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      Going Hollywood

      Released Dec 22, 1933 1h 20m Musical Comedy List
      80% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 55% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings Wannabe actress Sylvia Bruce (Marion Davies) is inspired by the singing of actor Bill Williams (Bing Crosby) to quit her job as a French teacher in New York City and go to Hollywood. In the film capital, she rooms with Jill Barker (Patsy Kelly), follows Williams around and runs afoul of his jealous girlfriend and co-star, Lili Yvonne (Fifi D'Orsay). But Sylvia doesn't give up -- she gets a bit part on Williams' latest film and finally shows him what she can do. Read More Read Less

      Critics Reviews

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      Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine Fifi has a remarkable temperament, a number of questionable but fascinating habits and a leading part in Bing Crosby's picture. She also has Bing Crosby. Jul 23, 2019 Full Review Helen Brown Norden Vanity Fair A routine behind-the-scenes story, duller than most, with Marion Davies featuring a wide grin permanently astride her lips. Bing Crosby sings throughout practically every inch of the film, which may be fine if you like him, but if you don't... Jun 6, 2019 Full Review Raquel Stecher Out of the Past Going Hollywood (1933) is just the sort of bizarre musical that needs to be seen to be believed. Mar 2, 2019 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television Musical with delightful musical numbers and Raoul Walsh's usual zest. Jul 17, 2009 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It never amounts to more than a programmer, but it's entertaining fluff. Rated: B- Oct 7, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

      Audience Reviews

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      Audience Member Great 1930s musical. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Marion Davies stars as a young school teacher who's inspired to quit her dreary job at a girls's school after hearing Bing sing on the radio. She seeks him out to thank him and realizes she has fallen in love with him. She follows him to Hollywood and ends up in a love triangle with him and Fifi D'Orsay. A pre-code programmer with a fair amount of life to it and some entertaining musical numbers. Marvel at seeing Davies do a scene in black face. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member Bing is so young in this movie but it's not one of my favorites of his. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member year s/b 1933 not 1923 Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Early Crosby and late Davies is pleasant and undemanding; the best song was "Temptation." Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member good musical that showcases marion davies comedic talents-she was very funny Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

      Cast & Crew

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Wannabe actress Sylvia Bruce (Marion Davies) is inspired by the singing of actor Bill Williams (Bing Crosby) to quit her job as a French teacher in New York City and go to Hollywood. In the film capital, she rooms with Jill Barker (Patsy Kelly), follows Williams around and runs afoul of his jealous girlfriend and co-star, Lili Yvonne (Fifi D'Orsay). But Sylvia doesn't give up -- she gets a bit part on Williams' latest film and finally shows him what she can do.
      Director
      Raoul Walsh
      Producer
      Walter Wanger
      Screenwriter
      Frances Marion, Donald Ogden Stewart
      Distributor
      Loew's Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Production Co
      Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Cosmopolitan Productions, Loew's Inc.
      Genre
      Musical, Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 22, 1933, Wide
      Release Date (DVD)
      Jul 30, 2013
      Runtime
      1h 20m
      Sound Mix
      Mono