The Hollywood Revue of 1929
The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929)

With the arrival of talkies, every major studio hopped on the musical bandwagon by turning out lavish "revues," spotlighting their top stars performing specialty numbers. MGM's entry in this all-star genre was Hollywood Revue… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 14, 1929
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Variety Staff

No semblance of a story, and considering cast nobody is going to care.

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Emanuel Levy

An early sound musical, this plotless revue, emceed by Conrad Nagel and Jack Benny, is a big mishmash with Shearer and Barrymore acting and then spoofing the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet, and Joan Crawford not only dancing but singing too!

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

It is a talking and singing film free from irritating outpourings of coarse slang or a tedious, sobbing romance.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

It's a sometimes fascinating, sometimes tedious historical artifact.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

MGM's entry in the cycle of all-star studio revues that came with the advent of sound; it was by far the most popular, though the waning of some of the celebrities featured makes it seem a little creaky today.

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