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Show People (1928) was a Comedy - Romance Film directed by King Vidor and produced by King Vidor, Irving Thalberg and Marion Davies.

Show People was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2003.

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Show People (1928): Marion Davies Laughs

By 4 Star Film Fan on May 27, 2022 From 4 Star Films

Some might recall one of the reasons given for Citizen Kane not actually being based on William Randolph Hearst is Welles’s assertion that Marion Davies was no washed-up actress being propped up by her influential husband. In fact, it’s easy to imagine Hearst being more like a Howard Hug... Read full article


Backlots at the TCM Classic Film Festival–And Lara in Attendance for SHOW PEOPLE (1928)

By Lara on Apr 11, 2018 From Backlots

Dear readers, I have been keeping mum on news about the TCM Classic Film Festival until I got confirmation of some news of my own. That confirmation arrived in my inbox two days ago and was made public today…so here I am to let you know that Backlots has press credentials for the TCM Classic F... Read full article


SHOW PEOPLE (1928) and the Rise of Self-Reflection in Hollywood

By Lara on Sep 16, 2013 From Backlots

Marion Davies and real-life director King Vidor in a scene from “Show People.” For many decades, Hollywood has been fascinated with movies about movies. Ranging from the highest celebrations of Hollywood stardom (Singin’ In the Rain) to analyses of the most terrible tragedies of th... Read full article


Show People (1928) A Silent Film Review

By Movies, Silently on Jun 29, 2013 From Movies Silently

Marion Davies knocks ‘em dead in this witty comedy about showbiz. In a tale that is a combination of Gloria Swanson’s story and Merton of the Movies, Marion plays a newcomer to Hollywood who wants to make her mark in drama. William Haines, a kindly slapstick comedian, takes her under his... Read full article


Who wants to watch a silent drama? Show People animated GIF

By Movies, Silently on Feb 6, 2013 From Movies Silently

Then, as now, there were some people who just did not want to see a silent drama. Cute scene from the classic film Show People starring Marion Davies and Billy Haines. Dedicated to all the people who love silent comedies and can’t stand punk dramas.... Read full article


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Quotes from

Peggy Pepper: My acting is the talk of Savannah.
Billy Boone: My acting is the scandal of Hollywood!


Billy Boone: [looks at Peggy's makeup] Remember, Baby, you're not painting a bungalow.


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Studio scenes taking place at the "Comet Studios" were taken at the derelict Mack Sennett "Keystone" studios, where such comedy greats as Charles Chaplin and Ben Turpin worked early in their careers. Sennett built and moved to a larger studio earlier in the year, so director King Vidor filmed his slapstick studio scenes at the older, vacated site.
The well known faces appearing in the banquet scene are, in the order they appear on screen: Dorothy Sebastian, Louella Parsons, Estelle Taylor, Claire Windsor, Aileen Pringle, Karl Dane, George K. Arthur, Leatrice Joy, Renée Adorée, Rod La Rocque, Mae Murray, John Gilbert, Norma Talmadge, Douglas Fairbanks, Marion Davies, and William S. Hart.
Based on the career of Gloria Swanson, who began her career in comedy.
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Show People

Released 1928
Inducted 2003
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