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Hollywood Story Details


Economically utilizing the Universal Studio itself as a "set," Hollywood Story is a murder mystery centered in the film capital. The story concerns a long-unsolved homicide case involving several silent-film stars (an echo of the William Desmond Taylor scandal of 1922). Producer Richard Conte decides to make a movie based on the case, and to this end rounds up its surviving participants, including a once-great star/director (Henry Hull) reduced to bit parts. The denouement holds no surprises for mystery fans, but is effectively staged by director William Castle. Hollywood Story is given the aura of verisimilitude by the presence of several silent-movie celebrities (including William Farnum and Francis X. Bushman) as "themselves." Also appearing in an unheralded bit part is Elmo Lincoln, moviedom's first "Tarzan." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Richard Conte
as Larry O'Brien
Julie Adams
as Sally Rousseau
Richard Egan
as Lt. Lennox
Henry Hull
as Vincent St. Clair
Fred Clark
as Sam Collyer
Jim Backus
as Mitch Davis
Paul Cavanagh
as Roland Paul
Katherine Meskill
as Mary
Betty Blythe
Francis X. Bushman
William Farnum
Helen Gibson
Joel McCrea
as Guest


William Castle
Frederick Kohner
Fred Brady
Carl Guthrie
Joseph E. Gershenson
Composer (Music Score)
Joseph E. Gershenson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Virgil Vogel
Bernard Herzbrun
Art Director