The Show of Shows (1929)

Variety | 28 December 1929

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
24 Nov 1929
p. 8
New York Times
21 Nov 1924
p. 24
Variety
27 Nov 1929
p. 21
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
Darryl Francis Zanuck
Supv
WRITERS
Special material
Special material
PHOTOGRAPHY
Bernard McGill
Dir of photog
SOUND
DANCE
Dance dir
Dance dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"Singin' in the Bathtub," words and music by Ned Washington, Herb Magidson and Michael H. Cleary; "Lady Luck," words and music by Ray Perkins; "Motion Picture Pirates," words and music by M. K. Jerome; "If I Could Learn to Love," words and music by Herman Ruby and M. K. Jerome; "Pingo-Pongo" and "If Your Best Friends Won't Tell You," words by Al Dubin, music by Joe Burke; "The Only Song I Know" and "My Sister," words and music by J. Keirn Brennan and Ray Perkins; "Your Mother and Mine," words by Joe Goodwin, music by Gus Edwards; "You Were Meant for Me," words by Arthur Freed, music by Nacio Herb Brown; "Li-Po-Li," "Military March" and "Just an Hour of Love," words by Al Bryan, music by Ed Ward; "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody," words by Joe Young and Sam Lewis, music by Jean Schwartz; "Jumping Jack," words and music by Bernie Seaman, Marvin Smolev and Rube Bloom; "Your Love Is All That I Crave," words by Al Dubin and Perry Bradford, music by Jimmy Johnson.
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Release Date:
28 December 1929
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: 20 Nov 1929
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
7 December 1929
LP903
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Color
Technicolor
Length(in feet):
11,692
Length(in reels):
15
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Following the introduction of emcee Frank Fay, a dramatic prologue presents an execution in a medieval setting. The "Military March" number features Monte Blue and a horde of chorus girls in a dancing routine. Winnie Lightner then sings "Singin' in the Bath-Tub" with a male chorus attired as bathing girls, and performs a comedy takeoff with Bull Montana. Georges Carpentier appears as a boulevardier in a number featuring "If I Could Learn to Love," supported by Alice White and Patsy Miller. Irene Bordini appears with various composers, each seated at a piano, and sings their successes. In the Florodora Number, the girls sing, then are replaced by the Florodora Boys, demonstrating their occupations in a dance routine. Beatrice Lillie, in a comedy sketch, does "Your Mother and Mine." In the "Motion Picture Pirates" number, Ted Lewis appears with an array of leading screen ladies and heavies along with his band on a picturesque pirate ship. Myrna Loy and Nick Lucas appear in an Oriental routine featuring "Li-Po-Li," and an all-star number features eight sets of starlets, each attired in costumes of various countries in "Meet My Sister," with Richard Barthelmess as emcee. A rhythmic ballet number features 75 dancing girls in black and white costumes, highlighted by Louise Fazenda; then Lupino Lane appears in a tramp ballet. John Barrymore, along with Anthony Bushell and E. J. Radcliffe, acts out a scene from Richard III . In the "Bicycle Built for Two" number, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., heads a prominent group of stars in a satire of 1900; the Execution Number, laid in the badlands of Mexico, features Monte Blue and some of the screen's leading ...

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Following the introduction of emcee Frank Fay, a dramatic prologue presents an execution in a medieval setting. The "Military March" number features Monte Blue and a horde of chorus girls in a dancing routine. Winnie Lightner then sings "Singin' in the Bath-Tub" with a male chorus attired as bathing girls, and performs a comedy takeoff with Bull Montana. Georges Carpentier appears as a boulevardier in a number featuring "If I Could Learn to Love," supported by Alice White and Patsy Miller. Irene Bordini appears with various composers, each seated at a piano, and sings their successes. In the Florodora Number, the girls sing, then are replaced by the Florodora Boys, demonstrating their occupations in a dance routine. Beatrice Lillie, in a comedy sketch, does "Your Mother and Mine." In the "Motion Picture Pirates" number, Ted Lewis appears with an array of leading screen ladies and heavies along with his band on a picturesque pirate ship. Myrna Loy and Nick Lucas appear in an Oriental routine featuring "Li-Po-Li," and an all-star number features eight sets of starlets, each attired in costumes of various countries in "Meet My Sister," with Richard Barthelmess as emcee. A rhythmic ballet number features 75 dancing girls in black and white costumes, highlighted by Louise Fazenda; then Lupino Lane appears in a tramp ballet. John Barrymore, along with Anthony Bushell and E. J. Radcliffe, acts out a scene from Richard III . In the "Bicycle Built for Two" number, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., heads a prominent group of stars in a satire of 1900; the Execution Number, laid in the badlands of Mexico, features Monte Blue and some of the screen's leading heavies, headed by Noah Beery. The "Lady Luck" finale stars Betty Compson and Alexander Gray along with 15 individual acts, climaxed by a screen image of each of the film's stars singing "Lady Luck."

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GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
with songs


Subject

Subject (Minor):
Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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