What Price Hollywood? Overview:

What Price Hollywood? (1932) was a Drama - Black-and-white Film directed by George Cukor and produced by David O. Selznick and Pandro S. Berman.


Cukor's movie breakthrough was a film that producer Selznick considered to be a fairly straight reportage of backstage Hollywood. Bennett, a waitress at the Brown Derby, convinces sozzled director Sherman to squire her around Hollywood and get her a screen test, a toe in the movie waters that leads to Oscars, romance, suicide, marriage, separation, and reconciliation. Cukor revisited the scene of this early success with the more melodramatic A Star is Born (1954).

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Academy Awards 1931/32 --- Ceremony Number 5 (source: AMPAS)

Best WritingAdela Rogers St. Johns, Jane MurfinNominated

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What Price Hollywood? (1932): Starring Constance Bennett

By 4 Star Film Fan on May 30, 2022 From 4 Star Films

Here is a film so completely attuned to Hollywood celebrity and fandom in its heyday. We open on Hollywood fashion magazines full of stockings and lipstick, and glossies of Greta Garbo & Clark Gable. Then, Mary Evans (Constance Bennett) pushes her retractable bed into the wall to head off to her... Read full article


By Terry on Oct 25, 2015 From Stardust and Shadows

In the first part of this series I took a capsule look at the Studio System with a nod to the use of drugs in order to produce and package the huge amount of product. It was not a complete look as many smaller operations such as PARAMOUNT PICTURES, RKO and the Poverty Row companies such as PRC, and ... Read full article


By Terry on Jun 21, 2015 From Stardust and Shadows

THE STUDIO GATES This is a slightly different look at the Hollywood myth – mainly because we are going to take a ?hardboiled? look at some of the ideas that nostalgic sites gloss over. Not all sites do yet this is an important part of the Hollywood story.? Gloss over, just as the major studios... Read full article

Pre-Code Crazy: What Price Hollywood? (1931)

By shadowsandsatin on May 2, 2015 From Shadows and Satin

In previous months, my Pre-Code Crazy pick has always been a film that I?ve seen numerous times before. And while I was initially quite certain that this month?s selection also fit into that category, it turns out that I?d actually never seen it before! Oh, I?d seen the film?s beginning countless ti... Read full article

What Price Hollywood? (1932) (2)

on Mar 24, 2014 From Journeys in Classic Film

It’s safe to say I know a lot about Hollywood; whether it’s reviewing movies or, by extension, reviewing movies about the art of making movies there’s no escaping the glittering pool of the silver screen.? It could explain the proliferation of behind-the-curtain features I watch.? ... Read full article

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Quotes from

Miss DuPont, the Interviewer: Oh how do you do?
Mary Evans: How do you do Miss DuPont?
Miss DuPont, the Interviewer: My what a lovely place!
Mary Evans: This is my husband.
Miss DuPont, the Interviewer: How do you do Mr. Borden?
Lonny Borden: How do you do.
Miss DuPont, the Interviewer: I didn't dream you were so handsome. What a pair of lovers! Oh I must have a photograph of you looking at each other just like that.
Mary Evans: Well, let's sit down.
Miss DuPont, the Interviewer: Thank you.
Mary Evans: Come on Lonny.
[Mary grabs Lonny's arm and pulls him down to sit]

Maximillan 'Max' Carey: Would you mind reading that fan letter for me?
[it is written on the front of the shirt he is wearing]
James, Max's Butler: Mary Evans. Five foot four inches. Weight 102 pounds. Complextion blonde. Telephone Gladstone 5309. Sings and swims. Rides horseback.
Maximillan 'Max' Carey: Well, I, I wonder who...?
James, Max's Butler: It must have been the young lady.
Maximillan 'Max' Carey: Young lady? Did I bring some one home with me last night?
James, Max's Butler: No sir, some one brought you home this morning. She's downstairs asleep.
Maximillan 'Max' Carey: I must get a dressing gown!

Mary Evans: I'm in pictures. Mr. Carey I'm in pictures!
Maximillan 'Max' Carey: Well don't blame me.
Julius Saxe: Goodbye Mary. I want to talk to you Maxie.
Mary Evans: Goodbye Mr. Saxe. Goodbye Mr. Carey. Thank you!
[Mary turns and walks to the projector room's exit door]
Maximillan 'Max' Carey: Goodbye Mary. Be careful about your options.

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Facts about

David O. Selznick wanted Clara Bow for the role of Mary Evans, but she turned it down when she was offered more money from Fox.
Max Carey was modelled after Lowell Sherman himself, who was known to be an alcoholic, as well as silent film director Marshall Neilan and actor John Barrymore (who was Sherman's brother-in-law at the time).
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson's first movie.
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