What Price Hollywood?

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

Terrific performances, a sharp story by Adela Rogers St John, and characteristically elegant, subtle direction from Cukor make this largely affectionate but sometimes biting satire on Hollywood and its star system a perennial delight. Its story - waitress-turned-actress Bennett's star rises while that of her mentor/director, the cynically self-loathing alcoholic Sherman, fades - served as a run-through for the more famous A Star Is Born (also produced by Selznick), and the steady shift from light, bubbly comedy to the genuine darkness of the scenes leading to Sherman's suicide is effortlessly made. Funny, moving, and unusually honest.


Release details

88 mins

Cast and crew

George Cukor
Gene Fowler, Rowland Brown
Constance Bennett
Lowell Sherman
Neil Hamilton
Gregory Ratoff
Brooks Benedict
Louise Beavers
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