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A Song in the DarkThe Birth of the Musical Film$
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Richard Barrios

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195377347

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377347.001.0001

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Hollywood, Revued

Hollywood, Revued

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(p.157) 7 Hollywood, Revued
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A Song in the Dark
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Richard Barrios

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377347.003.0008

Another distinctive trend was the all-star revue film, as produced by most of the major studios. Each would serve as a guidepost to its company's reigning aesthetic as it addressed the new world of sound films. With The Hollywood Revue, MGM triumphed through a wise use of stars and production knowhow. With Show of Shows, Warner Bros. failed through a misspent budget and indifferent material. While Fox's Happy Days was tepid, Paramount on Parade was witty and resourceful. Universal's King of Jazz, by far the most spectacular of the revues, found artistic success at the expense of diminished audience favor. Seldom, after 1930, would such work ever be tried again.

Keywords:   revue, Hollywood Revue, Singin' in the Rain, MGM, Warner Bros, Technicolor, Paramount, King of Jazz, John Murray Anderson, Paul Whiteman, Rhapsody in Blue

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