Hollywood Hotel

Title: Hollywood Hotel
Category: Musical Comedy
Format: B/W
Run Time: 109 minutes
Released by: Warner Brothers
Year: 1937
Director: Busby Berkely
Producer: Samuel Bischoff/Bryan Foy
Screenplay: Jerry Wald/Maurice Leo/Richard Macaulay
Notes:
  1. Gene’s first major acting role
  2. Available on DVD as; Warner Home Video DVD: Hollywood Hotel (2008)
Cast
Dick Powell as Ronnie Bowers
Rosemary Lane as Virginia Stanton
Lola Lane as Mona Marshall
Hugh Herbert as Chester Marshall, Mona’s father
Ted Healy as Fuzzy Boyle
Glenda Farrell as Jonesy, Mona’s assistant
Johnnie Davis as Georgia
Louella Parsons as Herself
Alan Mowbray as Alexander Dupre
Mabel Todd as Dot Marshall, Mona’s sister
Frances Langford as Alice Crayne
Jerry Cooper as Himself
Ken Niles as Himself
Duane Thompson as Himself
Allyn Joslyn as Bernie Walton
Grant Mitchell as B. L. Faulkin
Edgar Kennedy as Callaghan, the drive-in owner
Fritz Feld as The Russian, a restaurant patron
Curt Bois as Butch, the dress designer
Perc Westmore as Himself
Eddie Acuff as Joe, the camerman
Clinton Rosemond as Tom, African-American singer
William Davidson as Director Walter Kelton
Wally Maher as Assistant Director Drew
Georgie Cooper as Seamstress
Libby Taylor as Cleo, Mona’s maid
Joe Romantini as Waiter
Paul Irving as Bramwell
Benny Goodman and His Orchestra as Themselves
Raymond Paige and his Orchestra as Themselves
Synopsis
This was Warner Brother’s last major 1930s musical. Directed by Busby Berkeley and featuring numerous cameos from the Warners stable, the title was gleaned from a popular CBS radio talent show. Dick Powell stars as sax player Ronnie Bowers who comes to Tinsel Town after winning a talent contest. He believes that his prize is a date with the gorgeous Rosemary Lane, so when he ends up with her double, he’s miffed. Later he appears on Hollywood gossip columnist Louella Parson’s radio show and becomes a star. Songs include: “Hooray for Hollywood,” “Let That Be A Lesson To You,” “Sing, You Son Of A Gun,” “I’ve Hitched My Wagon To A Star,” “Silhouetted In The Moonlight,” and “I’m A Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas.”