Show People

Show People

Marion Davies
Director: King Vidor Cast: Marion Davies
Marion Davies
, William Haines
William Haines
, Dell Henderson
Dell Henderson
King Vidor

DVD (Full Frame)

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This Marion Davies vehicle was loosely inspired by the career of Gloria Swanson. Davies plays would-be starlet Peggy Pepper, who arrives at the gates of MGM Studios with her dad Colonel Pepper (Dell Henderson) in hopes of becoming a great dramatic actress. Instead, she a scores a hit as an ingenue in the slapstick comedies starring the effervescent Billy Boone (William Haines). As the audience rocks with laughter during the preview of Peggy's first film (no one is more enthusiastic than her director Harry Gribbon), she sits in sullen silence, insisting to Billy that some day she'll invoke tears instead of laughter. This doesn't seem likely, inasmuch as Peggy can't even cry on cue (her director is forced to peel onions outside of camera range to achieve the desired emotion), but the tenacious young actress finally manages to win favor in dramatic roles. Inevitably, this causes a strain on her budding romance with Billy, and the couple slowly drifts apart. Now the unchallenged Queen of the Cinema, Peggy -- billing herself as Patricia Pepoire -- prepares to marry her oily leading man Andre (Paul Ralli), but mischievous Billy disrupts her fancy wedding. She angrily tosses Billy out of the house, realizing only when it's too late that she's still in love with him. But in the final scene, the hero and heroine are accidentally reunited on the set of a WWI picture directed by King Vidor (who also directed Show People). Two versions of Show People are currently available for TV; the "stretch-framed" Kevin Brownlow-David Gill restoration, with a new orchestral score by Carl Davis, and the original MGM release version, outfitted with a lively music and sound-effects track.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/14/2012
UPC: 0883316496909
Original Release: 1928
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:19:00
Sales rank: 22,338

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marion Davies Peggy Pepper
William Haines Billy Boone
Dell Henderson Col. Pepper
Paul Ralli Andre Telefair
Tenen Holtz Casting director
Harry Gribbon Comedy director
Sidney Bracey Dramatic director
Polly Moran Maid
Renée Adorée Herself
George K. Arthur Himself
Charles Chaplin Himself
Karl Dane Himself
Douglas Fairbanks Himself
John Gilbert Himself
Elinor Glyn Herself
Leatrice Joy Actor
Rod La Rocque Actor
Aileen Pringle Herself
Dorothy Sebastian Herself
Norma Talmadge Herself
Estelle Taylor Herself
Claire Windsor Herself
Albert Conti Producer
Lew Cody Special guest appearance
William S. Hart Special guest appearance
Mae Murray Special guest appearance
Louella Parsons Special guest appearance
King Vidor Special guest appearance

Technical Credits
King Vidor Director
John Arnold Cinematographer
William Axt Songwriter
Marion Davies Producer
Carl Davis Score Composer
Henrietta Frazer Costumes/Costume Designer
Cedric Gibbons Set Decoration/Design
Agnes Christine Johnston Screenwriter
David Mendoza Songwriter
Laurence Stallings Screenwriter
Wanda Tuchock Screenwriter
Hugh Wynn Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Show People
1. Chapter 1 [10:00]
2. Chapter 2 [10:00]
3. Chapter 3 [10:00]
4. Chapter 4 [10:00]
5. Chapter 5 [10:00]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [10:00]
8. Chapter 8 [8:30]

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