It's Tough to Be Famous

It's Tough to Be Famous

Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Director: Alfred E. Green Cast: Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
, Mary Brian
Mary Brian
, Oscar Apfel
Oscar Apfel
Alfred E. Green

DVD (Full Frame)

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Undoubtedly inspired by Charles Lindbergh's unprecedented sudden fame (but not the ensuing tragedy), Mary McCall's 1932 novel The Goldfish Bowl was turned into a satirical comedy-drama featuring an engaging Douglas Fairbanks Jr. as a navy captain thrust into the limelight after saving his crew during a submarine disaster. With an unsolicited "personal manager" (played to the hilt by Walter Catlett) and a greedy corporation taking care of both ticker tape parades and all kinds of silly public relations stunts, Fairbanks discovers that he no longer has control of his life. He is constantly embarrassed by a novelty song, "Scotty Boy" (vigorously performed by Broadway crooner Clarence Nordstrom), and even wedded bliss to the understanding Mary Brian is turned into a public spectacle. Fortunately, a Danish sailor (Ivan Linow) saves a dog from drowning and instantly takes Fairbanks' place in the public awareness. Afraid of becoming celebrities once again after saving a car from being wrecked by an express train, the reluctant hero and his bride drive away as fast as they can, happy to begin a new, anonymous life in teeming New York City.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/11/2012
UPC: 0883316679272
Original Release: 1932
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:19:00
Sales rank: 32,301

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Douglas Fairbanks Scotty McClenahan
Mary Brian Janet
Oscar Apfel S. J. Boynton
Walter Catlett Joseph Greg Chapin
J. Carrol Naish Lt. Blake
Lillian Bond Actor
Ivan Linow Ole Olafson
Claire McDowell Mrs. Porter
Terrance Ray Actor
Harold Minjir Sutter
Emma Dunn Mom
David Landau Steve
Louise Beavers Ada
Berton Churchill Actor

Technical Credits
Alfred E. Green Director
Ray F. Curtiss Editor
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Esdras Hartley Art Director
Byron Haskin Cinematographer
Jack Killifer Editor
Robert Lord Screenwriter
Earl Luick Costumes/Costume Designer
Clarence Nordstrom Songwriter
Sol Polito Cinematographer

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