Show of Shows, The (MOD)

Frank Fay hosts a jamboree that, among its 70+ stars, features boxing champ Georges Carpentier, Myrna Loy in two-strip Technicolor as an exotic Far East beauty, John Barrymore in a Shakespearean soliloquy and Winnie Lightner.


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Show of Shows, The (MOD)
 
3.4

(based on 8 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Epic cast (4)
  • Broad appeal (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Adult viewers (3)
  • At home (3)
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5.0

extravaganza from 1929!

By onomatopoeia

from baltimore,md

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Pros

  • Broad Appeal
  • Engaging Characters
  • Epic Cast
  • Great Cinematography

Cons

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      Comments about Show of Shows, The (MOD):

      This was probably the first variety show ever filmed with sound. My 93 year old Mom was glued to the screen! The massive cast featured many different
      talents, unlike anything today. It was apparently the inspiration for a comedic tv show in the 1950s
      which inspired Billy Crystal.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      A Marvelous Time-Capsule

      By Heff Munson

      from Arlington, VA

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      Pros

      • Historically Intriguing

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Intelligent Viewers

        Comments about Show of Shows, The (MOD):

        The Show of Shows provides a fascinating snapshot of a culture in transition. The Silent era was ending, and the Depression had not yet arrived. It's a shame that most of the technicolor footage was lost, but the Black & White that remains is still well worth having. Frank Fay as the smarmy Emcee was ahead of his time. Modern viewers would do well to educate themselves about the 1920's before passing judgement. These performers mattered in their day, and should be respected. The emphasis on large synchronized marching will look no stranger than rap and breakdancing will look in fifty year's time. Appreciate it as part of the culture, and learn. If you don't know who Georges Carpentier and Ben Turpin were, go to Google and find out, and enjoy The Show of Shows.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Defective at first, but later corrected

        By Dave U.

        from Belvidere, IL

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        Comments about Show of Shows, The (MOD):

        Like other reviewers, I received (at first) a defective DVD that was missing around half of the promised running time. I reported the problem to Warner. I was sent two replacement DVDs. The first DVD was still defective but the second one was complete as advertised. If you received an incomplete DVD, I encourage you to ask for a replacement.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Half of movie not here

        By GaryM

        from Pasadena

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        Pros

        • Epic Cast

        Cons

        • Not What I Expected

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          Comments about Show of Shows, The (MOD):

          This is listed as 123 minutes with a lot of wonderful scenes listed on the cover. The actual DVD is around an hour & is missing most of what is listed on the cover.

           
          4.0

          EVERY WARNERS STAR EXCEPT JOLSON

          By Philmbuff

          from New York, NY

          About Me Movie Buff

          Pros

          • Broad Appeal
          • Epic Cast

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Adult Viewers
            • At Home

            Comments about Show of Shows, The (MOD):

            Arrived in very short order. Plays well. The print is clean, but not sharp. The color sequence is a bit too bright.

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Defective copy?

            By Floradora

            from Montreal

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            Pros

            • Broad Appeal

            Cons

            • Not What I Expected

            Best Uses

            • At Home

            Comments about Show of Shows, The (MOD):

            I got as a gift, from a friend based in the US, a genuine WB archive DVD of The Show of Shows. Yet, nearly half of the movie seems to be missing on the DVD including numbers listed on the back of the jewel case. I'm very disappointed.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A Lavish Extravaganza

            By earlytalkie

            from Chicago, Il

            About Me Movie Buff

            Pros

            • Epic Cast

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Adult Viewers
              • Perfect Gift

              Comments about Show of Shows, The (MOD):

              Here is a perfect example of the early-talkie revue film which was a staple of the major studios in 1929-30. Many stars of yesteryear appear in this series of musical numbers and skits. An added bonus is the "Chineese Fantasy" sequence in beautiful two-strip Technicolor. Simply fascinating for any film buff.

              (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              The Show of Shows WB 1929

              By MichaelMoviepas

              from Melbourne, Australia

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              Pros

              • Engaging Characters
              • Entertaining
              • Informative
              • Original

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Adult Viewers
                • At Home
                • Perfect Gift

                Comments about Show of Shows, The (MOD):

                The early WB multi-starrer has been on Laserdisc in the MGM/UA Dawn of Sound series(3 sets were produced with 6-9hrs of film. Made in 2-strip Technicolor, this 123mins films introduces many stars of the day plus a few ring-ins like Ella Shields(of Burlington Bertie from Bow fame, she was American). Notably missing is Al Jolson who like Garbo did not make appearances in all-starrer films during their own heydays although Jolson did have a couple of guests in 40s biography films. Singing the Bathtub, a popular record with Gracie Fields in the UK at the time is featured in this film which has a sequence described at the time of the Laserdisc set as a camp bath scene because a group of men march in a line toward the baths with their towels etc. A color sequence had been found and featured Myrna Loy in a Chinese setting chorus number and introduced by Rin Tin Tin, a popular Warner star at the time who had scripts written or supervised by Darryl F Zanuck. I have always enjoyed watching this film and only wished more color had been found. Worth more than a look and a must for a buff's library.

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