Hollywood And Vine (1945)

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Comedy that forgets to be funny and relies on a trained dog to keep you interested. It’s just a way to waste an hour. Along the way there’s a cameo by Michael Romanoff owner of the famous restaurant that bears his name.

Reporters are interviewing multi millionaire Pop Barkley (Emmett Lynn) about how he became successful. The movie goes into flashback mode.

Pop ran a hamburger stand near Hollywood. Martha Manning (Wanda McKay) wanders in on her way to what she thinks is stardom. The next customer is Larry Winters (James Ellison).  He’s taken with Martha in seconds. He plays “The Emperor Waltz” on the jukebox.  A small dog (Daisey) appears and starts dancing. While Larry is distracted Martha sneaks out. Larry thinks the dog is hers and tries to find her.

Martha goes to see her friend Gloria Devine. She lives in a bungalow at a place called Chateau La Rue. Gloria gave her the impression it was a mansion. Martha also discovers that Gloria isn’t an actress but a stand in. Martha still wants to be a star but things aren’t going well. She takes a job at a drug store at Hollywood and Vine run by Reggie (Franklin Pangborn).

Larry goes to Lavish Studios. He was hired by studio head B.B.Lavish in New York where Larry had a successful play he wrote on Broadway. B.B. tells him maybe they’ll do the play adaption later. For now he wants him to write a script about people trying to break into the movies. The difficult Ceddric Boris will direct.

Larry goes to Hollywood and Vine to do some research. While talking with a newspaper seller the movie does have a funny moment. One of the sellers pals comes by with a Collie. He tricks tourists into thinking the dog is Lassie. Larry spots Martha heading home from work and follows her. That gets the door slammed in his face.

Emperor shows him the vacancy sign that says dogs are welcome. The studio gave him a house complete with a butler named Jenkins but Larry takes a bungalow. He tries to return the dog to Martha but she lets him know he doesn’t belong to her. The ice melts between them and she gets him a job behind the counter at the drug store. He’s calling himself Larry Summers.

Martha doesn’t know that Larry has already presented the script of his play to Lavish and she takes it over to the studio. B.B’s brother  knows right away what the script is and tells his brother who has been searching for Larry. To get publicity he planted an article in the paper that the studio’s star Ann Mason and Larry are getting married.

Emperor sneaks into a studio where Borris is auditioning dogs. Emperor does his stuff and Borris wants to sign him. Emperor ran out and got back into Martha’s car. B.B., Borris and Ann find Larry at the drug store. Ann goes to the Chateau and tells Martha about their engagement and she takes off. Larry goes after her. Nothing doing.

Borris puts Emperor’s picture in the paper in an effort to find him. He’s offering five hundred bucks to whoever brings him in. Gloria is walking him and buys a paper. Then it’s off to the studio.

Emperor becomes a huge success. Abigail Whitehouse files a half million dollar lawsuit saying she’s the actual owner of Emperor. At the trial Pop is called as a witness. Charles “Ming The Merciless” Middelton plays a lawyer named Wilson.

This is pretty bad despite the appeal of Wanda McKay.

The dog was discovered in an animal shelter and originally named Spooks because he was afraid of everything. He ended up playing Blondie and Dagwood’s dog Daisey in the movie series.

James Ellison-Franklin Pangborn

James Ellison-Franklin Pangborn

 

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I'm a big fan of vintage books,movies,TV shows and music. I encourage everyone to patronize your local used book/record store and pick up some of the good stuff. My posts are capsule reviews of some favorites that you may want to investigate. The albums posted aren't really reviews but items from my collection that are still available. I try and point out highlights of each one and let the music speak for itself. Thanks to all for checking out the blog.
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