Bye You)

Foreign Language Versions[edit]

One Foreign Language Version of the 1930 version of Show Girl in Hollywood was produced. The French version was titled Le masque d'Hollywood and was directed by Clarence G. Badger and John Daumery.


Show Girl in Hollywood received good reviews. Photoplay called the film Alice White's best talkie to date, and described it as "first-rate entertainment, in spite of a soggy spot or two."[2]


The film only survives in a black and white copy only. The last reel was originally in Technicolor but no color prints seem to have survived.

DVD release[edit]

Show Girl in Hollywood was released on DVD as part of the Warner Archive Collection on December 1, 2009.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c. 1971
  2. ^ Kreuger, Miles ed. The Movie Musical from Vitaphone to 42nd Street as Reported in a Great Fan Magazine (New York: Dover Publications) p 188. ISBN 0-486-23154-2

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